US report on human rights says: Nearly half of Palestinians killed by Israel were not carrying out attacks, and many times did not pose a threat to life

The Obama administration accused Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians during a wave of deadly violence, in an annual report that pointed to a global decline in human rights.


The report comes months after Secretary of State John Kerry was asked by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and nine other US lawmakers to probe instances of what they said were possible extrajudicial killings by Israeli forces.
Leahy and his fellow signatories asked Kerry in February to look into claims of “gross violations of human rights” by Israel and Egypt, citing examples of alleged extrajudicial killings by both countries and saying it could affect aid to the countries.
On Israel, the letter asked Kerry to investigate “what may be extrajudicial killings,” citing claims by Amnesty International and other human rights groups relating to several deaths.

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