Israel in fresh 'human shield' row

New video shows soldiers making unarmed Palestinians stand in front of an Israeli jeep.

    Israel's supreme court ruled in 2005 that the army's use of 'human shields' was illegal
    Human shields banned
     
    In 2005 Israel's supreme court ruled that the army's use of human shields was illegal.
     
    However, Palestinian officials and some human rights groups say such incidents have become common practice during the seven-year-old Palestinian uprising and that it endangers the lives of civilians.
     

    Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said: "The Israeli government must stop such unethical practices immediately."

     

    The Research Journalism Initiative said it filmed the incident in the course of an Israeli raid on the home of a "wanted militant".

     

    During the operation, troops damaged the house, but did not find the man.

     

    'Standard practice'

     

    Your Views

    "Let us respect all religions, civilizations and people that were originated from the Middle East,....and let's drive for respectable, long lasting and fair solution."

    Uri D.Tel Aviv, Israel


    Send us your views

    Sam Neil, an activist with the Research Journalism Initiative, in a phone call with Al Jazeera from Nablus, said the use of civilians as shields was "extremely common".

     

    He said: "I'd go so far as to say they are standard practice ... I've personally witnessed Israeli soldiers using human shields in various capacities nearly a dozen times since 2002."

     

    Last month, Israeli soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian girl as a human shield during a raid in Nablus, an Israeli human rights group said.

     

    Mustafa Barghouti, the Palestinian information minister, denounced the officer's suspension as "window-dressing".

     

    He said: "They are treating it as an isolated incident. The problem is systematic and ... they [the troops] continue the practice despite the court order."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    On the anniversary of UN Resolution 242, Al Jazeera explores the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Some key moments in the life of the man who led his country from independence in 1980 until November 21, 2017.

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    In the US, Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on Thursday, November 23.