If the heart be not callous: On the unlawful shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza

If the heart be not callous: On the unlawful shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza. Since the wave of protests near the Gaza-Israel fence began almost two weeks ago , the Israeli military has killed 32 Palestinians in Gaza, 26 of them demonstrators, and injured more than 1,000 with live fire. Nine of the casualties were killed on the second Friday of demonstrations, 6 April, by which time the lethal outcome of the open-fire regulations was undeniable. Nonetheless, all state and military officials have steadfastly refused to cancel the unlawful orders and continue to issue – and justify – them.
 
Ahead of the continued protest planned for today (Friday, 13 April 2018), B’Tselem is issuing a position paper providing its findings regarding the first day of protest (30 March). The paper provides legal analysis explaining why the orders given the soldiers, permitting live fire at unarmed civilians who do not pose a danger, are unlawful. Israeli officials are relying on worst-case scenarios to justify these orders.
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