Ref: 28/2014


On Monday, 10 March 2014, in an excessive use
of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Beitin village,
northeast of Ramallah. Israeli forces admitted they were responsible for
killing the aforementioned person and claimed that Israeli soldiers opened fire
at a number of Palestinian youngsters, who threw stones at settlers’ vehicles
on road (60) near "Givat Asaf" settlement outpost, due to which a
Palestinian was killed.


According to investigations conducted by the
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 19:15 on the
abovementioned day, Israeli forces, who had set an ambush for the stone
throwers, fired 3 bullets sporadically at Saji Sayel Darwish Jarab’a (20), from
Beitin village, northeast of Ramallah. Jarab’a was in a farmland that is about
250 meters away from the last house in his village from the eastern side. As a
result, Saji was killed. Sources at the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)
said to a PCHR fieldworker that the PRCS emergency department received a call
from the Palestinian liaison office at approximately 19:40 informing them there
was a Palestinian was killed in the area overlooking the bypass road between
"Beit Eil" and "Ofra" settlement. An ambulance headed
immediately to the area. They found Saji dead and was surrounded by a number of
Israeli soldiers. He was taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. Medical
sources at the compound and PRCS stated the killed was shot by 2 bullets to the
left side of the back of his head. It should be noted the victim was a freshman
at the Faculty of Media in Bir Zeit University.


PCHR strongly condemns this crimes, which
once again proves the use of excessive force by Israeli forces against
Palestinian civilians. PCHR calls upon the international community to take
immediate and effective actions to stop such crimes and reiterates its call for
the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill
their obligations under Article 1; to respect and to ensure respect for the
Convention in all circumstances. PCHR also calls upon the international
community to fulfill 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.