UAE Press: Heartless killings by Israeli forces

ABU DHABI, More cold-blooded killing of Palestinians is an unambiguous indication that Israeli forces are continuing with their aggression and using excessive force against peaceful protesters, The Gulf Today said in editorial on Saturday.

“United Nations human rights spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell is absolutely right when she says that firearms should only be used as a last resort, and unjustified recourse to their use may amount to wilful killing of civilians, a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Civilians must be able to exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully. Most of the demonstrators had stayed well away from the border fence and were totally non-violent.

“The fact remains that many of the casualties were the result of live ammunition used by Israeli security forces during the peaceful march. The Israeli occupation forces had stationed sharpshooters and also used a drone earlier to fire tear gas towards those along the border from overhead in one of the first uses of the device,” it added.

The English language daily said, “According to a UN official, supplies of essential drugs and medical disposables are running low at health facilities in the enclave while an ongoing electricity crisis has hampered the functioning of hospitals. The situation is grim because there are currently zero stock levels for nearly half of the list of essential drugs and for a quarter of the list of essential (medical) disposables in Gaza.

“Over the past three months, Israel has advanced 22 plans for some 1,200 housing units for one area of the West Bank, United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov had warned recently that such ongoing settlement expansion is eroding the prospect of a two-state solution to the long-standing Middle East conflict. The international community has been repeatedly urging Israel to completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, but the occupation forces refuse to heed such sane suggestions.”

The paper went on to say that Palestinian refugees are merely demanding their right to return to their homelands and brute force and bullets can never ever be an answer to that. “It is sad that Washington has failed to condemn Israeli colonial settlements as well as the systematic crimes of the Israeli occupation against the people of Palestine. Israel resorting to such deadly violence would only aggravate the situation and fuel anger and resentment in the region.”

“The world community should force Israel to uphold its responsibilities under international law. There is a need for an independent and transparent investigation into the killing of Palestinians by the Israeli forces,” the Sharjah-based daily concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency