Obama Admin. Slams Israel ‘Excessive Force’ Against ‘Palestinian’ knife attacks trying to kill Jews
TEL AVIV – The Obama administration accused Israel of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians during the current wave of Palestinian terrorism.
An annual State Department human rights report accused Israeli forces of “arbitrary arrest and associated torture and abuse, often with impunity” of Palestinians. It also said that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas were guilty of the same infractions.
According to numbers cited in the report, 149 Palestinians were killed in 2015 by Israeli security forces, but only 77 were in the course of attacking Israelis.
“There were numerous reports of the ISF [Israel security forces] killing Palestinians during riots, demonstrations, at checkpoints, and during routine operations; in some cases they did not pose a threat to life,” the report said.
The IDF’s own statistics found that two-thirds of Palestinians killed since the upsurge in violence started in October were in the midst of attempting or carrying out attacks and the rest died in clashes with security forces.
The report comes after Secretary of State
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