Friday, November 11, 2016

UN to Israel: Stop shooting terrorists

The United Nations special rapporteur to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza said on Thursday he was "very concerned" by Israel's use of live fire in dealing with Arab terrorists during stabbing attacks.

"Lethal force is supposed to be used as a last resort and only when there is a legitimate threat to a security officer's life," Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, told AFP.

Lynk, who took over the role in March and has so far been denied a visa to visit, said this rule was "being neglected."

More than 200 Arab terrorists have been eliminated during attacks on Jews since October 2015. Dozens of Israelis have been murdered by such terrorists in the same period.

Israel has dismissed allegations of excessive force in most cases, saying its officers do only what is necessary to protect lives. READ MORE