FIFTEEN rights and faith organisations wrote to US President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him to launch a probe into Israel’s killing of a US teenager in Palestine.
As Mr Obama flew out to pay tribute to late Israeli president Shimon Peres at his state funeral in Jerusalem yesterday, the groups demanded justice for 16-year-old Mahmoud Shaalan, killed on February 26.
The US-born teen of Palestinian descent was shot several times by Israeli forces at a checkpoint near the Beit El settlement in the West bank.
The troops reportedly stripped his clothes and left him bleeding in the road for two hours, preventing Palestinian paramedics from saving him.
Israeli authorities cleared the troops of any wrongdoing.
American Friends Service Committee government relations manager Raed Jarrar said: “As the largest supplier of military aid to Israel, the US has a responsibility to make sure weapons we supplied were not used in this unlawful killing.”