‘Umran Abu Dheim

May 20, 2015: ‘Umran Abu Dheim, 41, was killed by police fire after they claimed he “deliberately rammed his car into police officers, in occupied Jerusalem, wounding two, before he was shot dead. 

Palestinian eyewitnesses said the incident was a traffic accident, and not a deliberate attack.

His family said that Abu Dheim had no political affiliation, or any interest in political factions and issues.

He was a married father of five children: Rasha, 14, Hamza, 11, Raghad, 9, Hala, 6, and Mohammad, 14 months of age. He was planning to take his family on a trip to Turkey after the school year is done.

After he was killed, the soldiers invaded and ransacked his home, and interrogated several members of his family.

The Israeli police initially refused to transfer the body of the slain Palestinian to his family and insisted that the funeral procession should not contain more than twenty participants; the family refused the Israeli demands.

Mohammad Mahmoud, one of the lawyers of the Ad-Dameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, said that the Israeli Authorities eventually informed him that they would transfer the body of the slain Palestinian to his family between 11 at night and midnight.

The Israeli preconditions, and extensive military and police deployment around Palestinian communities in occupied Jerusalem, failed in preventing thousands of Jerusalemite Palestinians from marching in the funeral procession, carrying flags and chanting against the Israeli

Protests took place in various parts of occupied Jerusalem, lasting all day long until evening hours, while scores of residents have been injured, including at least eleven in Jabal Al-Mokabber and Jabal az-Zeitoun (The Mount Of Olives).

Omran was from Jabal al-Mokabber in Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC