Israeli Military Violations: 240 Complaints, 103 Probes, No Indictments

Palestinians Can't File Complaints Directly

A new report from Yesh Din, an Israel-based human rights group, faulted the Israeli military’s oversight for abuses against civilians, noting that they have no base in the occupied West Bank to allow Palestinians to file complaints directly.

Instead, the Palestinians have to turn to Israeli human rights groups to get the complaints submitted. 240 reports were received in 2012 by the military, which conducted 103 probes related to them.

Of those 103 probes, not a single indictment was made of a single soldier. There was one indictment in 2011 related to an Israeli soldier attacking a Palestinian detainee. The military insisted that not all of the probes have closed, so it is conceivable that someone might be indicted at some point.

Yesh Din’s report says that 2,207 investigations have been opened since 2000, with five percent of them leading to indictments. The number of indictments has dropped massively in recent years.

Author: Jason Ditz

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