Document details execution of Palestinians at Israeli West Bank checkpoints

GENEVA, A document delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) details execution of Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, a Euro-Med press release said on Thursday.

The document discussed the Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank under item 7 of the Human Rights Council’s agenda on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

It detailed the Israeli soldiers’ shooting of Palestinians at checkpoints in the West Bank, highlighting the crippling impact of checkpoints on the daily lives of Palestinians, violating basic human rights, including the rights to freedom of movement, to health care, to freedom of religion, to work and to freedom from collective and indiscriminate punishment, according to the press release.

Field executions by Israeli soldiers during the past years have been rampant at checkpoints in all areas of the West Bank, especially since 2015, following the spread of knife attacks by Palestinians targeting soldiers at checkpoints. Even though in most cases they posed no serious threat to the Israeli army, they were done in an arbitrary and excessive manner, said Euro-Med.

These practices are a flagrant violation of the ‘Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions’ (the Minnesota Protocol) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, which calls for an end to that policy and allowing transparent investigations, it said.

The paper called on the United Nations General Assembly to reactivate the Union for Peace mechanism adopted by General Assembly resolution 37710, which allows the General Assembly to consider cases where the Security Council has failed to agree on appropriate measures to maintain international peace and security.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency