Date: 5 Jan 2021
A briefing on shooting a Palestinian youth in the neck with a live bullet by an Israeli soldier.
The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) highly appreciates your constant desire to intervene for the sake of human beings and their rights. We are addressing you today to urge you to refer this letter to the international community, and/or issuing an announced press position regarding the intention of the Israeli occupation forces to inflict bodily harm on a Palestinian civilian through a live bullet from zero distance that penetrated his neck and exited from the other side.
The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) sent this briefing to : Mr. Michael Lynk ,The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.
According to the information available to the International Commission, on Friday, 1 January 2021, while an Israeli army force was accompanying the local civilian authorities, which were handing out demolition notices and confiscating an electrical generator used in construction, and as a result of the peaceful objection of a Palestinian citizen: Harun Rasmi Abu Aram (24 years old) from the Litwana area east of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the West Bank, the occupation forces fired approximately 19 bullets from zero distance, one of them injured Abu Arar in a sensitive and dangerous area, where it entered and exited his neck.
He was transferred to Yatta Governmental Hospital, then to Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, and now he is in the intensive care and suffers from swelling.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the young man, Abu Aram, was injured in the neck by a gunshot from the occupation forces, which resulted in a direct injury to the nerves and spine, causing quadriplegia.
The young man Abu Aram was peacefully trying to prevent the Israeli forces from confiscating construction equipment in front of his house, and the video recordings attached to this letter show the attempt of Palestinian citizens to prevent the occupation soldiers from confiscating an electrical generator, then they shot him.
The Israeli occupation forces’ commission of this crime is considered an additional episode to the series of Israeli occupation’s policies and its disregard for the lives of Palestinian citizens and the ease of shooting directly towards the citizens, which is a crime against humanity according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
We hope that you will take action now, Palestinian citizens deserve to work with them and for them. All of them are looking for an international role that guarantees their internationally recognized rights, including the public transmission of this information to member states of the Human Rights Council, which may constitute a factor of positive pressure on the Israeli occupation to withdraw from these policies, legislations and procedures that target the Palestinians and their presence.