Jamil Abu Ayyash

December 10, 2021: Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31, was killed by Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the illegal Israeli colonies in Beita town, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The head of the Emergency and Ambulance Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Ahmad Jibril, told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that the army opened live fire at non-violent protesters on Sbeih Mountain, killing Jamil Abu Ayyash, and causing at least sixty-eight cases of inhalation injuries from tear gas.

He added that the slain young man was shot with a live round in the head with a live round, and was transferred by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to his critical wounds shortly after arrival.

Palestinian youths have been protesting for months in rejection of Israel’s expansion of its illegal colonies, especially when Israeli colonizers occupied the top of the mountain and installed the illegal “Avitar” colonialist outpost.

Earlier in the day, soldiers accompanied bulldozers that razed a power network and roads leading to the protest site, in addition to uprooting olive trees on Palestinian-owned lands.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affair and Ex-Patriates issued a statement denouncing the killing of Abu Ayyash and called The Human Rights Council’s International Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, to investigate his death and all Israeli crimes and violations.

It said that the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters is a war crime, and a crime against humanity, and is yet another proof that Israel does not seek peace and is ongoing with its hostile policies against the Palestinian people and any treaty or resolution that would result in real and comprehensive peace based on international legitimacy resolutions.

It also called on the International Criminal Court to open an immediate inquiry into the escalating Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people, their property, and their holy sites.

The Ministry urged the International Community to provide the urgently needed protection to the Palestinian people and to end its idleness by prosecuting those who commit these crimes against unarmed civilians and their property.

It is worth mentioning that the funeral ceremony of the slain young man was held in his town, with the participation of hundreds of Palestinians, including social figures.

Jamil is the ninth Palestinian to be killed in Beita since the protests against the annexation of Sbeih Mountain started after the colonizers occupied it in May of this year, 2021.

Jamil was from Beita town, southeast of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Solomon Gabrieh

September 26, 2017: Solomon Gabrieh, 20, was killed by a Palestinian man who opened fire at soldiers and security officers in Har Hadar Israeli settlement, northwest of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian man, identified as Nimir Mahmoud Jamal, 37, from Beit Surik village, northwest of Jerusalem, was killed by Israeli fire, after he killed Salomon, along with security guards Youssef Othman a Palestinian from Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, and Or Arish, 25, from Har Adar.

The Israeli army said that its initial investigation revealed that the Palestinian arrived at the rear entrance of the settlement, along with a group of Palestinian workers, before he carried out the attack.

The army added that the Border Guards ordered the Palestinian to stop after suspecting him, and that he then pulled out a concealed gun and opened fire, killing the three officers and wounding two Israelis, including the security coordinator of Har Hadar settlement, who suffered serious injuries.

The other wounded Israeli, a 32-year-old man was seriously injured, but the doctors at Hadassah Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem said his wounds were not live threatening.

Israeli soldiers and Border Police forces encircled the Beit Surik and nearby areas, in the aftermath of the shooting and enforced a curfew in Beit Surik.

Solomon, a First Sgt. with the border police, was from Be’er Yaakov town, in central Israel. Source: IMEMC

Elad Salomon

July 21, 2017: Elad Salomon, 36, was killed by a Palestinian who infiltrated into his home in Halamish Israeli settlement, north of Ramallah in the West Bank, and stabbed him, along with his father, Yosef Solomon, 46, and his sister, Chaya Salomon, 36.

His mother was still receiving treatment at Shaare Zedek Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem, until the time of this report.

The family was celebrating the birth of a grandson when the attack took place in their home, located on the edge on the settlement.

The Palestinian, identified as Omar al-‘Abed, from Kobar village, near Ramallah, was shot by a neighbor, before he hospitalized, and was later handed to the Israeli military for interrogation.

Although the Israeli military and security services believe the Palestinian identifies with Hamas, they do not believe he was an active member with the movement, and acted alone, carrying out an attack that was motivated by the rising tension in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem. Elad was from Halamish settlement, in the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Ali Taqatqa

Ali Taqatqa

March 17, 2016: Ali Jamal Taqatqa, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers near Ariel Israeli settlement in the northern part of the West Bank, after the soldiers shot him, along with Ali Abdul-Rahman Thawabta, 20, when they reportedly stabbed and a soldier, inflicting moderate to severe wounds. The soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from approaching them, causing them to bleed to death. Ali was from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. Source: Electronic Intifada

Ali al-Kar

Ali Thawabta

March 17, 2016: Ali Abdul-Rahman al-Kar, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers near Ariel Israeli settlement in the northern part of the West Bank, after the soldiers shot him, along with Ali Jamal Taqatqa, 19, when they reportedly stabbed and a soldier, inflicting moderate to severe wounds. The soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from approaching them, causing them to bleed to death. Ali was from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. Source: Electronic Intifada

Tuvia Weissman

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February 16, 2016:
Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, was killed by two Palestinian teens who stabbed him in a supermarket in the illegal Jewish-only settlement of Sha’ar Binyamin in the West Bank. Another Israeli man was seriously injured. Tuvia was an off-duty soldier of the Nahal Brigade and was from the settlement of Ma’ale Michmas. Source: Haaretz

Hadar Buchris

Nov 22, 2015: Hadar Buchris, 21, was killed in a stabbing attack, near the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Maan News Agency that, after the Palestinian stabbed the woman at the Gush Etzion junction, ‘the soldiers on site responded to the imminent threat and shot the attacker, resulting in his death.’

Hadar was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem where she was pronounced dead. A spokesperson for the hospital said: ‘She was brought to the hospital almost dead.’

The Palestinian who stabbed the woman, was identified as 34-year-old Issam Ahmad Thawabta from Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem district, was fatally shot by the soldiers.

A Maan reporter who was in the area during the attack said that he witnessed dozens of Israeli soldiers rushing to the hitchhiking station for Israeli settlers at the Gush Etzion junction, firing gunshots.

The soldiers then shut down the main bypass road known as Route 60.

Thawabta was the third Palestinian to be killed that day after two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli settlers in two separate incidents on Sunday morning.

A Palestinian taxi driver was shot and killed by a settler near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim in the central West Bank after he ran into another car on a main road, and allegedly got out ‘with a knife in his hand,’ Israeli police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a prominent Israeli settler ran over a 16-year-old Palestinian girl near Nablus, saying that he believed she intended to carry out a stabbing attack at Huwwara military roadblock.

After she was hit by the car, another Israeli settler then shot her multiple times while she was lying on the ground.

The teenager was identified as Ashraqat Taha Ahmad Qatanani from Nablus, while Israeli media identified the man who ran her over as Gershon Mesika, the former head of the ‘Samaria regional council,’ which represents Israel’s illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.

After running the girl over with his car and driving into a ditch, Mesika got out of his car and shot the girl. Israeli forces also opened fire on her.

More than 90 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of October — many shot dead under circumstances that rights groups said that Israeli forces used unnecessary force — while at least 16 Israelis have been killed in the same period.

The Gush Etzion junction in particular has been the site of several deadly encounters, including a shooting attack on Thursday that resulted in the death of two Israelis and one Palestinian bystander, and the injury of ten others.

In response, Israeli officials agreed on Thursday to increase security measures inside the settlement bloc, including increased restrictions on the movement of Palestinians.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that the measures could include the temporary restriction of movement of Palestinians in the area, the deployment of extra Israeli security forces, and the construction of a ‘fence’ along certain roads.

The measures come after a meeting between the Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli army’s chief of staff, and the mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, an administrative body for illegal settlements in the area.

The regional council also urged settlers who own firearms to voluntarily accompany children on school buses to assist as first responders after attacks.

Hadar was Safed. Source: Ynet News, IMEMC