Mohammad Tareq dar Yousef

July 26, 2018: Mohammad Tareq dar Yousef, 17, was shot and killed by an armed paramilitary Israeli settler after he allegedly stabbed three Israeli paramilitary settlers, killing one.

Mohammad allegedly managed to climb over the fence into the illegal Israeli settlement of Geva Binyamin, which had been built on stolen Palestinian land which was taken from his village, Kobar, near Ramallah. He then stabbed three people before he was shot and killed.

A 31-year old Israeli colonial settler was killed, identified as Yotam Ovadia. Another unnamed Israeli settler, age 50, was put in critical condition with stab wounds to the upper body, according to Israeli media sources.

Before going to the settlement to carry out the attack, the young Palestinian wrote on his Facebook page, “After all of the injustice the Palestinians continue to face: the killing, the diaspora, the theft of land by force, this injustice still prevails, and many Palestinians are silent – including those who have weapons, and are watching the massacres. Those are the traitors.”

He goes on to say, “You [Palestinians] who own a weapon, remember this is for your enemy, not for use against your own people. Remember the children of Gaza, suffering and dying.” The statement ends, “A salute to the people who defend their land and their honor. And to those who sold their land and betrayed their country, those cowards, you must be ashamed of yourselves. The people of Gaza and Jerusalem are resisting, and you are trying to silence them.”

Dozens of soldiers in armored vehicles surrounded and invaded Kobar, near Ramallah, in the hours following this incident. Protests broke out in the village, and some teens threw stones at the invading soldiers.

The troops invaded Mohammad’s home, surrounding it and demanding that the family leave. It is unknown at the time of this report if the soldiers are planning to carry out a punitive demolition of the alleged assailant’s home, but this is a known and common practice by the Israeli military.

Over the past hundred days, Palestinians have been engaging in largely non-violent protests on a weekly basis in Gaza as part of the ‘Great March of Return’, calling for a return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes in what is now Israel, and an end to the siege on Gaza that has strangled the economy of the tiny coastal strip since 2007.

Israeli forces have killed nearly 150 Palestinian demonstrators during this time, and wounded more than 17,000, many with live ammunition. One Israeli was killed in this time period, in May, by a stone slab that fell on him from a building in a Palestinian town he was invading in the West Bank. The Palestinian resistance in Gaza has held its fire in solidarity with the non-violent demonstrators, but this past Friday a firefight broke out and an Israeli soldier and four Palestinian fighters were killed.

Mohammad was from the village of Kobar, near Ramallah in the central part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Laith Abu Na’im

January 30, 2018: Laith Haitham Abu Na’im, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers who invaded the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Medical sources at Ramallah Governmental Hospital said the child was shot with a live round in the head from a close range, causing a serious injury, before he was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his wounds a few hours later.

The child was shot after dozens of soldiers invaded the village, and attacked Palestinian protesters with gas bombs, rubber-coated bullets, concussion grenades and live rounds.

The Israeli army claimed that approximately 30 Palestinians hurled stones and burnt tires when the soldiers “entered” the town, and alleged that the soldiers “did not use live ammunition in dispersing the protesters.”

The army added that it was “launching an investigation into the circumstances which lead to the child’s death,” and alleged that “some protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at the soldiers.”

He is the fourth Palestinian child to be killed by Israeli soldiers this month, January 2018. Laith was from al- Mughayyir village. Source: IMEMC

Mos’ab Tamimi

January 3, 2018: Mos’ab Firas Tamimi, 17, was killed by Israeli soldiers who shot him with a live round in his neck during a protest march in his village of Deir Nitham village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian medical sources said the soldiers shot Mos’ab Firas Tamimi, 17, in his neck, causing very serious wounds, before he was moved to the Istishari Hospital, in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Palestinian was shot after the soldiers invaded Deir Nitham, and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, at Palestinian protesters who were marching in the village. The Israeli army claimed that the Palestinian was shot after the soldiers “noticed he was holding a gun,’ a claim that was never verified.

The army said that the soldiers instantly used live fire against the Palestinians, when they saw the alleged gun.

Mos’ab’s father said that the soldiers had detained a teen who suffers from a mental disability, and that he and other Palestinians went to the soldiers to secure the teen’s release.

He added that he was near the teen when the soldiers shot his son in the neck, from a short distance of 5 – 6 meters, and killed him.

“There were clashes between the youngsters and the soldiers, before the army detained a mentally ill boy, I told the officer that this boy is disabled, but he said – we arrested him, and we want to kill another one,” the father stated, “I turned my car around and returned because wanted to remove the youths when I saw the soldiers’ evil intentions, but when I was 5 to 6 meters away from my son, the soldiers shot him in his neck, and killed him – he was nearly one meter away from the soldier who killed him.”

After killing the teen, the soldiers imposed a strict siege on Deir Nitham, prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it, and cut the power supply to the village.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers continued surrounding the village, apparently preparing for a massive invasion Wednesday night.

Mos’ab was from Deir Nitham village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC.

Mohammad Mousa

October 31, 2017: Mohammad Abdullah Mousa, 25, was killed by Israeli soldiers who fired live rounds at his car, near a military roadblock, close to Halamish Israeli settlement, northwest of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

Mohammad and his sister, Latifah Mousa, 33, were both injured by army fire, but he later died from his serious wounds in Beilinson Israeli Hospital in Petah Tikva.
Mohammad worked odd jobs, while his sister is a married mother of four daughters and a son.

Although the army initially claimed the soldiers opened fire at the car after the driver attempted a “vehicular attack” against them, the Israeli District Coordination office later said the soldiers apparently “accidentally fired at the car.”

The army stated that the soldiers opened fire at the vehicle after it “raised suspicion when it approached the roadblock,” and added that it was investigating the incident.

Mohammad’s sister was transferred to the Istishari Hospital, in Ramallah, and is receiving treatment for gunshot wounds in her shoulder.

Mousa Ballout, one of their cousins said Mohammad didn’t see the military roadblock, and the stop sign leading to it, adding that the soldiers instantly opened fire at the car.

Mousa stated that the Palestinian District Coordination Office was talking to the military to arrange the transfer Mohammad’s corpse back to his family.

Mousa added that the Mohammad was driving to Ramallah to prepare the needed paperwork for his driver’s license, while his sister accompanied him to check out a school for her daughter.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the soldiers obstructed the work of its ambulance crew, before they later managed to transfer the wounded woman to the hospital in Ramallah.

Talking to Israeli online daily Haaretz, Mohammad’s cousin, Kamal Mousa, said the family strongly rejects the military’s allegations, and described them as lies and fabrication, to justify the shooting.

He added that a person who intends to carry out an attack does not bring a family member, such as a sister or a mother, because he knows that he, and those who accompany him, will be seriously hurt, and even killed. Mohammad was from Deir Ballout town, near Salfit, in northwestern West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Amer Tirawi

July 16, 2017: Amer Ahmad Tirawi, 34, was killed by Israeli soldiers who invaded Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah in the West Bank, and exchanged fire with him.

The Israeli army said the Palestinian was suspected of carrying out a shooting attack, a day earlier, near Um Safa Palestinian village and Ateret Israeli settlement, and of another shooting targeting a military post in the area.

According to the army, the first incident took place when Amer reportedly opened fire on a car of an Israeli settler near Ateret settlement, and the second targeted a fortified military base, near Nabi Saleh.

The invasion into Nabi Saleh was carried out by Police SWAT teams, Israeli soldiers and Shin Bet security officers, who were attempting to detain him, after identifying him and his location.

The army claims that the Palestinians was killed when he “attempted to open fire on the soldiers with his homemade weapon,” and that another Palestinian, who was with him, was taken prisoner. Amer was from Kafr Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC

Abdul-Rahman Barghouthi

July 07, 2017: Abdul-Rahman Mahmoud Barghouthi, 18 months, died from the severe effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers invaded Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, and fired many gas bombs.

The toddler was injured in May, before he was moved to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, and was later transferred to Hadassah Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he died from his serious wounds.

Local sources in Aboud said the soldiers invaded the village and attacked Palestinian protesters, before firing dozens of gas bombs at them and many homes, causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Volunteers with the Palestinian Civil Defense said they rushed to the toddler’s home when he was injured, but could not drive to the property after the soldiers stopped their ambulance, an issue that forced them to run to the home, and carry the child all the way back to the ambulance. Abdul-Rahman was from Aboud. Source: IMEMC

Saba’ Obeid

May 12, 2017: Saba’ Nidal Obeid, 22, was killed by an Israeli army sharpshooter who shot him in the heart during a nonviolent procession held in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

The soldiers invaded the village during its weekly nonviolent procession against the Israeli Annexation Wall and illegal Jewish-only settlements. The village residents were also marching in solidarity with the hundreds of Palestinians detainees holding hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

Palestinian physicians and surgeons tried to revive the young man, and instantly moved him to surgery, but he died from his wounds due to the bullet that struck him directly in his heart.

Many Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens suffered the severe effects if teargas inhalation, as a result of the excessive Israeli military use of force against the protesters.

The soldiers also prevented journalists from entering the village, and declared it a “closed military zone,” a measure frequently used by the army to seal and isolate entire Palestinian communities. Nidal was from Salfit, in central West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Fatima Hajiji

May 7, 2017: Fatima Afeef Abdul-Rahman Hajiji, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers and police officers near the entrance of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem after the police claimed she attempted to stab a security officer.

Eyewitnesses said Fatima was standing at least ten meters away from the nearest soldier or officer, and that one of the soldiers started shouting “knife, knife,” before five soldiers fired a barrage of bullets at the her.

Fatima was first shot with several live rounds in the chest, and the soldiers continued to fire at her after she fell onto the ground. Many live rounds also struck a Palestinian Taxi, parked nearby, causing damage and puncturing one of its tires.

Photos of the deceased show that she was shot and killed at quite a distance from the guard post, so even if she had been holding a knife (which is disputed), no security officers were in danger at the time when she was killed.

Following the fatal shooting of the child, the soldiers used pepper-spray against dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area, especially close to Fatima.

The soldiers also assaulted many Palestinians, including children, in Sultan Suleiman Street, causing a child, identified as Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, 9, to fall from a high altitude after mounted officer chased him and many other Palestinians.

Hundreds of soldiers and mounted police officers were deployed in the area, closed many roads and alleys, and forced the Palestinians away.

Fatima was from Qarawat Bani Zeid village near Ramallah, in the central part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Jassem Nakhla

April 10, 2017: Jassem Nakhla, 17, died from serious wounds he suffered on March 23, 2017, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian car near the al-Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah in the West Bank.

His friend, Mohammad Hattab, 17, was instantly killed during the attack, and Jassem had been clinically dead since his injury and was on life support. Their two other friends remain in comas after being shot in the upper body.

The Israeli army claimed its soldiers who were stationed on a fortified military tower had opened fire at the car after its passengers “hurled Molotov cocktails at the tower.”

A witness told Defence for Children International (DCI) that the soldiers opened fire on the car after it stalled near the settlement of Beit El, and added that the 17-year-old driver was shot at after he stepped out of the vehicle. He reentered the car and tried to start it, but it didn’t start, and the soldiers approached the car and opened fire on the four children, according to the witness.

Palestinian government spokesperson Tareq Rishmawi called on the international community to intervene and provide protection to Palestinian people living under the ongoing Israeli occupation, and added that the soldiers have killed six Palestinian children since the beginning of this year. Jassem was from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC

Elichai Taharlev

April 6, 2017: Elichai Taharlev, 20, was killed by a Palestinian driver who crashed into a group of soldiers at the junction of Ofra Israeli settlement, east of Ramallah in the West Bank. One other soldier, 19, was mildly injured in the incident. The Israeli army claimed that the driver, Ahmad Hamed, 23, from Silwad town east of Ramallah, deliberately rammed the two soldiers with his car.

Ahmad was immediately detained at the scene and taken to an Israeli military interrogation facility. Shortly after the incident, Israeli settlers from Ofra blocked the road, and prevented the Palestinian residents from nearby villages from using the road.

Several hours after this incident, the Israeli army invaded Amhad’s family home and detained his father, Malek, 51, and his brother Mousa, 17, while the army’s engineering corps took measurements of the house in preparation for demolishing it at a later date.

Ma’an News reported that Ahmad’s two best friends, Anas Hammad and Mohammad Ayyad, were killed by Israeli forces two weeks apart in December of 2015.

Elichai, a sergeant with the Israeli army, was from Jerusalem. Sources: IMEMC, Ma’an News