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 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.
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.