Tel Aviv, Israel (Associated Press)-An international research team questioned the fatal shooting of a Palestinian driver and questioned Israel’s self-defense claims, saying that the man came out of the car after crashing into a checkpoint and did not approach The troops were shot dead immediately. Six times. It is said that the last three shots were fired while he was on the ground.
Israel said Ahmad Erekat, 27, deliberately rammed his car into a guardhouse at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank and killed him in self-defense.
The London Forensic Construction Group, in cooperation with the Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, reviewed the June 23 shooting at the request of the Erekat family and released the findings of the investigation this week. The organization said in a statement: “Our analysis raises the main issue regarding Ahmed̵
In recent years, Palestinian attackers have carried out a series of shootings, stabbings and crashes on Israeli soldiers and civilians. Human rights groups accused Israeli forces of repeatedly using excessive force and in some cases firing on cars that were merely out of control.
There is very little investigation into this shooting incident. Ahmad Erekat is the nephew of the late Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The forensic architecture firm responsible for investigating human rights violations used security camera footage, 3D analysis and other technologies to review the incident on June 23 from the shooting of Erekat to the removal of his body from the scene.
The video showed that Erekat’s car drove slowly towards the checkpoint, turned to the left, then suddenly rotated to the right and collided with the booth.
After the car hit the booth, a female police officer could be seen flying in the air and quickly stood up. Erekat raised at least one hand and walked out of the car without taking any step towards the checkpoint or Israeli officials. He was shot immediately and fell to the ground.
Soon thereafter, his arms could be seen moving, which indicated that he might be alive. Afterwards, a police officer can be seen passing near the still figure without stopping to check it.
The organization said its evidence showed that Israeli forces did not provide Erekat with treatment and even rejected Palestinian ambulances. According to the analysis, Errekat is likely to have passed away during that time.
The investigator can then be seen turning Erekat’s body over from the exact location where he fell. The organization said that analysis stated that at some point, his body was stripped before being removed to the scene, but due to respect for Erekat’s family, the shot was blurred.
Israeli police did not call back on Friday for comment.
In the response of Israel’s “Daily News”, the Israeli authorities insisted that the troops defend themselves. The police described the incident as a “documented terrorist attack that almost took the lives of combatants at the checkpoint.”
Forensic Construction said in its report that Erekat’s car crashed into the guardhouse at a steady slow speed rather than an accelerated speed. The Israeli police disputed the discovery, saying that the car suddenly accelerated. It said that a female police officer was injured in the incident.
The police said that Erekat’s body was inspected by an on-site bomb disposal expert and said, “When he is done, the medical staff will be able to work.”
In their preliminary response in June, the police claimed that Erekat walked towards the police after getting out of the car. This claim was not supported by the video.
Erekat’s family expressed doubts about the police’s claims, saying that Erekat had rented a car later that day while preparing for his sister’s wedding, and his wedding was scheduled to take place next week.
His cousin Hiba Erekat (Hiba Erekat) said at the time: “He will never try to attack on Earth.”