Fakher Zayed, a 47-year-old Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank city of Beitunia, lives just down the road from Israel’s Ofer military prison, an area where demonstrations by Palestinians are common. On May 15, as Palestinian youth and Israeli forces clashed in front of his home, he witnessed Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens with live ammunition. The fatal shootings were also captured by his security cameras attached to the building.Upon its release, the security camera footage depicting the killings of Nadeem Nawarah, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, went viral, prompting the Obama administration to call on Israeli officials to “conduct a prompt and transparent investigation”. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights declared the killings may amount to “extrajudicial executions” or “willful killings” under international law, and Human Rights Watch recently found that the killings constitute an apparent war crime.Despite these allegations of war crimes, as well as widespread criticism of the Israeli military’s use of excessive force against civilians, Israeli authorities have yet to commit to a serious and transparent investigation. Instead, a month after the fatal shootings, the authorities have directed their efforts toward discrediting the victims’ families and intimidating eyewitnesses.
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