Ron Yitzhak Kukia

Ron Kukia

November 30, 2017: Ron Yitzhak Kukia, 19, was stabbed to death at a bus stop in the town of Arad in southern Israel. The two men charged with the murder were also charged with “terrorism,” under the assumption that the stabbing was politically motivated.

Two Palestinian Bedouin men charged with the attack were both members of the Abu Judeh family, from the Bedouin town of Kuseife, in southern Israel near the Israeli town of Arad where the stabbing took place.

Khaled Abu Judeh and his relative Zahi Abu Judeh were interrogated by Israeli police until “Khaled admitted to the stabbing.”

Israeli police said that during the interrogation, Khaled had told them that they had planned to kidnap the soldier, sedating him with anesthesia drugs, and then using him as a bargaining tool for the release of some of the 6,000 Palestinians prisoners held by Israel – many of whom are being held for years with no charges having been filed.

According to Israeli police, the two men had taken the soldier’s rifle after allegedly stabbing him, and the police found the rifle in the possession of one of the brothers.

The two had no criminal records, were not under suspicion of the Israeli intelligence service Shin Bet, and were not affiliated with any groups.

Following the November 30th stabbing, Israeli police have increased the number of checkpoints in the area, and have raided homes in Bedouin villages and towns in southern Israel.

On the same day that Kukia was killed, a Palestinian was shot dead by an Israeli settler from Migdalim who opened fire toward Palestinian teens who were allegedly throwing stones at the settlers who were trespassing on their land. Israeli soldiers arrived and also fired at the teens, and escorted the settlers, including the killer, away from the village. He was not charged with a crime. Ron was from Tel Aviv, in the western part of Israel. Source: IMEMC

Mahdi al-Saadi

Mahdi Jamal al-SaadiJuly 29, 2017: Mahdi Jamal al-Saadi, 22, was shot and killed by Israeli police near the Jaffa port. Another young man was moderately wounded by police gunfire as well.

The Israeli police claimed that the two tried to shoot at police from a motorcycle, but their families denied those claims. No police were injured.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Mahdi was shot six times in the upper body and neck. His neighbor Avi Ohaion, told the Post, “They didn’t have to kill him. He [Saadi] came to my clothing store just two days before the shooting. I knew him and his father. They are good people.”

The police also removed surveillance footage from businesses near where the shooting occurred.

Following the killing, the Israeli police held the body of al-Saadi in custody, preventing the family from holding the funeral (Islamic custom requires a funeral to be held as quickly as possible after a death).

Hundreds of people gathered at the family home of al-Saadi, then marched to the Abu Kabir Detention Facility, where his body was held for a number of hours, until successful negotiations between the family of al-Saadi and Israeli authorities.

At the same time, dozens of heavily-armored Israeli police lined up outside the detention facility where the protesters were gathered. Clashes broke out between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters, in which the Israeli police fired tear gas and concussion grenades at the crowd.

Four were arrested during the protest, including a leader with the Islamic Organization in Jaffa, Abdel-Qader Abu Shehada, and took them to the police station ‘Yftah’ in the city, where Abu Shehada was arrested from the center of ‘Yvit’, following the clashes that erupted between Police and youths angry at Saadi’s death.

Al-Saadi was the third Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in 24 hours. On Friday, a 24 year old man was killed at a military base south of Bethlehem, and a 16-year old boy was killed at a protest in Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Kamil Shnan

July 14, 2017: Kamil Shnan, 22, was killed by Palestinian gunmen during armed clashes that took place near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in East Jerusalem.

Shnan, an Arab-Israeli who served as Staff Sergeant Major with the Israeli police, was killed along with another Arab-Israeli officer, identified as Staff Sergeant Major Hail Stawi, 30.

Another police officer was injured during the gun clashes with the three Palestinians, who were shot dead in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinians who were killed in clashes were also Palestinian-Israeli citizens identified as Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Jabarin, 29, Mohammad Hamed Abdul-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19, from Umm al-Fahem Arab majority town.

Eyewitnesses said the three Palestinians were riding a motorcycle, before exchanging fire with the officers, and then ran towards the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound where they exchanged fire with the officers, who were chasing them, before they were killed.

Following the fatal incidents, the soldiers completely sealed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and canceled Friday prayers, before preventing all Muslim worshipers from entering or leaving the mosque’s courtyards.

The Israeli police also detained and interrogated the Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, in addition to 58 employees of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in Jerusalem.

The Mufti was later released after being ordered to pay a 10.000 Israeli Shekels bail, after several hours of detention and interrogation.

The police interrogated the employees for several hours, and released 53 of them, but remanded for further interrogation three employees, identified as Ayman al-Khalidi, Majed Tamimi and Tariq Sandouqa.

Kamil, the son of former Arab-Israeli Member of Knesset, Shakib Shnan, was from Hurfeish town in Israel’s northern district. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Ahmad M. Jabarin

July 14, 2017: Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers after he and two other Palestinians, exchanged fire with them, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Mohammad was killed along with Mohammad Hamed Abdul-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19, when they opened fire at Israeli police officers near the Lions Gate, then fled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they exchanged fire with the officers, wounding three, including two who later died from their serious wounds.

Eyewitnesses said the three Palestinians were riding a motorcycle before exchanging fire with the officers, and then continued towards the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound where they exchanged fire with the officers, for the second time, until they were killed.

Two Israeli officers identified as Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Hael Sathawi,30, from Maghar tow, and Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shnan, 22, from Hurfeish, suffered serious injuries, and died from their wounds later, while one officer suffered a mild-to-moderate injury, while exchanging fire with the three Palestinians. The slain officers were Arab citizens of Israel.

After the shooting, the police closed the entire compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, instated a tight siege, and initiated extensive searches in the area. Mohammad was a citizen of Israel, from the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Hamed Jabarin

July 14, 2017: Mohammad Hamed Abdul-Latif Jabarin, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers after he and two other Palestinians, exchanged fire with them, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Mohammad was killed along with Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Jabarin, 29, and Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19, when they opened fire at Israeli police officers near the Lions Gate, then fled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they exchanged fire with the officers, wounding three, including two who later died from their serious wounds.

Eyewitnesses said the three Palestinians were riding a motorcycle before exchanging fire with the officers, and then continued towards the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound where they exchanged fire with the officers, for the second time, until they were killed.

Two Israeli officers identified as Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Hael Sathawi,30, from Maghar tow, and Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shnan, 22, from Hurfeish, suffered serious injuries, and died from their wounds later, while one officer suffered a mild-to-moderate injury, while exchanging fire with the three Palestinians. The slain officers were Arab citizens of Israel.

After the shooting, the police closed the entire compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, instated a tight siege, and initiated extensive searches in the area. Mohammad was a citizen of Israel, from the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Ahmad Jabarin

July 14, 2017: Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Jabarin, 29, was killed by Israeli soldiers and police officers after he and two other Palestinians, exchanged fire with them, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Mohammad, was killed along with Mohammad Hamed Abdul-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19, when they opened fire at Israeli police officers near the Lions Gate, then fled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where they exchanged fire with the officers, wounding three, including two who later died from their serious wounds.

Eyewitnesses said the three Palestinians were riding a motorcycle before exchanging fire with the officers, and then continued towards the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound where they exchanged fire with the officers, for the second time, until they were killed.

Two Israeli officers identified as Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Hael Sathawi,30, from Maghar tow, and Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Kamil Shnan, 22, from Hurfeish, suffered serious injuries, and died from their wounds later, while one officer suffered a mild-to-moderate injury, while exchanging fire with the three Palestinians. The slain officers were Arab citizens of Israel.

After the shooting, the police closed the entire compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, instated a tight siege, and initiated extensive searches in the area. Mohammad was a Palestinian citizen of Israel, from the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Qweider

April 25, 2017: Mohammad Mahmoud Qweider, 10, was killed by Israeli explosives dropped by Israeli soldiers who earlier conducted live-fire training in Zarnouk village, in the Negev. His cousin, Omar, 8, was also killed in the same incident.

Mahmoud Abu Qwaider, the father of Mohammad, said the children found the object while playing near their homes, in the same area where the Israeli army constantly conducts live fire training, including the use of explosives, and that the soldiers are frequently seen running and training between the houses and dwellings.

After the explosion, Israeli medics, soldiers and sappers arrived at the scene, and took the children to a hospital, but they were both already dead.

Some Israeli reports claimed that the incident was just an accident that took place “when a power generator exploded near the children.”

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the children “were apparently playing with an ordnance when it exploded,” and claimed that the police were “investigating the incident.”

The incident is one of dozens of similar events that led to many casualties, including fatalities, not only in the Negev, but also in Bedouin communities, especially in the Jordan Valley and the Northern Plains of the West Bank.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded Zarnouk village, and delivered demolition orders targeting two homes.

The village’s Local Council issued a statement denouncing the demolition orders, especially since they came not long after the two children were killed by Israel’s own explosives, directly resulting from using civilian areas as training grounds for the military.

Mohammad was from Zarnouk village in the Negev. Source: IMEMC

Omar Qweider

April 25, 2017: Omar Ismael Qweider, 8, was killed by explosives dropped by Israeli soldiers who earlier conducted live-fire training in Zarnouk village in the Negev. His cousin, Mohammad, 10, was also killed in the same incident.

Mahmoud Abu Qwaider, the father of Mohammad, said the children found the object while playing near their homes, in the same area where the Israeli army constantly conducts live fire training, including the use of explosives, and that the soldiers are frequently seen running and training between the houses and dwellings.

After the explosion, Israeli medics, soldiers and sappers arrived at the scene, and took the children to a hospital, but they were both already dead.

Some Israeli reports claimed that the incident was just an accident that took place “when a power generator exploded near the children.”

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the children “were apparently playing with an ordnance when it exploded,” and claimed that the police were investigating the incident.

The incident is one of dozens of similar events that led to many casualties, including fatalities, not only in the Negev, but also in Bedouin communities, especially in the Jordan Valley and the Northern Plains of the West Bank.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded Zarnouk village, and delivered demolition orders targeting two homes.

The village’s Local Council issued a statement denouncing the demolition orders, especially since they came not long after the two children were killed by Israel’s own explosives, directly resulting from using civilian areas as training grounds for the military.

Omar was from Zarnouk village in the Negev. Source: IMEMC

Yacoub Abu al-Qee’an

January 18, 2017: Yacoub Mousa Abu al-Qee’an, 47, was killed by Israeli soldiers after alleging that he rammed them with his car, killing one officer, when the police and soldiers invaded Umm al-Hiran village, in the Negev, and started demolishing homes and structures. Locals said the man, a local mathematics teacher, lost control of his car after the police fired live rounds at him, and injured him in his knee, causing his vehicle to accelerate into a squadron of Israeli police officers, before his car rolled down a hill, hitting two officers who were walking up the hill, and coming to a halt after crashing into another car, leading to the death of an Israeli officer, identified as Erez Levy, 37. Arab Member of Knesset Ayman Odeh of Hadash Party, and the head of the Knesset’s Joint List, was among many injured by police fire. Yacoub was from Umm al-Hiran. Source: IMEMC