In Jacky Khoury’s July 5 article, ” New Regulations Allow Israel Police to Respond to Stone-throwing, Firecrackers With Live Fire,” Haaretz grossly misrepresents new police regulations.
The regulations are very clear that police can only fire when there is a clear and immediate danger to life or limb. The article completely omits this critical qualification, stating only:
Israel Police are now permitted to fire live bullets as a first resort against people throwing stones or incendiary devices, including fire crackers, according to open-fire regulations that were loosened last December in light of an upsurge of violence in East Jerusalem.
The article selectively quotes from the regulations, omitting the qualification that “it is permissible to open fire only when there is a clear threat to life or limb.” The article states:
Among the new instructions: “A policeman is permitted to open fire at a person who is clearly seen to throw, or is about to throw, an incendiary device … or is about to fire an incendiary device … or is about to fire directly aimed firecrackers, in order to prevent the danger.” [Ellipses appear in Haaretz.]
The regulations also say that “throwing stones while using a slingshot” is an example of an incident that justifies shooting with live fire.
CAMERA has contacted Haaretz editors and requested that they add this critical information. As of this publication, they have yet to do so.