January 05, 2018: Rami Issa Khalil Ismael, 38, was killed by an Israeli settler bus driver who ran him over.
Rami died after being rammed by the speeding Israeli colony’s bus, near Bethlehem, in the West Bank, before the soldiers took his body, and returned it to his family five hours later.
The family, from Ertas village, south of Bethlehem, said that the bus driver deliberately rammed their son on Road #60, near the al-Khader town, also south of Bethlehem.
The man was mainly struck in the head, causing many fractures, including to his skull, and splattering his brain onto the road.
An Eyewitness said that he, and other Palestinians, including Rami, were crossing the road when the settlement bus was still at a distance, but then the driver sped towards them, ramming Rami, and killing him.
“We were crossing the road, but when the bus driver saw us, he just sped towards us, and struck Rami, instantly killing him.”
His family said that the soldiers took his corpse, and returned it to them five hours later, before it was moved to Beit Jala governmental hospital.
He is just the latest of a number of Palestinians killed on this road by Israeli settler vehicles, while going from their community to their farmlands, or heading back home.
The Israeli drivers frequently speed up when they see Palestinians on or near the road, often aiming towards them to try to run them down.
Rami, Rami, a married father of one child. was from Ertas village, south of Bethlehem in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC