Fatma Jalal al-Masri

FatimaMarch 25, 2022: Fatma Jalal al-Masri, 1, was declared dead at the Gaza European Hospital after she was denied access to a hospital outside Gaza by Israeli authorities at the Erez crossing.

Fatma was subjected to Israel’s arbitrary and discriminatory permit system, which delays access to hospitals outside the Strip and denies care in around 30 percent of urgent cases. The continued movement restrictions by Israeli authorities on Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip systematically violate inhabitants’ right to health by aggravating health conditions and placing numerous barriers to health access.

According to Al Mezan, Fatma’s legal representative, she was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect in 2021. Despite having obtained a medical referral from the Palestinian Ministry of Health and confirming three hospital appointments at Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities denied Fatma the requisite exit permit to travel to Jerusalem for the appointments, the last of which was on 5 March 2022.

The young patient’s health deteriorated over the course of several months of denied care and she died three weeks after her last missed appointment.

Al Mezan deeply regrets Fatma’s death and strongly condemns Israel’s ongoing closure of the Gaza Strip and its associated restrictions on the movement of Palestinians, which includes denying patients access to the hospitals in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel, and abroad.

Al Mezan’s documentation shows that since 2011, 71 Palestinians—including 25 women and nine children—have died following Israel’s denial of requests for exit permits and delays. Notably, Israel’s targeted, discriminatory permit system is one of the practices and policies at the core of its apartheid regime against the Palestinian people as a whole.

This case is yet another example of Israel’s continuing violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and its obligations as an occupying power, notably to respect and ensure freedom of movement in occupied territory and to guarantee the right to health of the occupied population.

These obligations bear greater weight when involving children and as provided in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel has an obligation to ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child. Delaying access to necessary medical care for a toddler for more than five months is unwarranted and grave.

Al Mezan emphasizes that Israel is fully responsible for Fatma’s death as the occupying power and relevant duty bearer in these circumstances.

The State’s persistent breaches of its international law obligations require the intervention of the international community and accountability of perpetrators.

Al Mezan calls on the international community—in particular, the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions—to uphold their moral and legal obligations vis-à-vis the protected Palestinian people and to ensure Israel complies with its obligations under international law, ends the closure and blockade on the Gaza Strip, and stops its ongoing restrictions of Palestinian patients’ access to medical care outside the Gaza Strip.

Fatma was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Abdullah Khaled Da’bas

May 7th, 2021: Abdullah Khaled Da’bas, 20, was killed by Israeli forces along with Mohammad Ayman Fathi, 20, near the Salem Israeli military roadblock, close to the northern West Bank city of Jenin. A third Palestinian was injured by gunshot wounds inflicted by the Israeli troops. The injured Palestinian has been identified as Ahmad Bashir Foqaha, 19.

The Israeli army claimed the Palestinians fired live rounds at the soldiers and were killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.

Israeli media sources said the exchange of fire took place at a bus stop near the Salem colonialist outpost, outside the Salem military base.

They added that the Palestinians allegedly used improvised Carl Gustav rifles (known as Carlos) in the attack, before they were shot and killed, and stated that the incident did not lead to any injuries among the soldiers.

Following the shooting, Palestinian ambulances rushed to the scene, but the soldiers did not allow them to reach the Palestinians.

Israeli Ynet News said two of the Palestinians were instantly killed during the exchange of fire, and one was injured before he was taken to the HaEmek hospital in Afula, where his condition has been described as very serious.

It is worth mentioning that some Israeli media agencies initially reported that three Palestinians were shot dead.

Following the fatal shooting, the soldiers closed the entire area, forced the Palestinians away, and attacked Palestinian journalists.

Israeli military analysts said the shooting could just be the start of a serious escalation in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and added that the shooting seems to have been carried out by a small cell, however, could be the start for more escalation especially amidst the increasing tension in Jerusalem.

Abdullah was from Shweika area in Tulkarem. Source: IMEMC

Jabr Ibrahim Abu Hmeisa

October 26, 2018: Jabr Ibrahim Abu Hmeisa, 27, was killed in an explosion in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in Central Gaza.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that Jabr was killed , and another Palestinian was injured in the same incident.

An armed group calling itself the Mujahidin Brigades, said the Abu Hmeisa was one of its members, and that he died in an accidental explosion, without providing further details.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, four Palestinians, identified as identified as Nassar Eyad Abu Tayyim, 19, Ayesh Ghassan Shaat, 23, Ahmad Sa’id Abu Libda, 22, and Mohammad Khaled Mahmoud Abdul-Nabi, 27, during the Great Return March Processions near the perimeter fence in the besieged Gaza Strip, and injured 232 others, including 180 who were shot with live fire.

On Friday evening, the soldiers invaded the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, killed one Palestinian, identified as Othman Ahmad Ladadweh, 33, and injured dozens, including eight who were shot with live fire, while the soldiers also assaulted journalists, and shot one.

Jabr was from the al-Boreij refugee camp, in Central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Karen Mosquera

Karen Mosquera

October 22, 2014
: Karen Mosquera, 22, was killed by a Palestinian when he reportedly intentionally rammed his car into a group of Israelis waiting for the light-rail Ammunition Hill, in Jerusalem. A 3 month-old infant was also killed in the same incident, and the police shot the Palestinian driver dead. Karen was an Ecuadorian national living in Jerusalem. Source: Jerusalem Post

Shelley Dadon

shelly Dadon

May 1, 2014
: Shelley Dadon, 19, was killed by a Palestinian taxi driver while on her way to a job interview, and her body was found in a parking lot in Migdal Haemel with signs of trauma and stab wounds. Although the motive in unclear, the police said she was killed for nationalistic reasons. Shelly was from Afula. Source: Jerusalem Post