Hatem As’ad Abu Najma

April 24, 2023: Hatem As’ad Abu Najma, 39, was killed by an armed Israeli man in Jerusalem after he reportedly injured seven Israelis in what the army called a ramming attack.

Media sources said the colonizer fatally shot Hatem, a married father of five children from Beit Safafa town, south of occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli sources said the Palestinian “rammed several Israelis with his car in Davidka Square,” nearly one block away from “Mahaneh Yehuda” market, wounding seven, including a man, about 80 years old, who suffered serious wounds and a woman in her 30s who suffered moderate-but-stable injuries.

The seriously wounded man is reported to be sedated and hooked to a respiratory machine at the Intensive Care Unit at the Sha’are Zedek Medical Center.

The Jerusalem Post quoted the Israeli police stating that the Palestinian “sped up at an intersection deliberately ramming pedestrians” and added that he then “slowed down and stopped before an armed civilian shot and killed him.”

A video from the scene shows the colonizer shooting the Palestinian man through the closed side window of his car while he posed no threat or even attempted to leave it.

The Israeli military and internal security said Hatem was not known to have any affiliation with Palestinian political faction or armed groups and added that he had a history of mental illness.

After the incident, which potentially could have been a traffic accident, several Israeli teenagers gathered in the area, chanting “We want vengeance” while raising Israeli flags and “Ben-Gvir go home,” referring to the fanatic right-wing Israeli National Security Minister, Itama Ben-Gvir.

Suleiman Ayesh Oweid

It is worth mentioning that Ben-Gvir phoned the man who killed the Palestinians, and “expressed his gratitude and the gratitude of the state of Israel for his actions that prevented a much larger incident.”

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers invaded the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho city in the northeastern West Bank, killed Suleiman Ayesh Hussein Oweid, 20, before taking his corpse away, injured three, and abducted three others, including two siblings.

Hatem, a married father of five children from Beit Safafa town, south of occupied Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC