Ameer Omar Shehada

March 10, 2018: Ameer Omar Shehada, 22, was shot in the chest and killed by Israeli forces in the eastern area of ‘Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Medical sources at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus said that Ameer was rushed to surgery after suffering a gunshot injury in his chest, but died from his serious wounds.

The fatal shooting took place after a group of extremist Israeli colonizers invaded the Palestinian village, where they clashed with local youth.

Shortly afterwards, dozens of soldiers invaded the town to secure the withdrawal of the Israeli colonizers, and started firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, while many of them hurled stones at the soldiers.

One child, 14 years of age, was shot with a live round in his thigh, while many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

On the same evening, dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, after several Israeli army jeeps invaded the city.

On Friday evening, the soldiers killed a young Palestinian man, identified as Mohammad Zeid al-Ja’bari, 24, after shooting him with a live round in his chest.

Mohammad, who was deaf and could not speak, was shot in the Bab az-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Ameer was from ‘Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Source: IMEMC.

Khaled Waleed Tayeh

February 06, 2018: Khaled Waleed Tayeh, 22, was killed by Israeli soldiers who invaded Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Khaled was shot with a live round in the chest and died shortly after being rushed to the an-Najah Hospital in Nablus.

During the invasion, the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds at random, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the soldiers also injured 110 Palestinians, including 32 who were shot with live ammunition, 26 with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 51 who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

It added that the soldiers also rammed one Palestinian with their jeep, causing moderate wounds.

The head of the an-Najah National Hospitals, Salim al-Haj Yahia, said one of the wounded Palestinians, identified as Anwar Abu Aisha, was instantly rushed to surgery after an Israeli bullet severed the main artery in his thigh, and added that his condition is very serious.

The escalation started after dozens of soldiers invaded the Northern Mountain area, in Nablus, apparently looking for the Palestinian who killed an Israeli settler, identified as Itamar Ben Gal, 29, Monday.

Undercover forces surrounded two homes but were unable to locate and arrest the man they were reportedly looking for, and instead abducted seven Palestinians, not involved in the fatal stabbing.

The Israeli army said it was unable to arrest the “suspected stabber,” and claimed that the soldiers were “attacked by more than 500 young Palestinian men, who hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at them.”

Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers also arrested several Palestinians during the invasion and moved them to a nearby military base. Khaled was from Iraq-Tayeh village, near Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Ali Omar Qeino

January 11, 2018: Ali Omar Nimir Qeino, 16, was killed by an Israeli soldier after the army fired live rounds at Palestinians who intercepted an attack carried out by Israeli colonialist settlers into Iraq-Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources in Nablus said many armed Israeli colonialist settlers infiltrated into the village and attacked several Palestinians, before locals intercepted them and forced them out.

Israeli soldiers then invaded the village and fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades and gas bombs at the Palestinians.

Ali was shot with a live round in the head, before he was rushed to Nablus Specialized Hospital, where he died from his serious head injury. Locals said Qeino was shot by an Israeli army sharp-shooter.

On the same day, the soldiers killed a child, identified as Amir Abdul-Hamid Abu Mosa’ed, 16, with a live round in his chest, and injured three others, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

A day before Ali’s death, Israeli soldiers placed concrete blocks at the western entrance of the town, and installed a military roadblock, close to where he was shot dead. Ali was from Iraq-Burin, south of Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Raziel Shevach

January 9, 2018: Raziel Shevach, 35, an Israeli settler, was shot and killed Tuesday while driving near a colonial outpost, near Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Dr. Guy Elad, a doctor at the Meir Medical Center, told their reporter that the victim “arrived at the hospital without a pulse, with no breath and no life signals.

“He was rushed to the trauma room, where advanced resuscitation actions were performed and unfortunately despite our efforts his death was determined.”

The gunman or gunmen who fired the fatal shots fled the scene, and Israeli forces have locked down all nearby Palestinian villages and towns, preventing Palestinian civilians from going anywhere outside their homes.

The soldiers are also conducting house-to-house searches in the town of Jit, which is the town whose land was illegally annexed by Israel, to construct the Israeli settler-only road, and the colonialist outpost of Havat Gilad.

In addition, the Israeli military has closed the entrances to the city of Nablus, and are preventing all entry and exit from the city. The closure wreaked havoc on the evening commute for students and workers, many of whom were forced to remain in their workplaces or schools overnight after being prevented from returning home.

Shevach, who lived in Havat Gilad, was driving on Route 60, which is a major Israeli highway constructed on Palestinian land in the West Bank, when he was shot at by a passing vehicle. Palestinians are forbidden from driving on Route 60 without first obtaining hard-to-get Israeli permits.

Even with permits, Palestinian drivers are frequently subjected to stops and seizures of their vehicles and licenses by Israeli police and soldiers when they drive on Route 60 and other colonial Israeli byways.

Abu Obeida, the spokesperson of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said the “Nablus shooting is the first retaliation with live fire, and comes to remind the enemy, and those who support it, that what is coming is much bigger – what you fear is yet to come, the West Bank will remain a dagger in your abdomen.”

Following the fatal shooting, the Israeli army imposed a strict siege on all villages and towns in the Nablus governorate, and invaded many villages, including Sorra, Iraq-Burin, and all southern areas, including New Nablus, al-Makhfiyya, before initiating extensive searches and confiscated surveillance tapes and equipment.

The army deployed a large number of soldiers in Nablus, in addition to calling for more military units to operate in the governorate, in preparation for a massive invasion and military operations.

Israeli media outlets said that the military received orders for carrying out a large-scale military operation, inside many villages and towns, in Nablus.

Meanwhile, dozens of colonist settlers closed Yitzhar road, while dozens more gathers at the Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus, before throwing rocks at dozens of Palestinian cars.

Palestinian medical sources said a young man from ‘Awarta village, suffered various cuts and bruises after being attacked by Israeli settlers.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army have killed 32 Palestinians, including two children, since early October 2017. Shevach is the first Israeli casualty since then.

Raziel was from Gilad, an Israeli outpost near Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC.

Dalal Theeb Lulah

December 29, 2017: Dalal Theeb Lulah, 9, died at an Israeli military roadblock south of Nablus when Israeli forces prevented her from reaching the hospital while she was suffering a respiratory attack.

On 29 December 2017 at approximately 3:00 pm, Dalal started having shortness of breath. This recurring condition, related to her cerebral atrophy that was diagnosed at age three, requires her family to immediately transfer her to a hospital in Nablus city.

Accordingly, her mother, grandmother, father, and uncle immediately left the house with her, and seven minutes later, the family arrived to the checkpoint at the northern entrance of ‘Awarta.

An Israeli military jeep had blocked the road and five fully armed soldiers were standing near the gate at the checkpoint which was shut. Several cars had attempted to enter the village, but they were unable to, due to the closing of the gate.

Dalal’s uncle, Yasser As’ad Lulah, 41, who was driving the car, decided to approach the soldiers. The soldiers immediately pointed their machine guns at the car, which was approximately 15 meters away.

Yasser responded by waving at the soldiers to approach the car. Yasser explained to one of the soldiers Dalal’s condition and the need to transfer her to hospital immediately. The soldier responded that they were not allowed to pass through the gate. The family repeatedly pleaded with the soldiers to no avail.

Approximately half an hour later, Yasser decided to try the Huwwara checkpoint at the southern entrance of ‘Awarta. At Huwwara, confrontations had erupted between the Israeli soldiers and the Palestinian youth. There was tear gas and congested traffic. Dozens of cars had lined up to try and cross the checkpoint into Nablus. However, Israeli military jeeps had blocked the road about 50 meters from the checkpoint.

After an hour of waiting at the closed checkpoint, trying to convince the soldiers to allow their car to pass, the family managed to cross Huwwara checkpoint and headed towards the Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus. By then, Dalal had lost consciousness and white foam was coming out of her mouth.

She was admitted to the emergency room where doctors tried to resuscitate her in vain. The doctors stated that Dalal had died about an hour before arriving to the hospital. After announcing her death, the Palestinian authorities carried out an autopsy which is expected in the coming two weeks.

Dalal was unable to have access to medical assistance due to Israel’s establishment of checkpoints and road closures. While restrictions on freedom of movement impact all Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories. In Dalal’s case, her rights to the highest attainable standard of health and her right to life were both violated.

These rights are enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),4 the Convention on the Rights of the Child5 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

As the Occupying Power, Israel is obliged to respect, protect, and fulfil the right of the protected population in its jurisdiction to the highest attainable standard of health. Israel is required to facilitate access to all medical service and attention in time of sickness.

Al Haq Human Rights Center issued a statement following Dalal’s death describing the discriminatory policies and practices on the ground against Palestinians, which limit and often deny access to medical care and health facilities. The Center reported that Israel repeatedly denied Palestinians, including children and adolescents, from accessing health care, resulting in their death.

Dalal was from ‘Awarta, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Mahmoud Odeh

November 30, 2017: Mahmoud Za’al Odeh, 46, was killed by an Israeli settler, after a group of settlers attacked Palestinian villagers on their lands, in Qusra village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Emad Jamil, a member of Qusra Village Council, said the attack was carried out by approximately 20 settlers who came from the illegal “Yesh Kod” outpost, which was built on private Palestinian lands, and assaulted the Palestinian and his family, before one of them shot Mahmoud.

The settlers also shot another Palestinian identified as Fayez Fathi Hasan, 47, with a live round in his leg.

Jamil added that the bullet exited through the Mahmoud’s chest, before the villagers tried to rescue him and move him to a hospital, but Israeli soldiers stopped them at Za’tara military roadblock for at least 30 minutes, and he bled to death.

Following his death, the soldiers allowed the Palestinians to pass, but again stopped them at Huwwara military roadblock, before taking his body from them, and moving it to their nearby Israeli army base.

After killing the Palestinian, the settlers fled to a nearby cave, and barricaded themselves there, until dozens of soldiers invaded the area, and surrounded the town, before removing them and taking them away.

“The colony where the Israeli assailants reside is nearly 15 kilometers away from the Odeh’s land,” Jamil said, “It is clear they infiltrated the area, close to many Palestinian homes, with one goal in mind, to commit murder – there have been many attacks by colonists in this area, including the burning, cutting and uprooting of trees.”

He also stated that, several years ago, Odeh built a small hut on his 7-Dunam land, and received many threats from the settlers, in addition to being repeatedly assaulted, while working on his land.

Hours after the fatal Israeli attack, dozens of settlers and soldiers invaded Qusra, before the army shot and seriously wounded one Palestinian in his pelvis, and injured many others, while the settlers also smashed the front shield and one of the windows of a Palestinian ambulance, wounding the driver in his eye.

The Palestinian Red Crescent identified the injuries among the Palestinians as:

  • Two were shot with live rounds in the pelvis, and the leg.
  • Two were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  • Two were assaulted and beaten by soldiers and settlers.
  • One ambulance driver wounded in his eye.
  • Scores of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

 

Mahmoud was from Qusra village, near Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Mo’taz Shamsa

May 18, 2017: Mo’taz Hussein Bani Shamsa, 23, was killed by a live round fired by an Israeli settler in Huwwara Palestinian town, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, during a procession in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners holding hunger strike since April 17th.

The settler also shot a Palestinian cameraman, identified as Majdi Eshteyya, causing moderate wounds, and mildly injured three Palestinians after ramming them with his car.

The death of the Palestinian led to clashes between dozens of local youth and Israeli soldiers, who also closed Huwwara road.

Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized.

Some Israeli media agencies claimed that the settler “survived a lynching,” and quoted him alleging he opened fire on the protesters, after “he felt that his life was in danger,” also quoting his wife alleging he “was forced to shoot.”

In a Press Release, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights denounced the killing of the Palestinian civilian, and said that its investigations revealed that the settler passed several cars with high speed and attempted to run over some protesters.

It added that a Palestinian ambulance driver then stopped the settler, who instantly took his gun out and started shooting at the protesters, hitting Mo’taz in the head.

The settler is from the illegal Jewish-only Itamar settlement, built on confiscated Palestinian land southeast of Nablus. The Israeli Police said he was taken in for questioning, and confirmed that he is not a “criminal suspect.” Mo’taz was from Beita town, east of Nablus.  Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Ghazal

April 1, 2017: Ahmad Zaher Fathi Ghazal, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli police officers near Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem after he stabbed and mildly injured two Israeli settlers and moderately wounded a police officer who was chasing him. He ran to to hide in a residential building before being shot. An eyewitness said, “They could have detained him — he was surrounded by a large number of soldiers. But they executed him.” The Israeli army and police closed Bab al-‘Amoud, leading to the Sahera Gate and the al-Waad Street in Jerusalem, called for reinforcement, and imposed a tight siege in the area, preventing Palestinians and journalists from entering. Clashes later took place in the area and Israeli soldiers detained 20 Palestinians, including 17 merchants, and forced all Palestinian stores to close. Ahmad was from Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Rabea’ Salman

February 28, 2017: Rabea’ Najeh Salman, 20, was killed after falling into a deep quarry when Israeli soldiers chased him and several other workers after they tried to climb the Separation Wall to cross into Israel for work. The quarry he fell in was at least 50 meters (164 feet) deep which led to his instant death. Palestinian medics rushed to the scene after receiving a call about the incident, but he died from the fall, and was officially pronounced dead before the ambulance even reached Rafidia governmental hospital in Nablus. Rabea’ was from Askar refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad al-Jallad

February 10, 2017: Mohammad Amer al-Jallad, 24, died from serious wounds he suffered on November 9, 2016 when Israeli soldiers shot him at Huwwara military roadblock near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. He allegedly had attempted to stab them. The Palestinian was moved to an Israeli hospital where he remained in a critical condition until his death. He also suffered lymphoma cancer that went untreated after his serious injury, causing serious complications. Mohammad was from Tulkarem in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC