UN Human Rights Chief Slams Israel for ‘Wanton’ Killing of Palestinian Amputee, Blames Trump for Clashes

UN Human Rights Chief Slams Israel for ‘Wanton’ Killing of Palestinian Amputee, Blames Trump for Clashes

Wheelchair-bound Palestinian demonstrator Ibraheem Abu Thuraya gestures during a protest against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Gaza, December 15, 2017.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemed on Tuesday the shooting of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday.

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, lost his legs during an Israeli airstrike nine years ago. He was one of four Palestinians killed during a wave of protests and clashes over the weekend following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. One of those killed was shot after he attempted to stab an Israeli officer.

“The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive,” Zeid said, adding that Thuraya appears to have been killed by a bullet wound to the head when he was around 20 meters from the Israel-Gaza border fence.

Zeid said that given Thuraya’s disability there was no evidence that he posed a threat to the Israeli forces. “His killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act,” Zeid said.

“These events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative,” he added.

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration nearly two weeks ago sparked protests and violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security services. Scores of Palestinians have been injured and eight Palestinians – including two Hamas militants and a Palestinian attacker – have died during the unrest following the U.S. move.

The Israeli army said that Thuraya participated in “extremely violent” riots, in which Palestinians threw rocks and explosive devices and burned tires.

The army added that the soldiers “showed restraint in the use of force” and requests for details on Thuraya’s injuries were not recieved.

Source: : https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.829950

 

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