On Thursday, March 24, 2016, an Israeli soldier shot a Palestinian man after another soldier sustained minor injuries from a stabbing attack in the Hebron area of the occupied West Bank. This act was caught on film, showing an Israeli soldier being treated for his wounds by medical workers. Off to the side, a Palestinian man is seen lying on the ground, injured but alive, and surrounded by more soldiers. The footage shows one of the soldiers raising his gun and shooting this man in the head. This man, Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, and another man, Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, had already been reportedly shot after stabbing a soldier. Both of these men died after being repeatedly shot.
This incident is only one of many in this area that is divided between Israel and Palestine. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has condemned the Israeli soldier’s actions as a “grave breach of IDF values, conduct, and standards of military operations.” However, this type of incident continues to happen in this area, as tensions continue to rise.
Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International, had stronger words to use on this subject, and said that, "The shooting of a wounded and incapacitated person, even if they have been involved in an attack, has absolutely no justification and must be prosecuted as a potential war crime.”
The concern is that the perpetrator of this crime will go unpunished, based upon similar past events where justice was not meted out. This new act of violence is not good, as it will only serve to further escalate the rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides need to come to some sort of agreement so that the senseless violence can stop and the civilian population.