Ahmad Mustafa Erekat

June 23, 2020: Ahmad Mustafa Erekat, 26, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at the “Container” military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, while he was preparing for his sister’s wedding that was scheduled to take place later that day.

The soldiers claimed that Ahmad ‘tried to ram them with his car’ – a claim that his family says is beyond ridiculous.

The head of Abu Dis Town Council, Ahmad Abu Hilal, said the soldiers shot Ahmad with multiple rounds, and left him to bleed to death, before taking his corpse away.

Abu Hilal added that Ahmad was driving to Bethlehem city to fetch his sisters and his mother from a hairdressing shop in Bethlehem, as the family was preparing for the wedding of one of his sisters, which was supposed to take place on the same day, Tuesday, June 23 2019.

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Eyewitnesses said the soldiers at the permanent military roadblock closed the area, and prevented Red Crescent medics from approaching the young man, in addition to firing many gas bombs at Palestinian cars and residents to force them away.

The Israeli army alleged that the young man “accelerated towards the roadblock, and attempted to ram a female soldier with his car,” and added that the soldier reportedly suffered mild wounds before she was moved to a hospital in Jerusalem.

The spokesperson of the Israel police, Micky Rosenfeld, claimed that “after trying to ram the soldiers, the young man got out of his vehicle, and approached them before they shot him.”

The family denied the military allegations and said the soldiers rushed to shoot Ahmad without any justification, and added that they believe their slain son must have lost control over his car.

“As we have seen in previous similar incidents, the soldiers were quick to open deadly fire,” his family said, “Our son would never have tried to deliberately ram soldiers, or anybody else, especially on the day of his sister’s wedding!”

They added that they intend to hire a lawyer to demand Israel to release his corpse for burial.

Palestinian journalist Christine Rimawi said that the slain Palestinian was a Facebook friend and that he himself was preparing to get married soon.

“Today’s victim, Ahmad Mustafa Erekat, 27, was executed by the soldiers at the Container roadblock, and the army was ready with its familiar allegation of attempted ramming attack, Christine stated, “But the truth is that he was just going to Bethlehem to fetch his mother and sisters from a hairdressing salon when the soldiers shot him and left him to bleed to death,” she added.

“He was getting ready for the celebration, for his sister’s wedding! He was shot and killed instead! Can you imagine what this wedding has turned into?! Not only that today is his sister’s wedding. His own wedding was supposed to take place soon!”

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates issued a statement strongly denouncing the escalating Israeli violations and the “cold-blooded murder of Ahmad at the racist deathtrap roadblocks.”

“This crime is part of Israel’s ongoing policies; this illegal authority of the Israeli occupation continues to commit crimes against our people, including field executions, and extrajudicial assassinations,” the Ministry stated, “All of these policies and crimes, committed by the police, the army, and the paramilitary colonialist settlers, are targeting the Palestinian civilians, their homes and lands, and are aimed at trying to force us out of our ancestral lands.”

The Ministry also stated that it will file a complaint with the United Nations, and all its related institutions, as part of its constant efforts to document the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, including the murder of Ahmad Erekat.

It called on the International Community, the United Nations, and the Security Council, to act on providing immediate protection to the Palestinian people, living under the illegal Israeli military occupation, and to implement the basics of International Law.

“Our people urgently need protection, the International Community; the United Nations must act and end these escalating Israeli crimes,” it added, “The criminal Israeli occupation of Palestine continues to target innocent civilians. Silence is complicity!”

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Ahmad was from Abu Dis, in the central West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Ala Khader al-Hreimi

August 16, 2019: Ala Khader al-Hreimi, 26, was shot dead in a barrage of bullets fired by Israeli soldiers after the car he was driving hit a car driven by Israeli colonist settlers on the highway between Bethlehem and Hebron.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers fired many live rounds at his car after he reportedly deliberately rammed two Israeli colonists near Etzion illegal colony. Israeli media sources said the Palestinian driver was “neutralized” following the vehicular collision.

The Palestinian Health Ministry and the District Civil Coordination Office reported that the Palestinian who was killed by Israeli soldiers near Etzion, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, was identified as Ala Khader al-Hreimi, 26.

Ala, a construction worker, is a former political prisoner who was detained by Israel for two years and was previously shot by Israeli soldiers.

Following his death, the soldiers summoned his brother, Abdul-Salam al-Hreimi, for interrogation at Roadblock #300, south of Bethlehem.

Israeli sources said that two Israeli settlers were wounded in the vehicle collision, identified as Noam Navis, 19, who was moderately injured, and her brother, Nachum, 17, who suffered a serious head injury and has been hooked to a respirator, from Gush Etzion.

Israeli Ynetnews said “it remains unclear whether the incident was a deliberate attack, or a traffic accident,” and added that the driver was “neutralized.”

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ala was from the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

 

Sajid Abdel Hakim Mizhir

March 26, 2019: Sajid Abdel Hakim Helmi Mizhir, 17, a young Palestinian paramedic, was shot and killed by Israeli forces who  opened fire at him despite the fact that he was wearing his clearly marked medic vest. He died of his wounds in the hospital soon after.

The killing occurred when Israeli troops invaded Deheishe camp on Wednesday at dawn, and injured several Palestinians. Sajid was there to treat the wounded, when he was shot in the abdomen.

During the invasion, the soldiers stormed and ransacked several homes, and abducted Mohammad Riziq Hammash, 21, Mahmoud Walid Lahham, and Ma’ali Issa Ma’ali, 27.

Media sources said the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at dozens of youngsters, who protested the invasion and hurled stones at the armored vehicles.

They added that four Palestinians were shot with live fire before they were rushed to medical centers in Bethlehem, while many others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Sajid was shot with a live round in the abdomen and was rushed to surgery at the Arab Society Hospital for Rehabilitation, where he died of his wounds.

A second Palestinian was shot in the shoulder, a third in the thigh and the fourth in the arm.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes in the refugee camp and occupied several rooftops to use them as firing posts and monitoring towers.

During the home invasions and searches, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Rezeq Hammash, 21, Mahmoud Walid Lahham, and Ma’ali Issa Ma’ali, 27.

The Palestinian Health Ministry issued a statement denouncing Sajid’s death, and stated that the constant targeting of medics and journalists is serious violation of International Law and all related international resolutions, especially the laws that protect civilians in the time of war.

Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awwad, said the soldiers shot and killed Sajed with live fire, despite his clearly marked medic vest.

He added that the Israeli crimes and violations against Palestinian medics have led to the death of four medics since 2018, in addition to dozens of injuries and serious damage to ambulances and clinics.

It is worth mentioning that Sajid’s cousin, Arkan Tha’er Mizhir, 15, was killed by Israeli soldiers on July 22, 2018, after the army invaded the refugee camp.

Sajid was from Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the central part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Jamal Manasra

Ahmad Jamal ManasraMarch 19, 2019: Ahmad Jamal Mahmoud Manasra, 26, was executed by Israeli soldiers when he stepped out of his car and tried to provide aid to another Palestinian, who had been shot and seriously injured by the soldiers in his car, while his wife and children were also in the vehicle.

This shooting took place near Nashash military roadblock, at the southern entrance of the al-Khader, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses stated that the slain young man, identified as Ahmad Jamal Mahmoud Manasra, 26, was driving behind another Palestinian car, when the soldiers shot and seriously injured the driver, who was with his wife and children.

The Palestinian later rushed to his car, to remove it from the street, but the soldiers, stationed at the Nashash military roadblock, fired many live rounds at him, causing a very serious injury that led to his death.

Bethlehem governor Kamel Hmeid, denounced the escalating Israeli crimes and violations, and said that the soldiers deliberately executed the young man, who was only trying to help a wounded man and his family.

He called on the international community to break its silence, and idleness, and hold Israel accountable for its seriously escalating crimes against the Palestinian people, and added this silence, and the protection Israel receives from the United States, are encouraging it to continue to crimes.

The Israeli army made a statement that the “Palestinian was killed in clashes in Bethlehem,” without any additional detail.

It is worth mentioning that Ahmad is the fourth Palestinian to be killed by the army in less than 24 hours, after the soldiers killed last night and at dawn, Omar Amin Abu Laila, 19, in  Abwein village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in addition to Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan, 21, and Zeid  Emad Nouri, 20, who were killed by the soldiers in Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Earlier on Wednesday, the soldiers invaded the area surrounded the al-‘Arroub College, in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the  southern West Bank city of Hebron, and fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades and live rounds at  students nonviolently marching and protesting the killings committed by the army.

Medical sources reported that the soldiers caused many Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

Ahmad was from Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC

Arkan Tha’er Mizhir

Akram MizherJuly 22, 2018: Arkan Tha’er Mezher, 15, died after being shot with a live round in the chest while protesting the invasion of his refugee camp, Deheishe Camp in Bethlehem, by Israeli soldiers in the pre-dawn hours.

After the child was shot, he was rushed Beit Jala (al-Hussein) Governmental Hospital, where he was declared dead.

His death came as dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, killing Arkan injuring two young men and causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers invaded the camp, storming and ransacking homes, causing damage.

They added that dozens of youngsters protested the invasions, and hurled stones at the soldiers, who fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

In addition, the soldiers abducted two young men from the camp.

Arkan was from Deheishe camp, in Bethlehem, in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

 

Raed al-Salhi

September 2, 2017: Raed al-Salhi, 21, died of serious wounds sustained three weeks earlier in an Israeli military raid of Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem.

Al-Salhi had been shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen on August 9th, puncturing his liver and landing him in critical condition at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he died of his injuries on September 2nd, three weeks after being shot.

While he was being treated at the hospital, he was denied any visits by his family, and was heavily guarded by Israeli soldiers who considered him a prisoner. He remained unconscious the entire time, until his death.

According to his brother Khaled, their mother had tried several times to visit him but was prevented. She suffers from several health issues, and was unable to sleep during the past three weeks after her child was shot.

In addition to keeping the unconscious youth under heavy guard, the Israeli military also arrested his brother and kept him for interrogation. Neither Raed nor his brother were ever charged with any crime.

The Israeli military stated that they entered the camp on August 9th to detain al-Salhi and another young men, but when the two young men ran away, the soldiers pursued them, and fired live ammunition at the two unarmed youth.

The Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Committee, Issa Qaraqe’, told reporters from the Ma’an News Agency that the Committee holds Israel responsible for the 21-year old’s death, and condemned the use of live ammunition by Israel in its invasion of the refugee camp.

Qaraqe added that Salhi was left bleeding for more than 90 minutes, after the soldiers prevented local medics from approaching him.

Dr. Ra’fat Hamdouna, the head of the Prisoners’ Center for Studies, stated that the death of the wounded Palestinian should raise an international outcry, and bring attention to the issue of extrajudicial executions and medical neglect of dozens of Palestinian detainees. Dr. Hamdouna added that the soldiers shot Raed from very close range, with the intent to kill him.

Raed al-Salhi was a member of the leftist political party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The party said that al-Salhi was involved in a number of volunteer activities in the camp to provide health and social activities for the residents. Source: IMEMC

Abdullah Taqatqa

July 28, 2017: Abdullah Mahmoud Taqatqa, 24, was killed by Israeli soldiers at the Gush Etzion settlement junction, south of Bethlehem, in the West Bank, after the soldiers claimed he ran toward the while wielding a knife.

An eyewitness told the Maan News Agency that the Palestinian was walking towards Bethlehem, and was at least twenty meters away from the nearest soldier, when one of them shouted at him, and fired a live round, before other soldiers fired five more rounds.

He added that the soldiers then approached the Palestinian, before one of them kicked him to flip him over, and fired another round at him.

Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the army stating that the Palestinian ran towards soldiers, standing near a hitchhiking spot, while carrying a knife.

“I swear to God; the young man had no weapon of any kind… he had no knives, no weapons… nothing,” the eyewitness said. Abdullah was from Marah M’alla town, east of Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Tnouh

July 20, 2017: Mohammad Hussein Tnouh, 26, was killed by Israeli soldiers in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, in the West Bank, after the soldiers claimed that he attempted to stab them.

The soldiers shot Mohammad with four live rounds, before an army jeep ran over him, near al-Khansa’ school, in Teqoua’.

An Israeli army spokesperson said the soldiers “responded to an immediate threat, and killed the man.”

After shooting the Palestinian, the soldiers closed the area, prevented bystanders, and medics, from approaching him, and later covered his body with a black sheet, before taking it away.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the soldiers prevented its medics from approaching the Palestinian to assess his condition, and the extent of his injuries, before he was declared dead.

Clashes took place in Teqoua’ following the fatal shooting, and the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The Palestinian Police said the soldiers shot one of its officers with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head. Mohammad was from Teqoua’. Source: IMEMC

Bara’ Hamamda

July 14, 2017: Bara’ Ismael Hamamda, 18, was killed by Israeli soldiers who invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank, and searched homes, leading to clashes between the army and dozens of local youngsters.

Medical sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers shot Bara’ with a live round in the chest, inflicting a very serious injury, and that the wounded young man succumbed to his wounds while the doctors were trying to save his life in a local hospital.

At least two other Palestinians were shot by army fire, while the soldiers also invaded and searched many homes, interrogated many Palestiniansو and arrested three. Bara’ was from Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Jibreel

July 10, 2017: Mohammad Ibrahim Jibreel, 25, was killed by Israeli soldiers near Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the West Bank.

The Israeli army claimed that Mohammad attempted to ram soldiers with his car, while they were exchanging guard duties at a military watchtower, wounding one.

The army added that the car struck a nearby safety rail, before the driver reportedly exited it while carrying a knife, and “attempted to stab the soldiers,” who then shot him dead.

A Palestinian ambulance rushed to the scene, but the soldiers prevented the medics from approaching the young Palestinian man. Mohammad was from Teqoua’ town. Source: IMEMC