Ala’ Khalil Qaisiyya

May 26, 2023: Ala’ Khalil Qaisiyya, 26, was killed by an Israeli guard in an illegal colony near Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli reports said a security team member shot the Palestinian, who has reportedly infiltrated a colony and was“heading to a synagogue in Teneh Omarim colony, where holiday prayers were taking place,” and added that “the guard shot him at the entrance of the building.”

According to Ynet News, the Palestinian was shot in “an attempted stabbing attack,” adding that the security guard shot him allegedly when he was “wielding his knife.” No Israelis were injured in the reported incident.

The report only indicated that the Palestinian was “neutralized,” a term various Israeli medical outlets use without providing further details, especially whether the person was killed or just ‘idled.’

Immediately after the incident, the Israeli army instructed the colonizers to remain indoors until further notice and prevented vehicles from entering or leaving the colony.

The Palestinian is the cousin of Sa’ad Mahmoud Qaisiyya, 25, who a paramilitary colonizer killed, on March 1, 2017, in the same colony.

There are 22 illegal Israeli colonies, fifteen outposts, and four’ industrial colonies’ on stolen Palestinian lands in Hebron, where about 21.000 colonizers reside.

The army also has 20 permanent military roadblocks in Hebron, resulting in constant closure and the isolation of many neighborhoods and communities.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”

Ala’ was from the Ath-Thaeriyya town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Source: IMEMC