On November 18, 1996, an Israeli military court convicted four Israeli soldiers of negligently killing Mahmoud Badran, an 18-year-old Palestinian youth. Badran was riding in a car when the soldiers shot him in 1993.
Neither he nor his companions were ever accused of any wrongdoing. The soldiers punishment was one hour in jail, which was suspended, and a third of one cent. This is not an isolated incident of Israeli soldiers getting off lightly for killing Palestinians.
Earlier this week the Israeli High Court of Justice handed down a ruling allowing the use of "physical pressure" (torture) against Palestinian prisoners. This expands the precedent set in 1987 which allowed a "moderate degree of physical pressure." All of this is, however, is in violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, of which Israel is a signatory.
Such blatant disregard for human rights and international law cannot be allowed to continue unabated.
Please contact President Clinton, as well as your representatives in Congress, and ask them to take a strong stance in condemning Israeli human rights violations.
President Bill Clinton
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
4201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196
Web : http://www.adc.org/adc/
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