ISRAEL KILLS EZZADDIN TAMIMI(21) IN NABI SALEH

21-year-old Ezzaddin Abd El-Hafeezh Tamimi was fatally shot by Israel’s occupation forces in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on the morning of June 6th. One other person was wounded with live ammunition while dozens suffered from effects of tear gas inhalation.

‘WE WILL KILL HIM LIKE WE KILLED AHMED JARRAR’

According to his relatives, Ezzaddin Tamimi – a car mechanic – had received death threats from Israeli occupation soldiers earlier. He had been sought by the occupation for year and a half for taking part in anti-occupation demonstrations and for alleged stone-throwing.

A brother of his had been arrested by the Israeli occupation in an effort to force him to surrender.

Bilal Tamimi told that Israeli occupation forces had tried to arrest Ezzaddin Tamimi for months and had told his family that ‘We will kill him like we killed Ahmed Jarrar.’ Few weeks ago his brother received a phone call from Israeli occupation in which he was told that ‘Ezzeddin will face the same fate of Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, who was killed by the soldiers on February 06, 2018, if he does not surrender.’

THE INCIDENT

The killing took place during one of the regular Israeli occupation forces’ raids on the village to arrest people accused of offenses against the occupation, like throwing stones. Israeli occupation claims that Ezzadin Tamimi was shot for throwing a stone towards Israeli occupation forces’ soldier and the ‘Western’ media have used this claim uncritically to justify his killing to their audiences, with a common headline going ‘Israel Kills Palestinian Stone-Thrower’.

According to Israeli occupation, the occupation soldier would have been hit in head without suffering an injury and would have himself killed the young Ezzaddin Tamimi.

Tamimi was shot at least twice, with one bullet hitting him in neck and another in chest. He was standing 45 meters away from the Israeli occupation soldiers as the first bullet hit according to a foreign eye-witness. His bloody shirt has at least two bullet holes and some sources claim that he would have been shot three times.

It’s claimed that Ezzaddin Tamimi was left to bleed for half an hour before Israeli occupation soldiers gave him first aid. Palestinian medics were not allowed to reach Tamimi when they arrived and instead of him being transported to a hospital, he was taken away in Israeli occupation forces’ armoured vehicle after 15 more minutes. At which point he died is unclear; some sources indicate that he would have died on the scene of his shooting.

Locals who demanded that he would be taken to a hospital were attacked with sound bombs by Israeli occupation soldiers. Ezzaddin’s mother was pepper-sprayed when she tried to reach her son.

Tamimi’s body was brought to a hospital in Ramallah after it was handed over by Israeli occupation forces later on Wednesday and his funeral took place in his home village on late afternoon. Some participants of the funeral were detained by Israeli occupation forces at a roadblock and clashes were reported between youths and Israeli occupation forces.

COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT

A relative, Hasan Tamimi(16) is in a critical condition in a prison clinic after Israeli occupation refuse to give him the vegetarian diet he needs as a result of a metabolic disorder. Hasan Tamimi’s arrest is seen as part of a collective punishment against the village because of the publicity that the imprisonment and trial of Ahed Tamimi (17) and her mother Nariman gained globally.

Ahed Tamimi was just denied early release because of ‘the severity of her offense’ according to an Israeli occupation military court; Elor Azaria who killed Abdulfattah al-Sharif(21) was released early on May after serving 9 months of his original 18 month sentence for the killing of the wounded, immobile youth.

The killing of Ezzaddin Tamimi is fourth in Nabi Saleh during the last ten years and third involving a member of the extended Tamimi family in Nabi Saleh. Musa’ab Tamimi, aged 16 or 17, from the neighbouring village of Deir Nidham was the first Palestinian killed in 2018 when he was fatally shot on January 3rd.

SOURCES:

IOF kills 21-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah

Israeli forces kill 21-year-old Ezzaddin Tamimi in Nabi Saleh

Israeli Forces Kill Yet Another Tamimi Family Member

Israeli court rejects Tamimi request for early release

One killed, dozens injured during clashes in Ramallah villages

Occupation forces kill Izadin Tamimi in morning raid

Palestinian martyred by Israeli forces near Ramallah

Palestinian youth killed by Israeli soldiers in West Bank village

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Ramallah

Youth killed by Israeli soldiers in West Bank village identified

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Month of Innocent Children: ALI AND MUAWIYA ALQAM

On November 10th 2015 Ali Ehab Alqam, then 11, was shot three times by Israeli ‘security’ guard and arrested with his cousin Muawiya Ahmad Hasan Ali Alqam, then 13 or 14, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Bullets hit Ali in pelvis, stomach and hand and after going through surgery he was at first bound to a wheelchair and kept shackled.

They were accused of injuring a ‘security’ guard with a knife in the light rail system which Israel uses to connect illegal Israeli colonies in occupied East Jerusalem to West Jerusalem. In some sources the injury to the ‘security’ guard is described as ‘light’, in others ‘moderate’.

That the two boys tried to attack a ‘security’ guard they saw as representative of the Israeli occupation has not been seriously contested. (Although almost all sources mention only ‘security guards’, one source says that they were Israeli occupation police’s Special Patrol Unit officers.)

The boys were publicly stripped in the aftermath of the shooting, Muawiya was stripped naked and had cold water poured over him while kept in a police van where he was threatened with death.

On July 17th 2016 Muawiya Alqam was sentenced in Israeli occupation court to 6.5 years in prison for ‘attempted murder’ and for possession of a knife. He was then 14. His parents had to pay a fine of $6750 and he was given a suspended sentence of three years over the 6.5 years.

Unlike adult Israeli citizens who are regularly released after serving two-thirds of their sentence – like the notorious Elor Azaria, who served 9 months for killing Abdulfattah al-Sharif(21) – Muawiya Alqam is unlikely to be released before being imprisoned for the whole 6.5 years.

Ali Alqam had been held in ethnically cleansed Palestine’s Acre from late 2015 until April 2016 when he was ordered to be transferred to a close facility in West Jerusalem. Calling him ‘a terrorist’ Israeli occupation court judge ruled that he would be imprisoned for at least a year, the length which would be ‘negotiotable’.

Our attempts to find out if he has been released have been unsuccessful.

SOURCES:

An indictment against the child “Alqam”…arrests…and a decision to release a woman from Silwan

Arrests…sentencing a child…extensions of arrest

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Israeli court maintains detention of 12-year-old Palestinian boy

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Israel refuses to release world’s youngest prisoner

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Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prison

Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant fines

The children “Ali” under arrest…One is injured and the other under the age of responsibility

The occupation continues to arrest the child Ali Alqam in a private room at the hospital

Transferring the child “Ali Alqam” to a closed institute

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Month of Innocent Children Victims of Agression: IMPACT OF FATHER’S IMPRISONMENT ON YOUNG CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

A pioneering study by Amer Shehadeh et. al. published in 2015 looked at the psychological effect of imprisonment on fathers on Palestinian children aged 3-11 living on the Israeli occupied West Bank.

Although Palestinian children overall grow up in a stressful environment because of the violent Israeli occupation, the study found that a father’s absence through imprisonment had a significant magnifying effect on children’s mental health, which was exacerbated if the child had witnessed her or his father being arrested and taken away by Israel’s occupation forces.

The prevalence of severe post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) was 12 times higher than in comparable population of Palestinian children whose fathers had not been imprisoned; a total of 14.2 % children in the sample had severe PTSD. Higher percentage, 15.4 %, showed overall evidence of behavioural and psychological problems, which was 28 times higher than with children whose father had not been imprisoned. 13.7 % had emotional problems, 10 times more than in the group they were compared to.

Children who had witnessed their father being arrested by Israeli occupation forces were 5 times more likely to have PTSD. Behavioural and psychological problems were also five times higher in this group. On overall, 36.7 % of the children had witnessed their father being arrested and one out of third among them showed evidence of behavioural and psychological problems.

There was little difference between genders, but the younger the child in question, the more likely they were to show symptoms. Children living in villages instead of urbananized areas – real towns or refugee camps – were about four times more likely to have PTSD. This is likely to have been down to the fact that villages are more likely to be in Area C of the West Bank, directly and solely controlled by Israeli occupation forces with the children overall experiencing more fear and violence in their daily lives.

SOURCE:

The Impact of Parental Detention on the Psychological Wellbeing of Palestinian Children

PHOTO: Abu Karam Maswathi with his son Wadia(5) in occupied Hebron on July 9th 2013 by International Solidarity Movement.

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ISRAEL KILLS A COUSIN OF SLAIN MEDIC RAZAN NAJJAR

Israel on Monday June 4th killed a cousin of paramedic Razan Najjar(21), who herself was slain by it on Friday June 1st. Both killings have taken place in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The fatal incident took place east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the small coastal enclave. It’s claimed that Ramzi Najjar was killed during what was intended to be a revenge for the killing of his cousin.

Ramzi Najjar was part of a group of youths who are said to have used wire-cutters to make a hole in a border fence and threw a Molotov cocktail at the direction of Israel’s occupation forces post before retreating back to Gaza, according to what seems the most likely of several versions of the events.

In some descriptions of the events, Najjar was shot before they made it it to the border fence.

The others in the group (whose size differs in account; in some its just him and an unnamed second person) were able to cross back into Gaza, but Ramzi Najjar was shot and wounded. According to some accounts, he was inside Gaza when shot.

The claim that Palestinian medics were not allowed to reach him indicates this is it’s correct.

According to the Israeli occupation, occupation soldiers arrested Najjar who soon perished of his wounds. His body is in Israel’s hands, as are the bodies of up to seven others killed in the border since March 30th.

Israeli occupation released a photograph it claimed to be taken from the place where Najjar would have been shot and killed. In it is a hole in the border fence with barbed-wire farther out in Gaza and a rusted axe laying near the fence.

Israeli occupation made much about this axe in its own claims, which clearly seems to have been used (likely rather ineffectually) on the border fence and the barbed-wire inside the besieged coastal enclave – instead of being intended to be used to attack occupation soldiers as Israeli and pro- Israeli occupation press imply.

Earlier on Monday Israel’s occupation forces armoured bulldozers entered Gaza for a second consecutive day, bulldozing agricultural lands up to 150 meters from the border.

SOURCES:

IOF shoot dead Palestinian youth on Gaza border

Israeli army launches limited incursion into southern Gaza

Israeli forces kill Palestinian allegedly attempting to cross Gaza border fence

Israeli forces kill Palestinian attempting to cross Gaza border fence

Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian In Gaza

Palestinian killed by Israeli gunfire east of Gaza

Palestinian shot dead trying to breach Gaza border: Israel army

شهيد برصاص الاحتلال شرق خانيونس واحتجاز جثمانه

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Month of Innocent Children: NUMBER OF CAPTIVE PALESTINIAN CHILDREN DOUBLES

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Ahed Tamimi, detained in December 2017 when she was 16 and sentenced to prison until August by an Israeli occupation military court, has given face to underage Palestinian political prisoners in globally. But she is only one of over 300 Palestinian minors currently imprisoned by the occupier Israel.

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reported that in the end of April 2018 a total of 321 Palestinian minors from the occupied territories were imprisoned by Israel and that 61 of them were under the age of 16 and two were under the age of 14.

The number had slightly decreased from December 2017, when Palestinian human rights organization Addameer reported that 350 children were kept imprisoned by Israel. The number is still twice as much as in December 2014, when 156 children were imprisoned.

The increasing violence and oppression by the Israeli occupation since October 2015 has hit especially hard children, as from these figures and their role in the casualties, killed and wounded, since show. In December 2017 alone Israeli occupation detained 450 Palestinian children, when the average for an entire year earlier in this decade had been around 700.

Israel has made new legislation which has made even younger Palestinian children equal to adults in its military court system, which has given children prison sentences equal to their existing ages. Behind this is blatant racism and an attempt to hurt society through its most vulnerable members.

Palestinian children usually lack presence of parents and lawyers when they are interrogated, 75 % face physical violence and threats and acts of sexual violence are common. Children’s family members are threatened if the children don’t ‘confess’ and in 23 % of cases in 2013, made to sign a confession written in Hebrew, which few of the chukdren know.

In the military courts themselves, the sentence rate is 99.74 % and threat of long prison sentences forces lawyers often recommended a plea deal in exchange of a reduced sentence when chance of being found guilty is almost non-existent. Children are often accused of multiple offenses, so that something is made to ‘stick’ in the process of bargaining. This was what was witnessed in the case of Ahed Tamimi.

When children are convicted and sentenced to prison, 60 % are moved in direct violation of international law to prisons in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948. According to international law, prisoners from an occupied territory should serve in the occupied territory, but in the case of Palestinian children they are taken far from their families. The effect of distance is multiplied by the difficulty for family members to obtain a permission to visit Israel for a meeting.

For children, when they eventually are freed, freedom is often beginning a circle of new detainment and imprisonment. Ahed Tamimi’s younger cousin Mohammed Tamimi(15) has not only been badly wounded by Israel’s occupation forces, but he has also so far been detained for three separate times, spending months in combined captivity.

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Ahed Tamimi is one of hundreds of children imprisoned in Israel

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Israel: 50 Years of Occupation Abuses

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MILITARY DETENTION

Statistics on Palestinian minors in the custody of Israeli security forces

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YOUNG FATHER DIES OF WOUNDS SUFFERED ON BLOODY MONDAY

30-year-old Mohammad Na’im Hamada died on Sunday June 3rd from wounds he suffered when shot by Israel’s occupation forces’ sniper on the Bloody Monday of May 14th while taking part in the Great Return March in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hamada was seriously wounded yet had been recovering and was able to celebrate his daughter’s sixth birthday only a few days ago, but experienced a sudden deterioration in his condition.

Mohammad Hamada was from the Jabalia refugee camp in the besieged coastal enclave.

According to our count, the death toll from the Bloody Monday alone stands at 70.

SOURCES:

Gazan dies of wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire

Palestinian Man Succumbs To Serious Wounds

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Young man shot at Gaza protest proclaimed dead

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YOUNG PARAMEDIC KILLED BY ISRAEL IN BESIEGED GAZA [Updated]

Volunteer paramedic Razan Ashraf Najjar(21) was shot in chest by Israel’s occupation forces on Friday June 1st in the besieged Gaza Strip. She was pronounced dead in hospital, the bullet having penetrated her heart.
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The young nurse was tending to the wounded during the Great Return March demonstration when she was targeted east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the besieged coastal enclave.
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Najjar was going to help a wounded person close to the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948, her hands raised up and her back turned to the Israeli occupation forces’ soldiers when she was hit with the sniper’s bullet 100 meters from the border.
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A video captured only moments before she was shot showed the medical team of five she was part of walking together with their hands raised.
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A little earlier another member of the medical team had been hit in leg with an Israeli occupation forces’ tear gas grenade.
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The incident took place late on the afternoon. Her death was announced at 19:05 local time. According to some sources, she died only minutes after being shot although attempts to resuscitate her continued still in hospital.
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Over 100 other people were injured, with 40 shot with live ammunition by Israeli occupation forces on Friday. An elderly man was hit in head by an Israeli occupation forces’ tear gas canister.
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Razan Najjar’s funeral took place on Saturday, filling streets in her home town of Khuzaa in Khan Younis.
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