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US accuses Israel of using 'excessive force' against Palestinians

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The US State Department has accused Israel of using “excessive force” against Palestinians, adding that the Israeli Army killed Palestinians even when they did not pose extreme danger. The statements were made in a newly released annual report.

“There were numerous reports of the ISF (Israel security forces) killing Palestinians during riots, demonstrations, at checkpoints, and during routine operations; in some cases they did not pose a threat to life,” the report states.

It goes on to say that while 149 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces in 2015, only 77 of those deaths occurred in the course of attacking Israelis.

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Those numbers clash with Israeli government figures, which state that some two-thirds of Palestinians killed during a wave of violence in October were in the midst of attempting or carrying out attacks, and that the rest died in clashes with security forces.

The report went on to state that the biggest human rights violations in Israel were terror attacks against civilians, as well as “institutional and societal discrimination” against Arabs, Israelis of Ethiopian extraction, women, non-Orthodox Jews, and migrants.

The document was also critical of Israeli legislation forcing foreign government-funded NGOs to take certain measures, which some say would target groups critical of the government.

The findings come after Secretary of State John Kerry was asked by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and nine other lawmakers in February to probe claims of “gross violations of human rights”by Israel and Egypt. They cited examples of alleged extrajudicial killings by both countries.

In the case of Israel, Leahy and the other lawmakers cited claims by Amnesty International and other human rights groups relating to the deaths of Fadi Aloun, Sa’ad al-Atrash, Hadeel Hashlamoun and Mutaw Awisat. Tel Aviv maintains all four were killed while attacking Israelis, though the claims are disputed.

The request from Leahy and the other signatories, reported in March, prompted an angry response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The IDF and the Israel Police do not engage in executions. Israel’s soldiers and police officers defend themselves and innocent civilians with the highest moral standards against bloodthirsty terrorists who come to murder them,” Netanyahu said in a statement at the time.

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https://www.rt.com/news/339634-excessive-force-israel-palestinians/

There are plenty of videos showing Israeli soldiers executing Palestinians and there's the "accidental" bulldozing of Rachel Corey.  If Israel is going to occupy that territory, they have responsibility, too.  And they are still expanding their settlements which is wrong and should be soundly condemned and all of that needs to cease immediately.  They are never going to have peace over there.  It's a fight for land to this day, since 1948. 

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"US State Department has accused Israel of using “excessive force” against Palestinians"

Why can't this be on repeat on every tv station? Maybe the jews will slip and start talking about this on the shows on tv. 

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2 hours ago, Paul said:

"US State Department has accused Israel of using “excessive force” against Palestinians"

Why can't this be on repeat on every tv station? Maybe the jews will slip and start talking about this on the shows on tv. 

I have actually seen articles in Israeli papers condemning what their government is doing over there and there have been interviews with Israeli soldiers who condemn it, as well as activist doing the same thing. Not all of the people who live there are for the bad things their government does, anymore than a lot of people here in the U.S. are for what our "leaders" are doing.  But, a very over represented group of dual Israeli/U.S. citizens are in control of many seats in our Congress and until those people start putting the U.S. first, nothing is going to be fixed anywhere.  

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