Israeli officials to blame for Hebron shooting, says Human Rights Watch

With Hebron shooter Sgt. Elor Azaria’s verdict set for Wednesday, Human Rights Watch on Monday said the case was just one manifestation of senior Israeli officials backing an illegal unqualified shootto- kill policy against Palestinian violence.

The NGO said that since October 2015 it had documented that “some senior Israeli officials have been encouraging… soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat,” while “other Israeli officials have failed to repudiate the calls for excessive use of force.”


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