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Israeli policeman faces murder charge in Nakba Day shooting of Palestinian teen


By Editor - November 13, 2014
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An Israeli border policeman was arrested Tuesday in connection to the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teen earlier this year. 

Israel’s Judea and Samaria District police on Tuesday detained an enlisted border policeman with the suspicion that he shot and killed 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara. Nawara and another Palestinian teen, Muhammad Salameh (16), were shot dead during 15 May outside of Israel’s Ofer Prison near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The policeman’s commander was also arrested on suspicion that he knew the officer had shot the boy and not reported it. The commander was released to house arrest until Sunday. 

Up until now, there have been contradictions in the reports made by both the Israeli army and police regarding what took place that day, both of which argued that no live fire was used to disperse the demonstrators. 

CCTV cameras captured the moments when both teens were shot. Neither teen posed any clear threat to Israeli force at the time of the shootings. 

Israeli district police conducted an investigation into the fatal shooting and the suspected use of live fire by border policeman, interrogating all policemen present at the time. All those interviewed denied using live rounds, in spite of the CCTV footage and eyewitness claims by Palestinians that the boys were both shot by live fire. 

Similarly, Israeli military police conducted its own investigation, interviewing all artillery corps soldiers involved in the event. No one was able to explain the differing versions of events. 

The Nuwara family, however, was able to push the case forward, after discovering one of the fatal bullets lodged in the casing of the boy’s backpack. The family provided the bullet to the police, prompting investigators to inspect the weapon of one of the policemen. The man was subsequently arrested after it was believed he had fired live bullets and previously lied to investigators about his role in the shooting. 

The Jerusalem court extended he officer’s remand by six days. 

Human rights group Amnesty International condemned the killings, saying the Israeli army has “repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land, and construction of unlawful settlements.” 

The Executive Director of Defense for Children International—Palestine, Rifat Kassis, said at the time of killings that “the images captured on video show unlawful killings where neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at the time of their shooting.” 

“These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes, and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes,” Kassis said. 

The US State Department has similarly urged Israel to conduct a “prompt and transparent investigation.” 

 

 

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