Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rights group: Probe IDF failure to protect Palestinians from settler violence

"The Israel Defense Forces must investigate its soldiers' failure to prevent a group of settlers from attacking and wounding eight Palestinians on Saturday, a human rights group demanded Monday.

In a letter to Military Advocate General Avichai Mendelblit, Yesh Din - Volunteers for Human Rights requested a Military Police investigation into the incident, which took place outside the West Bank village of Asira al-Kabiliya.

"So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the incident, which sends lawbreakers a message that Palestinian lives are not worthy of protection," attorney Michael Sfard wrote on behalf of the group. He added that Yesh Din had video footage showing that soldiers refrained from stopping the settlers....."

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