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With Immunity From the System, Israeli Forces Risk Adopting Ethos of a Gang

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In recent days, three incidents have been reported in which border policemen and soldiers used force whose necessity was dubious, but nevertheless received immunity from the system.

The most serious was the refusal to investigate the death of a 19-year-old Palestinian from Hebron who was shot after going to Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate with the intention of stabbing border policemen. Not only did the Justice Ministry department that investigates police misconduct decline to investigate, but this decision was backed by the prosecution.

The Jerusalem police took testimony from the border policemen who shot the teen. One said he shot the terrorist in the head from a distance of seven meters after the terrorist had already fallen to the ground. The second said he fired another bullet because he saw the terrorist move his head. The third admitted that the policemen had “confirmed the kill.”

Despite this, the Justice Ministry department twice refused to........

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