'Adalah' slams gov't over 2000 riots

Arab rights group demands A-G investigate handling of 'October events.'

October 15, 2006 13:39
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A report published Sunday by a rights advocacy group for Arab citizens leveled harsh criticism at the police and State Prosecutor Eran Shendar for their handling of the October 2000 riots. The report by 'Adalah' accuses the Justice Ministry's Police Investigative Division (PID), then headed by Shendar, of ommissions and negligence in the aftermath of the events, in which 12 Israeli Arab citizens and a Palestinian were killed by police. Five of the killings were not investigated at all, the organization asserted, and others were not handled in a timely and responsible manner. The PID did not gather enough evidence, presented an inaccurate description of the events and protected the police officers it was charged with investigating. Hassan Asalah, the father of one of the citizens killed in the clashes and spokesman for the bereaved parents' committee, likened the government of Israel to the "dark regime of [Nazi] Germany" over the October 2000 events. Speaking at a press conference Sunday, Asalah said, addressing the government, "if you fired your justice minister over a kiss and investigate the president for sexual harassment, why don't you settle accounts with those who murdered our sons?" Adalah was to present its report to Attorney General Menahem Mazuz, whom the group urged to begin investigating the PID immediately. The group also called on the government to suspend Shendar from his office until the matter was resolved. The Justice Ministry rejected "any attempts to de-legitimize PID and its people."

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