Nakba Day protesters on Lebanon border 311 (R).
(photo credit: Sharif Karim / Reuters)
NATIONS - Israel used force "not commensurate to the threat" when it
fired live ammunition during a Palestinian Nakba Day demonstration in May, but the
protesters also behaved in a provocative and violent way, a UN report
released on Wednesday said.The
report came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office and is based
on an investigation carried out by UNIFIL, the United Nation's force in
The IDF fired on a demonstration at a
Lebanese border village on May 15, security sources and the Lebanese
army told Reuters at the time. Israel claimed that the Lebanese army was
responsible for much of the shooting.
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Seven people died
according to the UN report, a figure that was revised down from eleven
initially reported killed. The incident happened by the Blue Line -- the
UN-mapped frontier between Lebanon and Israel.
"The secretary-general stands by his conclusions and observations," Ban's spokeswoman told journalists on Wednesday.
The demonstrators, "in throwing stones and petrol bombs across the
Israeli technical fence and the Blue Line ... carried out a provocative
and violent act that constitutes a violation of resolution 1701,"
UNIFIL's preliminary findings found.
However, the "firing of live ammunition by the Israel Defense Forces
across the Blue Line against the demonstrators" also "constituted a
violation of resolution 1701 and was not commensurate to the threat to
The UN Security Council's Resolution 1701, adopted in August 2006,
called for a full cessation of hostilities in the month-long war between
Israel and Hezbollah.
The UN report calls on Lebanese Armed Forces and Lebanese authorities to
"enforce law and order in the area and to prevent any incident on the
It also calls on Israel to "refrain from responding with live fire in
such situations, except where clearly required in immediate
Palestinians mourn the creation of the state of Israel on May 15 each
year in what is called Nakba Day, mostly in West Bank and Gaza. This
year, inspired by popular uprisings across the Arab world, they also
organized demonstrations in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt along
frontiers with Israel.
The UN report, dated July 1, was an advance copy which will be issued as a Security Council document according to its cover.
JPost.com staff contributed to this report.