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IDF soldiers who kill Palestinians in the West Bank are seldom punished,
regardless of the circumstances, according to a new report to be released on
Tuesday by the organization B’Tselem.
The report, called “Void of
Responsibility,” states that the reason for the low number of prosecutions is
that the IDF’s Judge Advocate-General’s office routinely procrastinates on cases
and the military police do not probe such issues.
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The report states that
out of 148 cases in which 288 Palestinians were killed between 2006 and 2009,
only 22 resulted in the opening of a Military Police Investigation Unit probe.
Ninety-five of those cases are still pending.
B’Tselem said Monday that
in their examinations of a number of cases, “investigations are not opened even
where there is a grave suspicion that the law has been broken.
analysis of the files shows that the authorities’ interpretation of the events
is based solely on the results of an operational inquiry and the statements of
the soldiers, without any reliance on the eyewitness testimony of other persons
and on other evidence that contradicts the soldiers’ position.”
statement issued on Monday, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said “the
majority of the
subjects and contentions brought up in the B’Tselem report are mentioned
petition the organization issued to the High Court of Justice on the
the state has responded in a comprehensive way. A number of the
mentioned in the report have been examined and the results of such
sent directly to the organization [B’Tselem].”
The statement added: “It
is worth noting that every human being who has found themselves hurt by
decisions has the right to appeal them and turn to the Attorney-General’s
Office or the High Court of Justice.”
The statement also takes issue with
10 cases mentioned in the report, detailing how in each one an official
investigation was opened and completed.