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State Terror: Official Israeli Policy

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Soldiers detained him at a Hebron district Beit Ummar village checkpoint. They claimed he was wanted for questioning. They handcuffed and blindfolded him. They put him in a jeep. They punched and beat him with rifle butts. Abuse continued in military detention.

He was released later that night unquestioned. The next morning, he experienced abdominal pain and vomiting. He was hospitalized for emergency surgery. An intestinal perforation had to be closed.

B'Tselem contacted the military advocate general on his behalf. It demand an investigation. In testimony to B'Tselem, Abu Mariah explained what happened, saying:

"The soldiers pushed me forcibly into the jeep. One of them hit me on the head, saying: 'Bye-bye you f*g.' The soldiers sat me on a bench in the jeep and one of them fastened my seatbelt. Then he hit me with his rifle on the side of my abdomen and punched me in the same spot." 

"A little while later we drove off. On the way, the soldiers slapped me, hit me and punched me on my head and body. After a short drive, about five or ten minutes later, the jeep stopped. The soldiers took me out of the jeep and brought me into a room in a military base."

"In the room, one of the soldiers pushed me against the wall. I fell on the floor. A few soldiers who were in the room started beating me brutally. They kicked me, punched me and beat me with their rifles. I screamed from the pain and asked them to stop but that didn't help." 

"I couldn't defend myself because my hands were cuffed behind my back and I was blindfolded. I felt helpless. I screamed at the soldiers and told them I would make a complaint against them if they kept on assaulting me." 

"At that point, one of the soldiers gave me a really hard blow to the abdomen. I didn't know if it was a kick, a jab with a rifle or something else. After that I had trouble breathing and started to cough. The soldiers stopped beating me."

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Soldiers kept him handcuffed and blindfolded. A few who passed by kicked, ridiculed, and cursed him. He screamed in pain. One soldier slammed his head against the wall and told him to shut up.

Late at night, they released him unquestioned and uncharged. They dumped him where he'd been detained. He's stuck with an expensive hospital bill. 

On September 5, the military advocate's office told B'Tselem an investigation would follow. Justice won't be forthcoming. Whitewashes are certain. Palestinian rights are spurned. Only Israeli ones matter.

On September 10, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a memorandum to UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns.

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It was an official complaint on behalf of Saad al-Majdalawi. On August 16, 2011, Israeli forces killed him in cold blood.

He was aged 17, mentally disabled, and targeted by live fire in Gaza near Israel's border. He was 300 meters inside the separation fence. He posed no threat yet was shot and killed.

Soldiers used him for target practice. Others die the same way. Young children are maliciously shot. Prosecutions never follow. 

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