Within the framework of the follow-up of Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA of the developments of human rights in the Palestinian territories, especially with regard to the systematic violations of the rules of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories; It condones the ongoing Israeli occupation authorities use of excessive and disproportionate military force against the Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank.
According to a video clip published by the media; Yesterday, Friday November 27, 2020, the Israeli occupation soldiers sniped a Palestinian boy while participating in peaceful popular demonstrations condemning the establishment of a settlement outpost in the village of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah, in the center of the occupied West Bank. This act reflects the excessive use of military force as the boy did not form any danger to the Israeli occupation soldiers who are armed with the most powerful weapons. The video showed the Israeli soldiers’ joy after the boy was hit in the leg by rubber-coated metal bullets.
HRIA affirms that this crime cannot be separated from the ongoing violations of the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Palestinian territories, and that it constitutes conclusive evidence of their use of excessive force against the Palestinians, which is what the Association considers a compounded violation of international charters and decisions, as it is on the one hand violate the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, as a right guaranteed under Article 20/1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 11 of European Charter of Human Rights, which the Palestinian protest against settlement did not deviate from.
On the other hand, the practices of the Israeli occupation against civilians and their excessive use of force violate the basic principles of the United Nations regarding the use of force, as Article 3 of the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials prohibits the use of force except in cases of extreme necessity and within the limits necessary to perform their duty, which the Israeli forces ignored. In addition to that; Intentionally causing severe suffering may constitute a war crime according to Article 8 of the Rome Statute.
HRIA considers that the silence of the international community and its inability to take effective measures against the occupation forces’ gross violations of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the activation of accountability tools for these violations, will reinforce its feeling that it is a state above the law and accountability.
Therefore, Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA condemns the continuing crimes of the Israeli occupation authorities and the excessive use of military force against Palestinian civilians, and affirms the illegality of the Israeli settlements and their categorical violation of the provisions and rules of international law; And it:
- Urges the international community to hold its responsibilities and move immediately to stop the crimes of the Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and to move beyond the state of condemnation to actual intervention in a manner that obliges the Israeli occupation authorities to stop their grave violations of the rules of international humanitarian law.
- Urges the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations contained in Article 1 of the Convention, according to which they should ensure its respect in all cases.
- Renews its demand for the European Union to stop all forms of cooperation with the Israeli occupation, as it is a sponsor of terrorism.
Human Rights Institutions Association – HRIA
November 29, 2020