Palestinians demand investigation into extrajudicial killing of 3 men by Israeli security forces

Three Palestinians traveling in a car were ambushed and killed in broad daylight in a busy street in Nablus in the occupied West Bank by Israeli security forces traveling in a civilian vehicle

February 09, 2022 by Peoples Dispatch
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Continuing with its policy of extrajudicial executions, Israeli security forces entered Nablus in the occupied West Bank and killed three Palestinians traveling in a car on Tuesday, February 8. The three killed were members of the Fatah party, a constituent of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). 

Israeli forces entered the Al-Makhfieh locality of Nablus city in a civilian vehicle and opened fire on the car carrying the three passengers, according to eyewitness accounts as reported by several media outlets. The pictures of the car show multiple holes caused by several rounds of firing. The Palestinians who died were identified as Ashraf Mubaslat, Adham Mabrouka and Mohammad Dakhil, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has condemned the killings and called it “assassination.” It has demanded an international inquiry into the incident and issued a statement holding Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett “fully and directly responsible for this crime.” The PA also urged the UN to live up to its mandate and take steps to protect the lives of Palestinians. It demanded that the US pressure Israel to stop such criminal acts, Wafa reported.

Human rights groups and activists also condemned the killing of the three Palestinians by the Israeli security forces. Some questioned the logic offered by Israeli internal security agency Shin Bet which claimed that the Palestinians killed were “militants” responsible for several incidents of shooting on security forces in the area. 

Activists countered the Israeli claims and called the killings a blatant violation of due process as none of those killed were implicated or tried. The manner of the killings also highlights the excessive and disproportionate use of force by an occupying authority and is an example of extrajudicial executions.  

The three Palestinians were members of the largely defunct Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade associated with the Fatah Party. Thousands of Palestinians participated in their funeral procession later in the evening. 

Palestinians in Nablus city and the entire West Bank observed a general strike on Wednesday to protest the killings.  

Ever since the occupation of Palestine in 1967, Israeli security forces have been involved in extrajudicial killings of Palestinians. The number of such deaths increased after the second intifada in 2001 when Israeli security forces adopted the policy of “preventive strikes” against suspected “terrorist” attacks. This policy remains in force even now as it was used by Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz to justify Tuesday’s killings. According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli security forces killed at least 77 Palestinians last year. Nearly half of them were never implicated in any criminal attacks, Al-Jazeera reported. 

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