B’Tselem: Israeli army covers up settlers’ crime

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- New investigation by human rights group B’Tselem, which was released on Sunday, revealed that the Israeli army destroyed evidence related to the murder of a Palestinian 23-year-old father, who was executed by extremist settlers earlier this month in the northern occupied West Bank.

Thee Israelis claimed that Mohammad Abdel Fattah tried to stab an Israeli girl, which pushed her father to shoot him to defend his daughter.

The Israeli claims have been proved to be lies. Witnesses told B’Tselem that Abdel Fattah was throwing stones at settlers’ cars breaking into the West Bank village of Huwwara when a settler pulled over after a stone hit his vehicle and fired two shots at Abdel Fattah while still in his car, then he got out and fired several more shots at the Palestinian young man.

“A truck driving along the road also stopped, and the driver got out,” B’Tselem’s statement added.

“He came over to stand next to Sherman, and the two men fired several more shots at Abdel Fattah, who was lying wounded on the ground.”

A video trended at the time of the crime, showed Abdel Fattah lying on the ground while settlers harass him and Israeli soldiers preventing anyone from providing medical care.

Another Palestinian working in a nearby shop was also reportedly hit by a bullet to the abdomen, B’Tselem said.

“Minutes after the two settlers opened fire, Israeli military jeeps arrived on the scene and soldiers used stun grenades to disperse the crowd that had begun to gather,” the report revealed.

“Immediately after that, about eight soldiers went into two nearby shops to check their security cameras.”

According to witnesses, the soldiers filmed the security camera footage on their mobile phones, before erasing the video from the shops’ DVRs.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 37 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces – not including Israeli civilians – since the beginning of the year.

Three Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.

Palestinians regularly accuse Israeli forces of smearing slain Palestinians by falsely claiming they constituted a deadly threat when they were killed.

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