Another Israeli extra-judicial murder

John Cox hazel_motes52 at
Tue Sep 4 10:45:24 MDT 2001

Director of the Office of Palestinian Intelligence Chief Assassinated
September 1, 2001

At around 8:17am on Saturday 1 September 2001 the Israeli military
committed another extra-judicial assassination. 38-year-old Tayseer
Khatab from Gaza, director of the office of Palestinian Intelligence
Chief was killed when a bomb exploded in his car.

According to information LAW received form Gaza, the bomb went off
when Al Khatab was driving to his office. Omar Abu Ghalyon, 30, was
also in the car; he sustained serious shrapnel wounds. Al Khatab died
on arrival at the hospital.

The following bystanders were also injured in the explosion:

1.	Basam Khrais, 23, shrapnel wounds in different parts of the body
2.	Abdul Kareem Hlail, 28, shrapnel wounds in different parts of the body
3.	Mohammad Hlail, 9, shrapnel wounds in different parts of the body

According to LAW's documentation, 30 Palestinians (including 2 police
officer), in addition to 16 bystanders, have fallen victim to Israel's
policy of extra-judicial execution. The weaponry used to carry out
these assassinations has included sniper fire, missiles fired from
helicopter gunships, tank-fire and bombs planted in cars and telephone
booths. The killings were carried out under circumstances that
demonstrate complete disregard for the risk involved to the lives of
bystanders. Some of those targeted were gunned down in town centers,
or even in a taxi with other passengers present.

According to LAW Society's documentation, in addition to today's
deaths the following Palestinians have so far fallen victim to
Israel's policy of extra-judicial execution:

1.	Hussein ‘Abayat was killed on 9 November 2000 in Beit Sahour near
Bethlehem when Israeli Air Force helicopters fired anti-tank missiles at his
car. Two women standing nearby, Aziza Mahmoud Danoun Jubran (58) and Rahma
Rasheed Shaeen Hindi (54) were killed. At least 3 other people were badly
injured, namely Nasmi and Jamila Sh'ibat and Khaled Salahat.
2.	Jamal Abed Al Razeq, a 30-year-old Fatah activist, was killed at the
Morag Junction in the Gaza Strip on 22 November 2000. Three other
Palestinians were killed during the incident, namely Awni Ismail (37), Sami
Abu Laban (35) and Nael Alidawi (25), all from Rafah.
3.	Ibrahim Bani Audi was killed in Nablus on 23 November 2000 by a bomb
planted in his car by the Israeli security services with the collaboration
of a relative of Ibrahim.
4.	Anwar Mahmoud Humran was killed by Israeli army snipers on 11 December
2000 when leaving Al Quds Open University in the al Dahye quarter in Nablus.
5.	Yousif Abu Swaye was killed on 12 December 2000 by snipers of 
the Israeli
army just outside his father's house in Al Khader village near Bethelem.
6.	Abas al Awiwi was killed by snipers of the Israeli army in Hebron on 13
December 2000 when he was standing in front of the shoe factory when he use
to work.
7.	Hani Abu Bakra, a 31-year-old Hamas activist, was killed at the Gush
Katif junction in the Gaza Strip on 14 December 2000, when driving a minibus
with passengers on board. He was stopped by Israeli soldiers who asked for
his ID and then shot him in the head and the chest from short range. A
40-year-old passenger, Issa Kanan, was injured during the incident and died
later from his wounds.

8.	Sa'ad al Kharuf, 32, from Nablus, was shot and killed on December 14,
2000, when ambushed by Israeli Special Forces near Hiwara junction south of
9.	Dr. Thabet Thabet was killed by gunfire in Tulkarem on 31 
December 2000,
when reversing his car outside his home.
10.	Masoud Ayad, 50, from Gaza. An officer in Force 17 killed when an
Israeli gunship fired three missiles on his car on February 13, 2001.
11.	Mohammad Al Madani, 25, from Balata refugee camp, was shot by 
an Israeli
sniper on February 19, 2001.
12.	Mohammad Abdul Al, 26, from Rafah. He was killed on April 2 when an
Israeli gunship fired three missiles on his car.
13.	Iyad Hamran, 24, from Araba, Jenin. Killed in a public phone blast on
April 5, 2001.
14.	Ahmad Asad, 37, from Artas in Bethlehem district. Shot dead before his
house by Israeli Special Forces on May 5, 2001.
15.	Mutasim Al Sabagh, from Jenin refugee camp. Killed on May 12, 
was killed
when an Israeli gunship fired missiles on a car he was traveling in.
16.	Osama Jawabreh, 29, from Nablus was killed on June 24, when a public
phone he was using in the West Bank city of Nablus exploded.
17.	Mohammad Bsharat killed on July 1, 2001.
18.	Waleed Bsharat killed on July 1, 2001.
19.	Samih Abu Haneesh killed on July 1, 2001.
20.	Basheer Badran killed in a car explosion on July 13, 2001
21.	Omar Sa'da killed when two Israeli gunships fired three air-to-surface
missiles on his house on July 17, 2001. Three other Palestinians were killed
in the Israeli onslaught: Ishak Sa'da, 51, Mohammad Sa'da, 29, and Taha Al
Aruj, 37.
22.	Mustafa Yaseen killed on July 23, 2001, when Israeli special 
forces shot
him at home
23.	Salah Daruza killed on July 25, 2001, when six missiles fired from an
Israeli gunship hit his car in Nablus
24.	Jamal Mansour killed when an Israeli combat helicopter fired three
missiles at the Islamic Studies Center in Nablus on July 31, 2001.
25.	Jamal Al Damoni killed when an Israeli combat helicopter fired three
missiles at the Islamic Studies Center in Nablus on July 31, 2001.
26.	Amer Hadiri killed on August 5, 2001 when an Israeli combat helicopter
fired a missile on his car
27.	Nassir Zidiyi killed on August 13, 2001 when undercover Israeli agents
shot him in Kufur Akab on the Jerusalem Ramallah road
28.	Imad Abu Snaini from Hebron killed on August 15, 2001, when Israeli
special forces shot him in the head and chest while standing before his home
29.	Mustafa Zabri Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine, known as Abu Ali Mustafa was killed when two missiles fired
from US manufactured Apache helicopters of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) hit
his home and office. The latter was located on the third floor of an
apartment block in a residential area, behind the Ramallah Governor's
office. Abu Ali Mustafa was killed instantly; his body was torn apart. Four
people working in the building as well as a resident were injured.

LAW Society's Remarks

Israel's assassination policy constitutes willful killing, which is a grave
breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates in Article 32:

  "The High Contracting Parties specifically agree that each of them is
prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the
physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands.
This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishment,
mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the
medical treatment of a protected person but also to any other measures of
brutality whether applied by civilian or by military agents."

Moreover, it is a grave breach of Article 75, Protocols Additional to the IV
Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 (Protocol 1) especially Paragraph 2,
which states,

"The following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any
place whatsoever, whether committed by civilian or by military agents:
a.	Violence to the life, health, or physical or mental well-being of
persons, in particular:
i.	Murder;
ii.	Torture of all kinds, whether physical or mental;
iii.	Corporal punishment; and
iv.	Mutilation"

and Paragraph 3 of Article 85 of the same Protocol, which stipulates

"In addition to the grave breaches defined in Article 11, the following acts
shall be regarded as grave breaches of this Protocol, when committed
willfully, in violation of the relevant provisions of this Protocol, and
causing death or serious injury to body or health:
a.	Making the civilian population or individual civilians the object of

LAW Society demands the following:

1.	The Israeli government to immediately stop its crimes and collective
punishment against Palestinians.
2.	An international investigation committee to be set up, 
working according
to UN Resolution 1322.
3.	The Security Council to set up an international tribunal and bring the
Israeli war criminals to justice, such as the case with the war criminals of
4.	Placing Palestinians under international protection.
5.	The international community to put an end to these crimes and 
the Israeli
6. The EU to take effective steps, based on Article 2 of Euro-Israeli
Partnership Agreement, which states that Israel must respect human rights.


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