State will claim in court that Gaza protests are 'part of armed conflict between Hamas and Israel'; all video documentation and eyewitness testimony contradicts this claim.
The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem will hear the petition protesting Israeli military's use of snipers against unarmed civilian protesters in Gaza tomorrow (Monday), at 9:00 AM.
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights filed a petition with the Supreme Court on 23 April 2018 demanding that it order the Israeli military to stop using snipers and live ammunition in order to disperse Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip.
Adalah will be represented at the Supreme Court tomorrow by founder and General Director Hassan Jabareen and senior Attorney Suhad Bishara.
Adalah Media Director Tom Mehager will also be on-site and available for coordination with media (+972-52-436-6355).
Al Mezan Director Mr. Issam Younis has applied for a Gaza exit permit to attend the Supreme Court hearing.
Since 30 March 2018, Israeli soldiers have killed 39 Palestinians in the protests, amongst them two journalists and four children. During this same time, the Israeli military wounded 3,650 people in the protests, including 665 children, 128 women, 30 paramedics, and 32 journalists. 1,933 of the wounded were hit by live ammunition.
The state on Sunday morning issued its response in advance of tomorrow's hearing, claiming that "these are incidents that are part of the armed conflict between the Hamas terrorist organization and Israel, with all that this implies."
Adalah issued an immediate rebuttal to the state's claims:
"All the eyewitness testimony and video documentation from the past several weeks clearly reveals the Israeli military has been using live fire in Gaza, resulting in the killings of dozens of unarmed protesters taking part in civilian demonstrations. At no point did the protesters endanger the lives of others. The protest march's general principles document makes clear that the protests are popular, non-violent, and unarmed. Likewise, Gaza civil society organizers informed both the United Nations and the media of the protest's goals and civilian nature before they even commenced."
Adalah and Al Mezan reassert that the protests occur within a clear law enforcement context that is governed by international human rights law. Force must be used proportionately and as a last resort. Unlawful targeting will amount to grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention within the context of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory.
The petition filed by Adalah and Al Mezan was joined by the Supreme Court with a similar petition filed by The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Yesh Din, Gisha, and HaMoked – Center for the Defense of the Individual.
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