04-15-2005, 10:13 AM #1
Israeli officer cleared in shooting
Israeli officer cleared in shooting
By Khalid Amayreh
Thursday 14 April 2005, 16:05 Makka Time, 13:05 GMT
James Miller was killed while filming a documentary in Gaza
An Israeli military judge has cleared an officer of misusing his weapon in the shooting death of a British cameraman in the Gaza Strip almost two years ago.
James Miller, 34, was shot dead on 3 May 2003, in the refugee camp of Rafah while making a documentary, Death in Gaza, about the effect of Israeli repression on Palestinian children.
Witnesses said Israeli occupation forces shot him at close range, although he wore journalist insignia and waved a white flag. The documentary shows Miller approaching an armoured vehicle in the dark before the fatal shots sounded.
A military judge conducting a disciplinary hearing acquitted the officer, identified only as "Lieutenant H", of "misusing his firearm", a military official said on Thursday, but he offered no further details or explanation.
The Israeli army's Judge Advocate-General Avichai Mandelblith decided in early March not to file criminal charges against the officer because of "lack of evidence", drawing accusations of a cover-up from Miller's relatives, who vowed to sue the army.
Mandelblith said at the time that while the officer was alleged to have fired in violation of army rules, "it is not legally possible to link this shooting to the gun shot sustained by Mr Miller (to) provide a reasonable chance of conviction".
Mandelblith instead tried the soldier in a disciplinary hearing on lesser charges of "inappropriate use of weapons" for opening fire on a group of civilians who posed no danger to him.
Hours after Miller's death, a senior Israeli commander said troops in Rafah had opened fire after coming under attack by Palestinian armed men who were smuggling arms from Egypt.
"Two of our armoured vehicles went in to uncover a smuggling tunnel ... and as darkness fell came under small-arms fire. Two rocket-propelled grenades were also fired at them. The men shot back at the attackers," Colonel Avi, then the acting commander of Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, told Reuters.
But the footage in Death in Gaza shows no sign of a clash.
A few months ago, the Israeli army acquitted another soldier who last year killed a nine-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl, also in Rafah, and then shot her 20 times to make sure that she was dead.
The soldier, who came to be known as "Captain R," was charged with the "inappropriate use of army-issued weapon".
The charge is considered less serious and largely inconsequential.
"Two rocket-propelled grenades were also fired at them. The men shot back at the attackers"
ex-acting commander of Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip
British authorities have backed the Miller family's demand for an independent investigation. The family said last month that it would sue the army for compensation through Israeli civil courts.
A spokesman for the British embassy in Tel Aviv said the UK government would pursue the matter with the Israeli government.
"We would like to see justice for James Miller," Nil Wigand, a press attaché at the embassy, said.
Asked if he thought Miller's killer would ever be punished, Wigand said, "I hope so."
The Israeli army declined to comment on the acquittals
04-15-2005, 02:05 PM #2
04-15-2005, 02:10 PM #3
probably the same guy that killed that little girl
Wouldn't it be grand if we could murder people in the states and only be charged with misusing a firearm?
04-15-2005, 08:48 PM #4Originally Posted by Ridla
04-15-2005, 08:51 PM #5Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
"Israelies forces will now have new rules of engagements in the gaza strip"
so I told my girl "Yup they wont be allowed to shoot anything below the age of 5 anymore
04-19-2005, 07:21 AM #6Originally Posted by 3Vandoo
Yeah wouldnt that be great, You know what would be even better? What if Palestinian parents would stop sending there 5 year olds strapped with explosives, "out to play"
04-19-2005, 07:43 AM #7Originally Posted by Will Power
04-19-2005, 08:01 AM #8Originally Posted by Ridla
04-19-2005, 08:05 AM #9Originally Posted by Will Power
04-19-2005, 08:27 AM #10Originally Posted by ***xxx***
That's a good one, you are calling someone out on propaganda. Have you ever read one of your own posts?
As to Palestinians and there lack of love, and respect for there children, the world has documented the atrocities, the war crimes, the television shows that teach children hate and martyrdom, the day camps that teach murder and suicide. I am not inventing the wheel, but you are denying truth because it doesn't fit into your world of one sided intolerance and bitter self loathing.
04-19-2005, 09:55 AM #11
still no proof...so I consider ur statement as cruft as usual.
btw: I didn t deny that there are suicide attacks and bombings, but don t twist the truth! and don t forget that on every action follows a reaction. both sides are guilty of the murder and hatered that is beeing spread in this region. I wouldn t care too much but there are too many innocent ppl involved.
04-19-2005, 10:30 AM #12Originally Posted by Will Power
04-19-2005, 10:51 AM #13Originally Posted by ***xxx***
I recommend you check out the page below it has all the proof of child abuse by Palestinian criminals you will ever need. But be warned if you have any feeling for children it will make you puke.
Go to the incitement page
Last edited by Will Power; 04-19-2005 at 11:00 AM.
04-19-2005, 10:58 AM #14Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
As usual you have nothing intelligent or of value to say?
04-19-2005, 11:07 AM #15Originally Posted by Will Power
04-19-2005, 11:38 AM #16Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
Last edited by Will Power; 04-19-2005 at 11:41 AM.
04-19-2005, 04:37 PM #17Retired Vet
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Anyone here seen the documentry?. I seen it, I'd have shot him too.
I almost shot a child in Lebanon once, I was so close to doing it, it still frightens the life out of me when I think back. Thankfully I'd put my weapon in the rifle rest in the vehicle otherwise I'd have been a child killer, it gave me the split second extra time to access the danger of the situation and realise it was a harmless child. Anyother time my decision to put my rifle out of reach would have mean't my death. If I was in the IDF vehicle, after seening the documentry I'd have discharged my weapon too.
Reporters have a duty of care to themselves before anything else. The IDF commander was issuing warnings from his tanoy (sp'ing) and the (I think it was an ITV crew) kept approaching the vehicle. He made the call, a bad one in the end. I feel for the IDF soldier too. Altough their made out to be monsters their just son's, brother's, husbands and fathers like the rest of us, with a sence of duty to their country and comrades.
04-29-2005, 09:13 AM #18Member
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I hope James Miller's family gets justice. Some how, some way.
04-29-2005, 07:55 PM #19Retired Vet
Originally Posted by Slick Arrado
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