Cold Blooded Murder in Hebron

Cold Blooded Murder in Hebron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Post-Blog

Below are two
horrifying videos showing the cold-blooded execution of a wounded Palestinian in
Hebron by Israel’s Border Police.  No
doubt there will be an ‘investigation’ but I won’t be holding my breath as to
the outcome.

Tony Greenstein

Israelis execute injured Palestinian — video and eyewitness


Mourners in Qabatiya, near the West Bank city of Jenin, carry the body of Ahmad Kamil, shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly trying to stab one of them at Jalameh checkpoint, during his funeral on 30 October.  Nedal Eshtayah APA images
Warning:
This article contains graphic video and images of violence.
Israeli
occupation forces executed an injured Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday, an
eyewitness has told The Electronic Intifada.
Video
corroborates this clear case of extrajudicial execution, a war crime and part
of a pattern of such killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.
Five
Palestinians have been killed since Thursday, bringing the total this month to
71, according to the
Palestinian Authority health ministry.
This
number includes five
Palestinians
who died as a possible result of tear gas inhalation, delayed
medical treatment due to checkpoints and medical neglect by prison authorities.
Fifteen
of the dead are children.
Nine
Israelis
were slain in the same period.
More
than 1,200 Palestinians, including at least 256 children, have been injured by
Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 20 October, the United
Nations monitoring group OCHA
reported.
This video published at the Facebook page “Ramallah Mix” shows the injured al-Muhtasib lying on the ground.

 Summary execution

Mahdi
Muhammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib, 23, was killed by Israeli soldiers in Hebron on
Thursday after he allegedly lightly injured an
Israeli soldier at a checkpoint with a knife.
An
Israeli soldier stands at a distance of several meters. Al-Muhtasib moves and
the soldier, still at a distance of several meters, aims his rifle at him and
fires. Al-Muhtasib continues to writhe on the ground as the soldier moves
around him.
Two
more soldiers then approach al-Muhtasib but at no point is he provided medical
assistance.
The
one-and-a-half minute video shows one shot clearly being fired at the already
injured and immobilized al-Muhtasib, but an eyewitness told The Electronic
Intifada that many more shots had been fired.
Isa
Ajlouni, who lives in an apartment building next to the checkpoint, told The
Electronic Intifada that he heard approximately five shots in close succession.
“I went to the window and saw the young man wounded, lying on the ground,” he
said.
He
added that he looked around and saw an Israeli soldier walk over to
al-Muhtasib’s fallen body. The soldier stood right above al-Muhtasib, who was
still moving, and fired six bullets into his body.
Ajlouni
said that he also saw a bleeding Israeli officer by the checkpoint.
A
second video, published
by the Hebron group Youth
Against Settlements
, shows al-Muhtasib lying on the ground with soldiers
milling around him. It then shows another close-up of al-Muhtasib, but this
time he is covered in much more blood. Israeli personnel then drag his body,
put it on a stretcher, photograph and cover it.
It
also clearly shows the faces of soldiers and officers involved in this slaying.
The soldiers are wearing vests that identify them as belonging to Israel’s
paramilitary Border Police.
After
al-Muhtasib’s killing, youths began throwing stones at the checkpoint and
Israeli forces opened fire. Throughout the day, the Israeli military fired
sound grenades, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at protesters in the Old
City of Hebron.
On
27 October, Amnesty International said
it had documented at least four other recent instances “in which Palestinians
were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces when they posed no imminent
threat to life, in what appear to have been extrajudicial executions.”
Three
of the killings were in Hebron and one was in occupied East Jerusalem.
Hisham
Sharabati, a field researcher with the human rights group Al-Haq, told The
Electronic Intifada that he believes Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy is intended
to deter Palestinians from resisting.
Another
factor, he said, is that Israeli soldiers at the checkpoints are trigger happy,
a situation likely made worse by the inciting portrayals of knife-wielding
Palestinians in the Israeli media.
Human
rights groups have condemned
top Israeli police and political leaders for inciting summary executions.
On
Wednesday, Israeli authorities announced that Isra Abed
had not attempted, and had no intention, of stabbing anyone before she was shot
multiple times and seriously injured in Afula, a city in the north of
present-day Israel, earlier this month. The Palestinian citizen of Israel from
Nazareth will be released without charge.
Meanwhile,
Israel has charged
13-year-old Ahmad
Manasra
with attempted murder for his part in an alleged stabbing attack at
an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem earlier this month. Mansara was seen
in a video
lying on the ground covered in blood as Israelis shouted
obscenties at him and told him to die.
His
15-year-old cousin Hasan Khalid Manasra was shot dead by police during the
incident.

Hebron youth slain
Later
on Thursday, Israeli forces in Hebron shot dead 19-year-old
Farouq Abdulqadir Omar Sidr near the Beit Hadassah settlement.
Israel
claimed he tried to stab a soldier at a checkpoint.
A
Palestinian woman in the area at the time told the Ma’an News
Agency
that she “heard gunshots and saw Israeli soldiers and settlers
firing at a young Palestinian man while he was walking down a staircase,”
adding that she did not see anything in his hands.
Israeli forces stand near the body of Farouk Sidr, who allegedly tried to stab a soldier at a Jewish settlement in the center of Hebron on 29 October.  Yotam Ronen ActiveStills
Today,
Amnesty International called
on Israel
to “protect Palestinian civilians from attacks by Israeli
settlers in the occupied West Bank and ensure effective investigation of all
attacks.”
It
noted in particular the killing
of 18-year-old Palestinian Fadil Qawasmi
by a settler in Hebron on 17
October.
“Settlers
have long attacked and harassed Palestinians in Hebron and the rest of the
occupied West Bank with impunity, and sometimes with the apparent assistance or
acquiescence of Israeli forces,” 
Amnesty said.
International
activists reported
Friday
that Israel has declared the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron’s
Old City a closed military zone to Palestinians, except for residents who will
have to register with the army in order to access their homes.

Baby suffocates
On
Friday, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians and an infant died after
inhaling tear gas.
Eight-month-old
Ramadan Muhammad Faisal Thawabta died after inhaling tear gas fired by the
Israeli military at nearby protestors in Beit Fajjar, a village south of
Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health ministry sources said.

Israeli forces and emergency personnel stand next to the body of a Palestinian man who was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab Israeli police south of the West Bank city of Nablus on 30 October.  Nedal Eshtayah APA images
Earlier
on Friday, at a checkpoint near Nablus in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces shot two
Palestinians
after they allegedly tried to stab a Border Police officer.
Qasim
Mahmoud Sabaneh, 20, was immediately killed, while another youth was left in
critical condition. The name of the injured youth was not immediately
available, but Palestinian media reported
that he was 17 years old.
After
noon prayers the same day, Israeli forces shot Ahmad Hamada Qneibi, 23,
after he allegedly
tried to stab an Israeli near a light rail station outside the French Hill
settlement in East Jerusalem.
Israeli
police later announced
that the critically injured Qneibi died after they took him into custody.

Children’s bodies returned
Thousands
of Palestinians gathered in Hebron on Friday evening as the bodies of five
slain Palestinian children, which had been withheld by Israeli forces, were transferred.
The
teenagers, all killed by Israeli forces this month in apparent extrajudicial
executions, were Dania
Irsheid
, 17, Bayan
al-Esseili
, 16, Tariq
Ziyad al-Natshe
, 16, Husam
Ismail al-Jabari, 17, and 15-year-old Bashar Nidal al-Jabari
. They will be
buried on Saturday.
Children in “administrative detention”
In
an escalation of its crackdown on Palestinians, Israel has reintroduced administrative
detention
, incarceration without charge or trial, for children.
In
the early hours of 19 October, Israeli forces arrested Fadi Hasan Abassi, 17,
and Muhammad Saleh Ghaith, 17, from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of
occupied East Jerusalem, according
to Defence
for Children International – Palestine
.
A
third boy, Mahmoud Sbaih, 17, was seized at his home in a predawn raid on 16
October in the city’s Jabal al-Mukabir neighborhood. All three youths are to be
held for three to six months without trial on the orders of Israeli Defense
Minister Moshe
Yaalon
, allegedly for throwing stones.
Israel
currently holds hundreds of Palestinian adults in administrative detention, a
practice widely condemned by human rights groups.
It
has not been used against any Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank
since 2011, according to Defence for Children International – Palestine.
The
children’s rights group says it has no record of administrative detention ever
being used against children in East Jerusalem, part of the West Bank that
Israel purports to have annexed in
violation of international law
.
The
UN also noted
this week
that investigations by several human rights organizations
regarding an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on 11 October that killed
a pregnant Palestinian and her baby
had “found that the missiles had
directly hit the victims’ home, not weapon production sites belonging to
members of armed forces,” as Israel had previously claimed.

Charlotte
Silver reported from Hebron.

 

 

 

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