Soldiers Harass Villagers Leaving Funeral

21 March 2007

Soldiers entered the village of Beit Ommar tonight following a funeral. Unwilling to let friends and family mourn their loss in peace, soldiers began shooting into the air. There was no operation or other purpose for their entry, the soldiers simply entered an area they frequently harrass (they’ve killed 7 people in the area in the past), fired guns and parachuted flares into the air in an attempt to frighten people. The Army stopped two Palestinian cars and used them, still occupied by their Palestinian owners, as shields against potential stone-throwers. Using civilians as human shields for any purpose is against international law, though the Israeli Army uses this tactic frequently, both in Beit Ommar and throughout Palestine.