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No charges for Israel soldier who killed Palestinian child returning from swimming

MEMO | January 12, 2018

An Israeli army officer who opened fire on a car of Palestinian civilians, killing a 15-year-old boy, will not be prosecuted, it was reported today.

Mahmoud Badran was killed, and four friends wounded, after returning from a swimming pool on the night of 21 June 2016.

At the time, the Israeli military claimed the forces responsible believed the car of youngsters were responsible for throwing stones at Route 443 in the occupied West Bank.

An investigation by the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division (MPCID) has now concluded that the “mistake” was a reasonable one to make in the circumstances, despite the fact that the officer opened fire in violation of the regulations.

According to Haaretz, the officer in question is a platoon commander in the Kfir Brigade, which is based in the occupied West Bank. He, and two colleagues, were driving towards Jerusalem in plain clothes when they noticed stones and an oil patch on the road, and a bus parked up on the side.

After driving to where they believed the stones had been thrown from, the officer and soldiers got out and opened fire on a car driving on a road under Route 443. Open-fire regulations in the West Bank state that when a vehicle does not endanger the soldiers, shots must be fired in the air.

According to Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “massive fire” was directed at the vehicle of Palestinian youngsters, despite the fact that there was zero indication its occupants were responsible for the stone-throwing (and even if there had been, lethal force was unjustified).

The MPCID investigation similarly concluded that the officer had not seen the stone throwers, and targeted the car purely due to its proximity to the site. Despite such findings, no indictment will be filed against the officer, not even for causing death by negligence.

According to Haaretz, the officer faces dismissal for his conduct during the incident. The army spokesperson told the paper that the findings were still being examined by the Military Advocate General’s office ahead of a final decision.

At the time, B’Tselem predicted that the investigation would produce no results, slamming “the military law enforcement system” as “a whitewashing mechanism”.

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4 Comments »

  1. No, to be sure, in Occupied Palestine Jews are allowed, even encouraged, to kill goyim, especially children, under any and all circumstances. Every such killing is a blow struck against the “demographic threat”. Ask any Zio rabbi.

    Comment by traducteur | January 13, 2018 | Reply

  2. “We must kill all the Palestinians unless they are prepared to live here as slaves”….Shlomo Lahat……Mayor of Tel Aviv….Oct 1983.
    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish Fingernail”……Rabbi Yaacov Perrin….Feb 1994……..(And they mocked the Germans for calling themselves the “Master Race”

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 13, 2018 | Reply

  3. Where has the United Nations been since 1947 when the racial cleansing of Palestinian began. Serbia was attacked for less. May their atrocities be on their children, and their children’s children.

    Comment by John L. | January 13, 2018 | Reply

    • To be fair to the United Nations, there have been around 100 resolutions passed by the General Assembly(ie, The World)condemning Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and these are routinely vetoed by a Security Council member (Usually the USA).
      The United Nations is a most UNDEMOCRATIC organisation, because of the power of Veto.
      Israel has the USA ‘by the nuts’ and therefore, the UN ‘by the nuts’…….. Israel tells the USA what to do, and the USA obeys, see how it works?

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 13, 2018 | Reply


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