What Happened to Abir?
Abir Aramin was leaving school with her sister and two friends in the West Bank town of Anata on January 16th, 2007. She never made it home to her family. On this day a single shot was fired from the back of an Israeli Border Police jeep that was patrolling outside the gates of the Anata Girls’ School. Abir was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet and critically wounded. She was taken off life support after 3 days of struggling for her life. She was only 10 years old.
According to Abir’s attorney, Michael Sfard of Yesh Din, “Fourteen eye-witnesses and an independent autopsy report submitted by the renowned Israeli pathologist, Dr. Chen Kugel, demonstrate clearly that Abir was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back of the head while running away.”
However, the Israeli State Attorney’s office closed the case citing lack of evidence. Appeal to reopen the case was denied; the State Attorney claimed she was hit by stones thrown at the time the jeep was leaving the village. But according to the soldier’s own reports, Abir was already at the hospital before the jeep had even left the village. A third and final appeal to the Israeli High Court of Justice was presented on Oct. 14, 2009, and the High Court issued its decision (top of page) on February 9th in favor of the family. On March 28, the Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office announced that it would reopen the investigation, however, following review the Israeli State Prosecutor again announced to the High Court that there is not enough evidence to hold a trial. Now in Spring, 2011 we await the High Court’s final recommendation.