LUNGO LA LINEA DI CONFINE, A GAZA, E’ MOLTO PIU’ FACILE MORIRE CHE VIVERE

sabato 22 febbraio 2014

GAZA

 Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. A remote-controlled sniper gun is mounted on a nearby Israeli military watchtower in the border wall.  (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

FOTO: La vita e la morte nella zona di confine di Gaza

La sparatoria fatale di Ibrahim Mansour, vicino al confine con Gaza è solo l’ultimo episodio in quella che B’Tselem descrive come ‘la politica illegale in corso da parte dell’esercito israeliano, di usare armi da fuoco letali contro i civili senza giustificazione.’

Testo e foto di: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Activestills.org
19 febbraio 2014

Ibrahim Mansour stava raccogliendo ghiaia vicino al confine orientale della Striscia di Gaza con Israele quando è stato colpito alla testa e ucciso dai militari israeliani giovedi, 13 febbraio. Uno dei due compagni di Mansour è stato ferito nella sparatoria. Entrambi i sopravvissuti dicono che nessun avvertimento è stato dato prima che fossero sparati. L’uccisione di Mansour segue un modello dei militari israeliani in cui spari letali sono usati contro chiunque sia percepito come una minaccia in una mal definita “no-go zone”, che si estende a circa 300 metri o più all’interno dei confini settentrionali e orientali di Gaza.

“E ‘ ingiustizia uccidere un uomo innocente che stava cercando la sua sopravvivenza raccogliendo alcuni pezzi di pietra per sostenere la sua famiglia”, dice il fratello di Mansour, il quale sostiene che Ibrahim era “in una zona accessibile, lontano dalla zona vietata” quando gli hanno sparato.

Un portavoce militare, è stato citato come dicendo che Mansour e i suoi compagni stavano compiendo una “manomissione” alla recinzione di confine e che solo dopo “avere esaurito tutti gli altri mezzi” per disperdere gli uomini, “hanno sparato verso l’istigatore principale.”

Un altro civile inerme, ‘Odeh Hamad, è stato colpito alla testa e ucciso dalle forze israeliane in circostanze analoghe nel mese di dicembre. B’Tselem riferisce che nessuna “procedura di arresto di un sospetto” si è svolta, nonostante le dichiarazioni del portavoce militare del contrario. “Il fatto che Hamad è stato colpito alla testa, piuttosto che nelle gambe, indica che la sparatoria non ha seguito questa procedura, che vieta di sparare alla testa in qualsiasi momento”, aggiunge il rapporto. Il fratello di ‘Odeh, che era con lui al momento della sparatoria, dice che nessun avvertimento è stato dato prima della sparatoria.

Tali incidenti, B’Tselem dice, dimostrano da parte dell’esercito israeliano ” la politica illegale in corso di usare armi da fuoco letali contro i civili senza giustificazione, e le regole di ingaggio che permettono di infliggere lesioni , anche infortuni mortali, in situazioni non pericolose per la vita.” Dell’esercito israeliano

Lo stesso rapporto descrive come il 17 per cento della Striscia di Gaza e il 35 per cento della superficie agricola si trovano all’interno di queste aree riservate. Israele afferma di essersi ritirato da Gaza, quindi se l’esercito israeliano ha bisogno di stabilire una zona off-limits tra Israele e Gaza, l’esercito la dovrebbe creare in territorio israeliano.

Sami Harazin coltiva terreni vicino a dove Mansour è stato ucciso. Undici dunams (2,7 ettari) dei suoi campi sono stati resi inaccessibili dalla zona di confine, dove una volta coltivava ulivi, agrumi, fichi e mandorle. Harazin è stato lui stesso colpito alla gamba sei anni fa dai militari israeliani mentre lavorava sulla sua terra.

Un altro documento di B’Tselem , di diversi anni fa, riferisce che anche altre organizzazioni hanno documentato “decine di casi di fuoco dell’esercito su persone che non rappresentavano alcuna minaccia e che erano a molto di più di 300 metri dalla recinzione (fino a 1.500 metri). In molti casi, nessun tentativo è stato fatto per arrestare le persone, e nessun allarme è stato dato prima che i soldati aprissero il fuoco. Quando è stato dato l’avviso, è stato dato solo in ebraico. “

Il fratello di Hamad spiega perché così tanti palestinesi di Gaza lavorano in queste zone pericolose: “Noi non abbiamo altro lavoro e dobbiamo porvvedere per le nostre famiglie.” Tale fu il caso di Mansour, che lascia una moglie e sette figli, dagli 8 ai 2 anni.

“Chiedo di giudicare il soldato israeliano che ha sparato a mio figlio morto”, dice Amna Mansour, la madre di Ibrahim.

 

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PHOTOS: Life and death in Gaza’s border zone

The fatal shooting of Ibrahim Mansour near the Gaza border is only the latest incident in what B’Tselem describes as the Israeli military’s ‘ongoing, illegal policy of using lethal firearms against civilians without justification.’

Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. A remote-controlled sniper gun is mounted on a nearby Israeli military watchtower in the border wall. Human rights organizations have documented dozens of cases of Israeli army gunfire at persons who posed no threat and were well outside the 300-meter so-called "no-go zone" imposed by the Israeli military inside Gaza's borders. In many cases, no warning was given before soldiers opened fire. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. A remote-controlled sniper gun is mounted on a nearby Israeli military watchtower in the border wall.  (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Ibrahim Mansour was collecting gravel near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel when he was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli military on Thursday, February 13. One of Mansour’s two companions was injured in the shooting. Both survivors say that no warning was given before they were fired upon. Mansour’s killing follows a pattern by the Israeli military in which lethal gunfire is used against anyone perceived as a threat in an ill-defined “no-go zone” extending some 300 meters or more inside Gaza’s northern and eastern borders.

“It is injustice to kill an innocent man who is looking for his living by collecting some pieces of stone to support his family,” says Mansour’s brother, who maintains that Ibrahim was “in an accessible area, far away from the prohibited zone,” when he was shot.

military spokesperson was quoted as saying that Mansour and his companions were “tampering” with the border fence and that only after “exhausting all other means” to disperse the men, “they fired towards the main instigator.”

Another unarmed civilian, ‘Odeh Hamad, was shot in the head and killed by Israeli forces under similar circumstances in December. B’Tselem reports that no “suspect arrest procedure” was carried out, despite the military spokesperson’s claims to the contrary. “The fact that Hamad was hit in the head rather than in his legs indicates that the shooting did not follow this procedure, which prohibits shooting at the head at any stage,” the report added. ‘Odeh’s brother, who was with him at the time of the shooting, says that no warnings were given prior to the shooting.

Such incidents, B’Tselem says, demonstrate the Israeli military’s “ongoing, illegal policy of using lethal firearms against civilians without justification, and of rules of engagement that permit inflicting injuries, even fatal injuries, in non-life-threatening situations.”

The same report details how 17 percent of the Gaza Strip and 35 percent of its agricultural land are located within these restricted areas. Israel claims to have withdrawn from Gaza, so if the Israeli military needs to establish an off-limits zone between Israel and Gaza, the military should create it in Israeli territory.

Sami Harazin farms land near where Mansour was killed. Eleven dunams (2.7 acres) of his fields have been rendered inaccessible by the border zone, where he once cultivated olive trees, citrus, figs and almonds. Harazin was himself shot in the leg six years ago by the Israeli military as he worked on his land.

Another B’Tselem document, from several years ago, reports that it and other organizations have documented “dozens of cases of army gunfire at persons who posed no threat and were much more than 300 meters from the fence (up to 1,500 meters). In many cases, no attempt was made to arrest the persons, and no warning was given before soldiers opened fire. Where warning was given, it was given only in Hebrew.”

Hamad’s brother explains why so many Palestinians in Gaza work in these dangerous areas: “We have no other job and we have to provide for our families.” Such was the case with Mansour, who leaves behind a wife and seven children, ages 8 to 2.

“I demand to judge the Israeli soldier who shot my son dead,” says Amna Mansour, Ibrahim’s mother.

Two-year-old Adam Mansour is held by family members mourning his father Ibrahim Mansour, who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Montar area of the Gaza Strip, February 17, 2014. A witness who was working with him at the time said that no warning was given before a single shot struck Mansour in the head. He was 35 years old and leaves behind a wife and seven children. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Two-year-old Adam Mansour is held by family members mourning his father Ibrahim Mansour, who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Montar area of the Gaza Strip, February 17, 2014. A witness who was working with him at the time said that no warning was given before a single shot struck Mansour in the head. He was 35 years old and leaves behind a wife and seven children. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)Amna Mansour mourns her son Ibrahim who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Mentar area of the Gaza Strip. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Amna Mansour mourns her son Ibrahim who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Mentar area of the Gaza Strip. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian farmer walks through fields near Gaza's eastern border, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. An Israeli military post is seen in the distance to the left, with the border indicated by the dark green areas passing through it. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian farmer walks through fields near Gaza’s eastern border, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. An Israeli military post is seen in the distance to the left, with the border indicated by the dark green areas passing through it. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian herder rides his donkey near the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 A Palestinian herder rides his donkey near the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Portraits hang in the family home of Ibrahim Mansour, who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Montar area of the Gaza Strip, February 17, 2014.

An Israeli military post is seen over the shoulder of a Palestinian farmer whose fields lie on Gaza's eastern border, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

An Israeli military post is seen over the shoulder of a Palestinian farmer whose fields lie on Gaza’s eastern border, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Mohammad Saad stands with family members holding the hat worn by Ibrahim Mansour, along with a stone taken from the place where he was shot and killed on February 13. Saad was working with Mansour at the time, and says that no warning was given before a single shot struck Mansour in the head. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Mohammad Saad stands with family members holding the hat worn by Ibrahim Mansour, along with a stone taken from the place where he was shot and killed on February 13. Saad was working with Mansour at the time, and says that no warning was given before a single shot struck Mansour in the head. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian workers salvage building materials near Erez Crossing at the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Six-year-old Noor Mansour is held by family members mourning his father Ibrahim Mansour, who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Montar area of the Gaza Strip. He was 35 years old and leaves behind a wife and seven children. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Six-year-old Noor Mansour is held by family members mourning her father Ibrahim Mansour, who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Montar area of the Gaza Strip. He was 35 years old and leaves behind a wife and seven children. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian farmers walk through fields near Gaza's eastern border with Israel, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. Sami Harazin (second from the right) was shot in the leg six years ago by the Israeli military as he worked in his land and has lost 11 dunums of land to the no-go zone. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Palestinian farmers walk through fields near Gaza’s eastern border with Israel in an area near where Ibrahim Mansour was shot and killed a week before, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. Sami Harazin (second from the right) was shot in the leg six years ago by the Israeli military as he worked in his land and has lost 11 dunums of land to the no-go zone. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Amna (left) and Salman Mansour mourn their son Ibrahim who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Mentar area of the Gaza Strip, February 17, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 Amna (left) and Salman Mansour mourn their son Ibrahim who was shot and killed on February 13 by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel in the Al Mentar area of the Gaza Strip, February 17, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian herder tends his sheep near the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian herder tends his sheep near the northern border between Gaza and Israel, Beit Hanoun, February 18, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

More background from B’Tselem (statistics as of January 1, 2014):

Israel completed the disengagement in September 2005. From then until the end of July 2006, soldiers have killed fourteen unarmed Palestinians near the perimeter fence. Five of the fatalities were minors, one of them an eight-year-old girl. Eight of the dead did not even try to reach the fence, and were shot at a distance of from 100 to 800 meters from the fence. Four other civilians were shot when they tried to cross the fence and sneak into Israel to work, and two were shot near the Israeli border. The IDF’s announcement confirms that none of the persons killed were carrying weapons or objects with which they could mount an attack. B’Tselem’s research also indicates that Israel ‘s security forces did not warn the Palestinians to go away from the area, and they were not given the opportunity to hand themselves over to the soldiers. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office only announced that the soldiers opened fire when they suspected that Palestinians intended to fire at them or sought to place explosives near the fence. …

A primary principle of international humanitarian law is the distinction between combatants and civilians. … Automatically opening fire at every person who enters a certain area, regardless of the person’s identity or the circumstances of the incident, such as in the cases described above, is “indiscriminate firing,” which is liable to constitute a war crime.

Related:
IDF: ‘Forbidden zone’ in Gaza three times larger than previously stated
When security isn’t enough: Separating Gaza and the West Bank

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