Nasser Majed Taqatqa

July 16, 2019: Nasser Majed Taqatqa, 31, died after having been tortured in an Israeli prison and then placed in solitary confinement in Nitzan Israeli Prison.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society reported that the autopsy revealed that Nasser died due to extreme torture and abuse by Israeli interrogators and soldiers.

In its report, the PPS stated that the detainee was constantly tortured during interrogation in Majeddo Israeli prison.

The PPS said the detainee, Nasser Majed Taqatqa, 31, was t abducted on June 19th, 2019, after the soldiers invaded his home in Beit Fajjar town, and was transferred to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility in occupied Jerusalem. This was his first time in Israeli custody.

The detainee was later transferred to the al-Jalama interrogation facility, where he was interrogated and tortured again, and started suffering from serious complications due to physical and psychological abuse.

In addition, sworn testimonies provided by Palestinian detainees who saw Taqatqa, said that he was forced into solitary confinement in Majeddo prison, where he was once again tortured and restrained in a bed.

On July 11th, the administration in Majeddo refused to remove him from solitary confinement, and place him with other detainees, under the pretext of him being punished.

On July 14th, he was moved to an Israeli hospital in al-Ramla due to serious deterioration in his health, and on July 16th, Israel announced his death in a solitary confinement cell in Nitzan (al-Ramla) prison.

Qaddoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the detainee is not the first to be tortured, especially to death, and added that most imprisoned Palestinians are tortured and subjected to very difficult conditions, in addition to being deprived the right to proper medical attention, in direct violation of International Law, and all related agreements and treaties.

It also denied allegations by the Israel Prison Authority about his death and confirmed that the Palestinian did not have any preexisting health conditions.

The PPS held Israel fully responsible for his death, especially while under interrogation, as Palestinian detainees are frequently physically and psychologically tortured, in addition to the very bad living conditions they face, and the lack of medical treatment.

The PPS stated that the death of Taqatqa brings the number of detainees, who were killed or died in Israeli prisons since 1967, to 220.

The International Red Cross sent its condolences to the family and stated that although it does not take part in investigation committees or autopsy, it will be following the case closely with the Israeli authorities and the family.

It added that it is following the detainee’s death with great concern and advised refraining from publishing sensitive information for the privacy of the family.

In a statement, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) called for an immediate and impartial investigation into Taqatqa’s death while in solitary confinement in Nitzan (al-Ramla) Prison.

It quoted his family stating that the detainee did not have any health issues and was a completely healthy young man when he was taken prisoner.

The PCHR said:

According to human rights organizations’ reports followed up by PCHR’s field workers, Israeli forces arrested Taqatqa on 19 June 2019 after raiding his house in Beit Fajjar and taking him to al-Jalamah Center for investigation.

On 09 July 2019, the Israeli forces again raided and searched his family house while he was in prison.  Two weeks after his arrest, the Israeli authorities sent Taqatqa to solitary confinement in “Nitzan” Prison (al-Ramla) in Israel to continue investigating with him.

Lawyer Raji Sourani, PCHR’s Director, commented on that by saying, “Israel has a record of prior incidents which prove Israeli security services’ involvement in torture, inhuman treatment, and deliberate medical negligence against dozens of prisoners as part of an Israeli systematic policy and under legal cover. Taqatqa, as said, did not have any health issues prior to his arrest, so his death during investigation raises suspicions, which urge opening an investigation into possible occurrence of torture and medical negligence.”

Taqatqa’s family said that this was his first arrest, and they knew about his death via media.  Thus, they contacted the lawyer of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Committee to confirm this news.

PCHR emphasizes that living conditions of around 5800 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails continue to deteriorate; 700 of them who suffer chronic diseases and do not receive the adequate healthcare.  PCHR also holds the Israeli government fully responsible for the death of Taqatqa and calls for a prompt and impartial investigation into the death circumstances.

Nasser was from Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC

Tariq Zebania

tariq-zabania-smJuly 15, 2019: Tariq Zebania, 7, was struck and killed by an Israeli settler vehicle while he was riding his bicycle near his village in the southern part of the West Bank, near Hebron.

Tariq was riding his bicycle by the settlement road near his town. He was struck by a car driven by an Israeli settler who headed into the ‘Adhoura’ settlement after hitting the boy.

Eyewitnesses called the Israeli security forces, who sent a military ambulance to transport the child to an Israeli hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Local sources report that no efforts were made by the Israeli authorities to apprehend the driver who killed the boy.

Tariq was from Tarqumia, west of Hebron. Source: IMEMC

Yousef Wajeeh Sohweil

May 31, 2019: Yousef Wajeeh Sohweil, 18, was killed by Israeli police officers in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly stabbed and injured two Israelis, and attempted to attack a police officer.

Israeli sources said the Palestinian came from the West Bank to attend Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Israeli online daily, The Jerusalem Post, said an Israeli man, in his fifties, suffered critical wounds, and added that a teen, 16 years of age, suffered moderate-to-severe wounds.

It quoted the Superintendent of the Israeli Police in Jerusalem Micky Rosenfeld telling its reporter that one Israeli was stabbed and critically injured at Damascus Gate, and that the second Israel was stabbed and moderately injured when the Palestinian managed to make it through the gate to the Old City, before the officers shot him dead.

Following the incident, the Israeli army and police significantly increased their deployment in the Old City, and all areas leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The soldiers started searching hundreds of worshipers, after ordering them out of several buses in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, and forced them to walk a long distance towards the mosque.

It is worth mentioning that this incident took place on the last Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Earlier Friday, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several Palestinians, who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khass and an-No’man, east of Bethlehem.

Yousef was from Abwein village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC

Abdullah Luay Gheith

May 31, 2019: Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Bethlehem while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several Palestinians, who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khass and an-No’man, east of Bethlehem.

The slain Palestinian child was shot with live Israeli military gunfire in his heart, and died instantly after the soldiers shot him.

They added that the soldiers also shot and seriously injured a young man, identified as Mo’men Abu Tbeish, 21, in the same incident.

The seriously wounded young man, from Hadabat al-Fawwar area, near Hebron, was rushed by Palestinian medics to Beit Jala governmental hospital.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers, stationed at Mazmouria military roadblock east of Bethlehem, opened fire at many Palestinians, who were not granted permits to enter occupied Jerusalem, and were trying to enter the city for prayers in Al-Aqsa.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man at Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, while trying to enter Jerusalem for prayers in Al-Aqsa.

Abdullah was from the city of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Omar ‘Awni Younis

April 27, 2019: Omar ‘Awni Abdul-Karim Younis, 20, died from serious wounds he suffered a week earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him at a military roadblock in northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Omar died at the Israeli Beilinson Israeli medical center.

The soldiers, stationed at Za’tara military roadblock, north of Nablus, shot the young man with several rounds of live ammunition, reportedly after he attempted to stab them, and prevented Palestinian medics from approaching him.

No soldiers were injured in the reported incident.

After Omar was shot and seriously wounded, the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee reported that the Israeli Salem military court issued an order, remanding him for seven more days, awaiting interrogation, despite his serious injuries.

It added that Younis was transferred to Beilinson Israeli medical center, where he remained in a very serious condition, hooked to a respiratory machine, until his death several days later.

Omar was from Sanniriya town, south of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Majd Kamil

April 23, 2019: Mohammad Majd Kamil, 22, was killed when Israeli police chased him, in the Arab town of Arrabat al-Bottuf, in northern Israel,Palestinian sources have reported.

Mohammad Majd Kamil, 22, from the town of Qabatia, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, was pronounced dead after falling from a considerable height while Israeli police officers were chasing him.

The young man worked in Israel, as a laborer, and apparently did not carry a work or entry permit.

According to WAFA News, hundreds of Palestinians work illegally in Israel, until Israeli police chase, detain and deport them back to the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank face an unemployment rate of 18-19% according to the World Bank, while in Israel, more jobs are available, with better wages.

Mohammad was from the town of Qabatia, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Source: IMEMC

Fatima Suleiman

April 18, 2019: Fatima Suleiman, 42, was killed near her home in Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, after being rammed by the car of an illegal colonialist Israeli settler.

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli attacker was driving a large truck when he struck the woman’s car, throwing her out of the vehicle. The attacker then ran her over and killed her, before fleeing the scene.

The slain Palestinian woman was a teacher at the Rashayda School.

The Israeli Police did come to the scene, but only to remove all security camera footage from a house overlooking the area where the incident took place.

The incident led to protests, as dozens of residents, mainly youngsters, took to the streets, and hurled stones at the Israeli army jeeps, while the soldiers attacked them with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

The soldiers then detained a Palestinian teen, before handcuffing and blindfolding him, and later shot him from a very close range, after he attempted to escape while he was still cuffed and blindfolded.

The shooting took place following the funeral procession of the Palestinian woman.

A picture was posted on social media showing the young man, who was cuffed and blindfolded trying to run away, before the soldiers shot him.

A video posted on social media (below) shows the teen on the ground when witnesses lifted the teen’s limp body, bleeding heavily, carrying him from the scene, as the Israeli soldier stood pointing the same pistol at another young Palestinian man.

Fatima was from Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Ali Dar Adwan

April 1, 2019: Mohammad Ali Dar Adwan, 23, was shot and killed by Israeli forces who invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, on Monday, and attacked local protesters, wounding at least two other young men.

The Palestinians gathered in the streets and alleys of the refugee camp, and protested the invasion, while several protesters hurled stones at the armored military jeeps.

The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot three young men in the refugee camp, and the al-Matar adjacent neighborhood.

Adwan was near his home when he was shot and killed – it was unclear if he was participating in the protest or not.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said Mohammad ran towards his home due to the intensity of the live rounds fired by the soldiers, but once he approached his home several soldiers were standing right in front of it, and opened fire at him.

WAFA added that the soldiers shot the young man with more than 10 bullets, before dragging his body into their jeep, and prevented medics from reaching him to provide aid, until he had passed away from blood loss.

The Israeli forces then handed Adwan’s corpse to medics with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, who transferred his body to the Ramallah governmental hospital.

His funeral ceremony was held at noon after his body was transferred via ambulance to his home, where thousands of Palestinians gathered and participated in his funeral procession and ceremony.

During the invasion of the camp, Israeli forces stormed the home of the Rajab family, and abducted three brothers: Ibrahim Rajab, Yousef Rajab, and No’man Rajab.

The killing of Adwan comes after a brutal crackdown on the Palestinian Land Day protest on Saturday in Gaza, in which three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. Two of those killed were 17 years old.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also invaded the nearby city of Betunia, in addition to the villages of Qarawat Bani Zeid and Kafr Ein.

The soldiers searched many homes, and summoned for interrogation a former political prisoner, identified as Mahran Raja Saif, after invading his home in Qarawat Bani Zeid village.

Mohammad was from Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. 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

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