Bachelet: The culture of impunity in Israel “must end”

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has assured this Saturday to follow “with deep anguish the events in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

Michelle Bachelet was thus referring to the events that have taken place in recent days, including the murder of the journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot in the neck while covering Israeli military activities and despite wearing the vest that identified her as a journalist.

“The images of Israeli police attacking mourners at journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession in East Jerusalem on Friday May 13 are shocking. Reports indicate that at least 33 people were injured,” Bachelet said regarding the latest action by Israeli security forces.

The High Commissioner added that Israel’s use of force, which was being filmed and broadcast live, seemed unnecessary and should be promptly and transparently investigated.

In addition, he stated that “there must be accountability for the horrific murder not only of Shireen Abu Akleh, but for all murders and serious injuries in the occupied Palestinian territory”.

He also recalled that international law requires a prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation of any use of force resulting in death or injury.

In so far this year, Israeli security forces have killed 48 Palestinians. This same Saturday a young man, Walid al Sharif, has succumbed to the serious injuries he suffered in the compound of the Al Aqsa mosque on April 22.

“As I have called for on many occasions, the actions of the Israeli security forces must be properly investigated. Those responsible must be held accountable with criminal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the violation”, he added before stating: “This culture of impunity must end now”.

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