Israel’s military says troops have raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
Amnesty International condemned what it said could be a “war crime”.
“This was a gruesome, immoral and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation”, he said.
“It is clear that the Palestinian youth who was one of the two who stabbed the soldier was lying on the ground without posing any risk to security services”, she told AFP. However, the knife was beyond his reach when the man was shot and killed.
The man shot in the head was identified as Abdul Fatah Al Sharif, 21, while the other Palestinian was Ramzi Al Qasrawi, also 21.
An IDF soldier caught on camera as he shot dead an apparently disarmed Palestinian assailant in the West Bank appeared in Jaffa Military Court on Friday, where it emerged that he is now the suspect in a Military Police murder investigation. One of the soldiers is then seen raising his gun and shooting Mr al-Sharif in the head, before blood is seen pouring from his wound.
Adult Palestinians aren’t the only ones bearing the brunt of the Israeli military’s questionable peacekeeping tactics – in fact, Palestinian children may be enduring the worst of it. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, since violence began rising last October, almost 2,200 Palestinian children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been injured by direct conflict.
During the same time period, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two USA citizens while carrying out attacks in the streets.
On March 14 the Israeli parliament approved a tough new law to keep out Palestinian workers, as part of measures aimed at tackling a surge in attacks against Israelis.
Despite the controversy in Israel over the incident, the hawkish former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman defended the shooting, saying it was “hypocritical and unfair to gang up against the soldier”.
“An initial investigation into the incident found this to be a very grave incident that contravenes the IDF’s values and what is expected of its soldiers and commanders”. He said he one Palestinian man motionless, with blood running down his face, and another lying on the ground, still moving.
The Palestinians, along with some foreign officials, such as Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom, have accused Israel of using excessive force and killing assailants who have already been stopped or wounded.
Dotan Greenvald served with the IDF in Hebron between 2002-2003 and is one of the founding members of Breaking the Silence – a group of Israeli veterans who are critical of the army’s human rights record.