Mai Afaneh

June 16th, 2021: Mai Afaneh, 29, was shot and killed by Israeli forces while she was in her car at the entrance to Hizma town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces opened fire at Afaneh, who was a doctor, and the mother of an eight-year old girl, when she drove her vehicle down a road that was under construction, at the entrance to Hizma town. Local sources reported that Afaneh apparently had accidentally driven her vehicle down the wrong road, and was trying to turn around when she was shot.

The army claimed that the slain woman attempted to ram her car into a number of Israeli soldiers before exiting the vehicle with a knife” the Anadolu Agency reported.

But the Israeli authorities offered no evidence to back their claim. The claim also goes against the forensic evidence showing that Mai was in her car when she was shot and killed.

On Friday, July 16th, Palestinians held a peaceful protest in Abu Dis town, on the one month anniversary of Mai’s killing, demanding the Israeli occupation authorities hand over her body to her family.

Her body had been withheld by the army since she was shot and killed near Hizma town on June 16, 2021.

Video from Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic)

May was from Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC