NEW YORK – Israeli soldiers have killed an average of more than one Palestinian civilian per day since the current intifada uprising began in 2000, but only a handful of cases have even been investigated, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. Between Sep. 29, 2000, and Nov. 30, 2004, more than 1,600 Palestinians not involved in hostilities, including at least 500 children, were killed by Israeli security forces, and thousands more were seriously injured, says the 126-page report released Wednesday, titled “Promoting Impunity: The Israeli Military’s Failure to Investigate Wrongdoing”. “Most of Israel’s investigations of civilian casualties have been a sham,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director. “The government’s failure to investigate the deaths of innocent civilians has created an atmosphere that encourages soldiers to think they can literally get away with murder.” (MORE)



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