Death penalty for stone throwing

Col. Yisrael Shomer shot and killed a stone thrower in the West Bank. If an investigation is ever opened in the incident, it will, of course, quickly be closed.


The Palestinian teenager had left his homeearly that morning to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and eyewitnesses say he was attempting to climb the separation wall when he was shot.

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A Palestinian rights group on Monday rejected the Israeli narrative of the death of 17-year-old Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah, who was shot dead by an Israeli commander in Qalandiya last week.

Al-Haq, which has consultative status with the UN, said that a field investigation found that Israeli soldiers "arbitrarily shot and killed Muhammad, who posed no threat to the Israeli soldiers' lives at the time of the shooting."The group said in a statement that Kasbah, a resident of Qalandiya refugee camp, was standing near the Qalandiya checkpoint early Friday when an Israeli army vehicle passed in front of him."Muhammad threw a stone at the vehicle and ran away," according to al-Haq.