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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-11 05:56 PM
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State to pay NIS 1.6 million over killing of Palestinian girl
Abir Aramin was killed in 2007 from a rubber bullet fired by Border Guard officer during dispersion of violent riot in east Jerusalem, now court rules that State must compensate her family,7340,L-4127365,00.html


"Over a year after it determined that the State was responsible for the death of Palestinian girl Abir Aramin, the Jerusalem District Court, presided by Judge Orit Efal-Gabai, ruled that the state must pay NIS 1.6 million ($430,000) in compensation to the family of Abir Aramin, a Palestinian girl from east Jerusalem who was killed in 2007 from a rubber bullet fired by a Border Guard officer.

The judge said that there was no dispute over the fact that the 10-year-old's death was due to negligence or that the bullet was fired in violation of orders."


"Abir was killed in January 2007 near her school in the village of Anta north of Jerusalem, where Border Guard forces were dispersing a violent riot.

Police adamantly claimed that according to the autopsy, the child was killed from a stone but a week after the incident, her family, with the help of the B'Tselem organization, published a pathologist's report stating she was hit by a rubber bullet."

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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 06:05 PM
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1. Justice eludes activist, father of Palestinian child killed by IDF

"In January 2007, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 10-year-old Palestinian girl on her way home from school. Abir Aramin lived in Anata, a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem. The pathologist who performed the autopsy found that Abir was hit in the head by a rubber bullet. However, an Israeli police investigation found the soldiers innocent, claiming there was no proof that gunfire killed Abir.

For the last four and half years, Aramins family knocked every door seeking justice. I was there at the funeral when Abirs father shocked a crowd of Israelis by telling them that he would not seek revenge or surrender to hatred, and asked them to help him bring

Abirs murder to justice. I was there when Israelis and Palestinians demonstrated outside the police headquarters and the justice department in Jerusalem to pressure them to properly investigate Abirs murder. I was there when Abirs family decided to appeal to the Israeli court, hoping for justice.

Four and a half years later, Israels highest court found the Israeli soldiers responsible for killing Abir, and ordered the state to compensate the family. However, this is as far as justice goes in Israel. The court refused to order the police to reopen the criminal investigation. Those who killed Abir continue to serve as soldiers and officers in the Israeli army.

The following letter was written by Abirs father, Bassam Aramin, in an effort to spread awareness among Israelis and to remind those who have forgotten that murdering innocent children cannot be justified."
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