Ref:
165/2014

 

In
excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli
forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of
occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces
moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians.  A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered
and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian
was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family’s house in Antar
quarter in the north of the refugee camp. Israeli forces claimed that an
Israeli unit was fired at near Qalandya refugee camp, so they opened fire in
response, killing a Palestinian and wounding another one. However,
investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
refute the Israeli claim.

 

According
to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 16
December 2014, Israeli forces moved into Qalandya refugee camp, north of
occupied Jerusalem, to arrest Palestinians. Dozens of Palestinian youngsters
gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who opened
fire in response. As a result, 21-year-old Mahmoud Abdullah Odwan sustained a
bullet wound to the head. Odwan was standing on the roof of his family’s house
in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp, less than 700 meters away
from Qalandya checkpoint. He was transported to Palestine Medical Compound in
Ramallah, but a medical source pronounced him dead upon his arrival at the
Medical Compound. Israeli forces arrested 26-Mojahed Hamad, a playground
security officer of the Palestinian Football Federation.

 

PCHR
is deeply concerned over this crime, which further proves the use of  excessive force by Israeli forces against the
Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians’ lives. Therefore, PCHR
calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions
to put an end to such crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting
Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to fulfill their obligations
under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in
all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons
alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  These grave breaches constitute war crimes
under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the
Geneva Conventions.