The Military Advocate General’s (MAG) Corps has notified B’Tselem of its decision to close the investigation into the death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was killed by a tear-gas canister fired at him in December 2011. In his letter, Military Advocate for Operational Matters Lt. Col. Ronen Hirsch wrote that the canister that killed Tamimi was fired "according to the relevant rules and regulations and did not involve any illegality." The decision conveys the indifference of the military law enforcement system to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank, and sends Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable. Soldiers and Border Police officers continue to shoot tear-gas canisters directly at Palestinians, and it is only a matter of time before yet another unarmed Palestinian civilian is killed in this way.
B'Tselem has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity.