Day After Shooting Dead at Least 15, Israeli Forces Open Fire on Gaza Protesters Again
Common Dreams quotes USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer’s tweets commenting on the Israeli military’s admission of deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian protesters during the Land Day protests in the Gaza Strip, during which 18 Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers.
Israel-based human rights group B’Tselem—which noted that “Israeli forces have already been lethally shooting Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza for some time”—criticized such a characterization of the movement. Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, also noted that “Israeli allegations of violence by some protesters do not change the fact that using lethal force is banned by international law except to meet an imminent threat to life.”
Yousef Munayyer, executive director of The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, tweeted that “The Israeli military tweeted they knew ‘where every bullet landed,’ then deleted it, probably because there is video showing their bullets landing in the backs of unarmed protesters.”
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