Yehuda Guetta

May 5th, 2021: Yehuda Guetta, 19, of Jerusalem, died from wounds sustained three days earlier in a drive-by shooting

He was one of three 19-year old Israeli settlers were shot and injured by gunshots from a passing vehicle while standing on the roadside by Za’tara military checkpoint in southern occupied Nablus.

Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint opened fire at the vehicle from which the shots were fired — identified as a silver SUV — but the vehicle drove away.

The three wounded Israelis were identified as Yehuda Guetta from Jerusalem, Benaya Peretz from Beit Shean, and Amichai Hala from Safed. The three were students at a Yeshiva (Jewish religious school) located in Itamar settlement, built on stolen Palestinian land near Nablus.

Yehuda sustained critical injuries, while the other two sustained moderate and light injuries, respectively.

According to the Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, “The [Israeli military] and security forces will not rest until they get their hands on the terrorists who carried out the attack”.

Following the shooting, Israeli forces closed the checkpoint, preventing all Palestinian civilians from entering or leaving the area. They also began invading nearby villages and towns, forcing all residents to remain in their homes during the invasions.

In addition, the Israeli military set up a number of ‘flying checkpoints’ throughout the northern West Bank, forcing Palestinian civilians to remain stopped on roadways for hours at a time waiting for their vehicles to be examined by the soldiers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a a statement saying that, “We will not allow terror to raise its head, and we will strike our enemies forcefully.”

The three victims were taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment.

The attack came in the midst of high tensions throughout the West Bank, with numerous attacks against Palestinian civilians by Israeli settlers and soldiers. The violent attacks against Palestinian civilians began two weeks ago, at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when a right-wing Israeli group Lehava held a march through Palestinian neighborhoods shouting ‘Death to Arabs’ and injuring more than a hundred Palestinians in a single night.

Israeli soldiers and settlers have, over the previous three weeks before this shooting, repeatedly attacked Palestinian worshipers at and around the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which is the third-holiest site in Islam.

According to Israeli media, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement issued a statement that, “We praise the courageous operation at Za’tara checkpoint. We consider it a message in the name of the entire Palestinian people that Jerusalem is a red line and harming the holy places will cause an explosion of anger in the face of the occupation”.

Yehuda was from Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC

Sa’id Yousef Mohammad Odah

May 5th, 2021: Sa’id Yousef Mohammad Odah, 16, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers who were invading Sa’id’s village. Israeli forces invaded the village of Odla, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, and began firing live ammunition at local youth who were protesting the Israeli closure of his village for the past three days, and of many villages and towns in the northern West Bank.

Sa’id was known in his town as a very skilled soccer player. He played for the Balata Youth Football League, and competed in different parts of the West Bank (when the Israeli occupation would allow). Soccer matches for Palestinian athletes living under Israeli martial law are frequently stopped by the Israeli military, or teams are prevented from traveling for matches.

Since a drive-by shooting on Sunday in which three Israeli colonial settlers were wounded (one later died of his wounds), Israeli forces conducted a massive manhunt which shut down the daily lives and activities of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who live in the area. Many were prevented from leaving home, prevented from going to work or school, and forced to wait in lines at ‘flying checkpoints’ for many hours at a time.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Sa’id was shot with a live round by Israeli forces, while another young man was shot with a rubber-coated steel round and taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus.

The Israeli forces who shot Sa’id then prevented Palestinian medics from reaching the scene. The soldiers dragged his body into a military vehicle and took him to an unknown destination – likely a military base. He was not given medical treatment, and his body was only returned to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society after his death.

It is unknown if he would have survived his injuries if he had been allowed to receive proper medical care at the scene.

Israeli forces frequently detain the Palestinians they have injured and killed, and prevent them from receiving medical care. This denial of medical care is

Sa’id was from the northern West Bank village of Odla. Source: IMEMC

Atef Yousef Hanaisha

March 19th, 2021: Atef Yousef Hanaisha, 45, the Imam of the local mosque, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers who fired a live round in his head while he was participating in a peaceful demonstration in his village, Beit Dajan.

The protest was in defense of Palestinian-owned land which is under the threat of confiscation.

The army opened fire toward Palestinian civilians exercising their right to protest with live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, and teargas to suppress the march, which was organized to reject the Israeli occupation’s continued expropriation of Palestinian-owned land.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that they rushed the severely injured man to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he was soon pronounced dead due to his of his serious wounds.

It is worth mentioning that Hanaisha worked as a carpenter with his brother, however, he also spent the last twenty years of his life as a volunteer Imam of the local mosque.

Atef was from Beit Dajan, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Bilal Adnan Rawajba

November 4th, 2020: Bilal Adnan Rawajba, 29, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while driving his car near the Huwwara checkpoint, in the northern part of the West Bank. Bilal was a married father of an infant girl, only three months of age.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from approaching the vehicle he was driving, despite his serious wounds, and he bled to death.

It is worth mentioning that Bilal was a captain, working as a legal Counselor with the Palestinian Preventative Security Department in the Tubas governorate, in northeastern West Bank.

He was shot, on Wednesday morning, near Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

The Maan News Agency published a photo from the incident showing the Palestinian still in the driver seat when he was shot by the soldiers who fired a barrage of live rounds at him.

Several shots, fired by the soldiers, could be heard in a video captured by a Palestinian while waiting in a car near the roadblock.

In a brief statement, the Israeli army said its soldiers foiled what it described as “an attempted shooting attack” by “neutralizing the attacker,” and added that no soldiers were hurt.

In addition, the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the army claiming the Palestinian fired two shots at the soldiers before they fired back and killed him.

The army closed the military roadblock after the incident, preventing the Palestinians from crossing.

It is important to note that numerous incidents have been documented in which Israeli soldiers have falsely claimed that Palestinians held weapons or fired on them, in order to attempt to justify killings in which unarmed Palestinians were shot and killed by heavily armed Israeli solders.

— First Published on Nov 4, 2020, at 11:46

Bilal was from Iraq at-Tayeh village, east of Nablus, in northern West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Islam Dwaikat

April 1, 2020: Islam Dwaikat, 22, died of wounds sustained when he was shot by Israeli forces during a protest last month.

Palestinian medical sources in the West Bank city of Nablus pronounced Islam dead on Wednesday April 1st, and said he was wounded by Israeli troops that opened fire at Palestinian protesters during an Israeli invasion of Beita town, south of Nablus city, in the northern West Bank.

The Mayor of Beita town, Fo’ad Ma’ali, told local media outlets that on March 11, the youth was struck with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and has remained in a deep coma at a local hospital.

Massive protests took place last month, between Israeli troops and local residents in the al-‘Arma Mountain when locals intercepted colonial Israeli settlers, en-route to the Palestinian-populated area.

Israeli forces reacted by firing tear-gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition at Palestinians protecting their land.

The Israeli crackdown on the protests claimed the life of a teen boy, Mohammad Hamayel, 15 and caused the injury of 112 other protesters, mainly by rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas inhalation injuries.

Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, have been constantly storming the mountain and attempting to control an archaeological historical site above its summit.

Illegal Israeli settlements, that surround and isolate Palestinian villages, towns, and cities stand as flashpoints for violent confrontations between the indigenous Palestinian population and illegal settlers not to mention the occupation army.

Islam was from the Nablus district, in the northern West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Abdul-Karim Hamayel

March 11, 2020: Mohammad Abdul-Karim Hamayel, 15, was killed by Israeli soldiers, and 112 wounded, as the Israeli army cracked down on protesters at the al-‘Arma Mountain, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the child, Mohammad Abdul-Karim Hamayel, 15, was shot with an expanding bullet in the head, and he was rushed to a local hospital before succumbing to his serious wounds.

Tarif Ashour, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry, said at least thirteen Palestinians were rushed to Rafidia governmental hospital, including another child, seventeen years of age, who was shot with two rubber-coated steel bullets in his head, before he was rushed to surgery, and remains in critical condition.

Shortly afterward, the soldiers shot two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets in their heads, causing hemorrhaging in the brain; one of them remains in life-threatening condition.

In addition, a journalist working for the Palestinian TV, identified as Bakr Abdul-Haq, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his lead, and at least thirteen other residents were shot with similar rounds.

The total number of injuries stood at more than 112 Palestinians in the past two days — among them 90 who suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and eighteen who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers also abducted at least three young men, after more than 40 additional military vehicles invaded the area.

The protests are still ongoing as more soldiers and fanatic illegal colonists continue to flock to the mountain and prevented many Palestinian ambulances from approaching it.

The head of the Beita Fuad Maali Village Council told Wafa reporters that scores of illegal Israeli colonists began storming the mountain last night and are still in the place, explaining that hundreds of Palestinian citizens remain stationed on the mountain to repel their invasion.

Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities, said that there have been calls by colonists to storm the mountain, in an attempt to control an archaeological historical site above its summit, and install an illegal colony after occupying the entire Palestinian Mountain.

February 28th protest at Jabal al-Arma

 

It is reported that the residents of the village, and the neighboring towns and villages, responded to previous attempts by the settlers to storm the top of the mountain two weeks ago.

Mohammad was from the Nablus district, in the northern West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Bassam al-Sayyeh

September 8th, 2019: Bassam al-Sayyeh, 47, died in an Israeli prison, due to medical negligence, according to the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.

Al-Sayyeh, 47, was detained on August 10, 2015, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2011 and blood cancer in 2013.

The commission held the Israeli government fully responsible for the racist crimes committed against Palestinians, including the physical and psychological torture and medical negligence of prisoners, among other violations, calling for an investigation into these crimes.

His wife, a former political prisoner, identified as Mona Hayes, said that she has been barred from visiting him for the last two years.

She added that he started suffering from various serious health conditions four years ago and never received specialized medical care, and over the past year, Bassam suffered serious health issues, and was hospitalized in Israel hospitals, then to Ramla hospital.

His latest setback resulted in clinical death due to renal failure and Kidney failure, due to the lack of adequate and profession medical treatment.

The Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported that the detainee also”received chemotherapy by incompetent physicians and lost his life due to pulmonary edema, cirrhosis and cardiac failure.”

His lawyer tried to get Israeli courts to release him so that he can receive specialized medical care in Palestine or abroad, but all appeals were denied.

Former political prisoner, Khader Adnan from Arraba near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, who held extended hunger strike while in Israeli prisons and faced near death conditions, said the death of Sayeh requires real solidarity and action to expose the Israeli crimes against the detainees, and the seriously escalating violations, and warned that without such an action, this death will not be the last.

The death of al-Sayyeh brings the number of Palestinian prisoners who died in Israeli jails since 1967 to 221 prisoners.

At least 700 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails suffer from serious health conditions, 160 of whom are in need of urgent medical follow-up.

Palestinians have accused the Israeli authorities of failing to provide proper medical treatment, or of delaying treatment to ill prisoners, causing a deterioration in their health.

According to Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights organization, “in regard to adequate medical attention and treatment, Article 91 [of the Fourth Geneva Convention] emphasizes that “every place of internment shall have an adequate infirmary…” and that “Internees may not be prevented from presenting themselves to the medical authority for examination.”

In addition to this article, Article 92 asserts that “Medical inspections of internees shall be made at least once a month…”. It is evident that the withholding of treatment, or access to a medical professional, is a violation of these specific provisions, and therefore a violation of international humanitarian law.”

Bassam was from the northern West Bank district of Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan

raed hamdanMarch 20, 2019: Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan, 21, was killed by Israeli forces who shot him, along with Zeid Emad Nouri, 20, while in their vehicle near Joseph’s Tomb, in Nablus city, northern occupied West Bank. After the soldiers shot the two men, an Israeli army bulldozer proceeded to climb over and crush the vehicle they were in.

The two men, identified as Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan, 21, and Zeid Emad Nouri, 20, were left without treatment as paramedics were blocked by Israeli forces from approaching them.

Local medical sources confirmed that soldiers killed the two youth in cold blood, and walked over their vehicle while they were inside it.

Palestinians announced a general strike in Nablus, following the shooting.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics rushed to the scene, but the soldiers stopped them, and refused to allow them to reach the two Palestinians, before the army moved their corpses to Huwwara military base, south of Nablus.

The PRCS added that the soldiers also opened fire at dozens of Palestinians, protesting the death of the two young men, and shot at least 12 with rubber-coated steel bullets, one with shrapnel, in addition to at least fifteen who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.It added that the soldiers handed the bodies of the two Palestinians to its medics, on Wednesday morning.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes and occupied rooftops to use them as firing posts and military towers. The Israeli army claimed that a Molotov cocktail was reportedly hurled at the soldiers from a speeding car near Joseph’s Tomb area, in Nablus, before the soldiers opened fire, killing the two Palestinians.

In related news, the soldiers killed, on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man, identified as Omar Abu Laila, 19, who is suspected of killing two Israeli, last Sunday; the Palestinian was killed after the soldiers surrounded a home, and exchanged fire with him in Abwein village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Also in Ramallah the soldiers invaded Beit Sira village, west of the city, and shot a young man, identified as Abdullah Mohammad Abu Safiyya, 21, with two live rounds in the leg and shoulder.

The soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, identified as Samir Mahmoud ‘Aassi, 22, from Beit Liqya town, west of Ramallah.

Ra’ed was from Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Zeid Emad Nouri

March 20, 2019:  Zeid Emad Nouri, 20, was killed by Israeli forces who shot him, along with Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan, 21, while in their vehicle near Joseph’s Tomb, in Nablus city, northern occupied West Bank. After the soldiers shot the two men, an Israeli army bulldozer proceeded to climb over and crush the vehicle they were in.

The two men, identified as Ra’ed Hashem Hamdan, 21, and Zeid Emad Nouri, 20, were left without treatment as paramedics were blocked by Israeli forces from approaching them.

Local medical sources confirmed that soldiers killed the two youth in cold blood, and walked over their vehicle while they were inside it.

Palestinians announced a general strike in Nablus, following the shooting.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics rushed to the scene, but the soldiers stopped them, and refused to allow them to reach the two Palestinians, before the army moved their corpses to Huwwara military base, south of Nablus.

The PRCS added that the soldiers also opened fire at dozens of Palestinians, protesting the death of the two young men, and shot at least 12 with rubber-coated steel bullets, one with shrapnel, in addition to at least fifteen who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.It added that the soldiers handed the bodies of the two Palestinians to its medics, on Wednesday morning.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes and occupied rooftops to use them as firing posts and military towers. The Israeli army claimed that a Molotov cocktail was reportedly hurled at the soldiers from a speeding car near Joseph’s Tomb area, in Nablus, before the soldiers opened fire, killing the two Palestinians.

In related news, the soldiers killed, on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man, identified as Omar Abu Laila, 19, who is suspected of killing two Israeli, last Sunday; the Palestinian was killed after the soldiers surrounded a home, and exchanged fire with him in Abwein village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Also in Ramallah the soldiers invaded Beit Sira village, west of the city, and shot a young man, identified as Abdullah Mohammad Abu Safiyya, 21, with two live rounds in the leg and shoulder.

The soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, identified as Samir Mahmoud ‘Aassi, 22, from Beit Liqya town, west of Ramallah.

Zeid was from Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Yasser Hamed Eshteyya

February 8, 2019: Yasser Hamed Eshteyya, 36, died in the Israeli prison of Beersheba (Be’er as-Sabe’) due to a lack of adequate medical treatment.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee reported that Yasser was serving a life term in Israeli prison after he was convicted of a criminal charge in 2009.

Israeli sources said Eshteyya was found dead in his cell, and the Israeli Prison Authority “initiated an investigation into his death.”

His death just came two days after another political prisoner, identified as Fares Baroud, 51, from Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza, died due to the lack of medical treatment.

Yasser was from Tal village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Source: IMEMC