Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth activist Mahmoud al-Titi, 22, near Hebron

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Translation: # Martyr Mahmoud _ Titi graduate journalism and media of the Palestine Technical College – Arroub

Translation: # Martyr Mahmoud _ Titi spent two years in the prisons of the occupation (Negev prison)

Kuwait News Agency:

News تصغير الخطتكبير الخط RAMALLAH, March 12 (KUNA) — A Palestinian young man was killed on Tuesday in a shooting by Israeli troops near Al Khalil (Hebron) in south of the West Bank. Mahmoud Al-Titi, 25, was killed when Israeli troops fired a live bullet at him, Palestinian medical sources. Two other Palestinians were wounded in a shooting and were taken to hospital for necessary medical treatment, the sources added. Israeli troops stormed Al-Fawar refugee camp in south Al Khalil, where they were engaged in confrontations with Palestinians there.

JerusalemPost:

One Palestinian was killed and a number of others were injured during a West Bank clash with IDF forces that saw soldiers open fire after being attacked, the army said on Tuesday evening.

An IDF force entered the West Bank village of Fawar, southwest of Hebron, in pursuit of Palestinians suspected of hurling Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles in the South Mount Hebron area.

A major riot erupted in the area, and soldiers came under a hail of rocks, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.

“During the disturbance, a part of the force found itself in a situation in which soldiers felt their lives to be in danger, and opened fire on the attackers,” the IDF added.

Red Crescent paramedics evacuated the injured.

Palestinians have identified Mahmoud al-Titi, 22, as the man killed during the clash, and have circulated his photograph on Twitter.

According to Abir Kopty of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, Titi was a communications and journalism student. He was also among the founders of a Hebron youth movement in support of freeing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Titi’s funeral is Wednesday at 12:30 in Fawar.

The army is investigating the incident.

AFP:

Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas militant and wounded two other Palestinians with live fire during a clash with stone-throwers near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, Palestinian security officials said.

They named the dead man as Mahmud al-Titi, 23, and said he was a member of the militant Islamic group.

The Israeli military said that soldiers entered the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, close to the Jewish settlement of Beit Haggai, after Palestinians hurled rocks and petrol bombs at passing Israeli vehicles.

The area is frequently the scene of clashes between Palestinians on one side and Israeli soldiers and settlers on the other.

“A violent riot erupted when they entered Al-Fawwar and Palestinians hurled rocks at them,” an army spokeswoman told AFP.

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  1. mmayer
    March 12, 2013, 11:01 pm

    “Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas militant”.

    Is Israel using the same criteria the US drone justification; “all adult males killed by strikes as militants” model? I thought he was a Titi graduate of journalism and media of the Palestine Technical College. Stupid me.

  2. Inanna
    March 12, 2013, 11:17 pm

    AFP is claiming the dead man was a Hamas militant? How come Jpost didn’t? Isn’t that the usual story – all Palestinians who are killed by Israelis are militants. I love how they cite Palestinian security sources for the claim.

  3. Annie Robbins
    March 12, 2013, 11:39 pm

    tragedy strikes again. every week they kill again. coincidence? i don’t think so. they don’t do gandhi. israel wants a violent intifada. now. erupting… as obama visits? the willpower of palestine is strong. sumud. you have the wind at your back palestine, we love you. in solidarity. the life and martyrdom of Mahmoud is not in vain.

    RIP Mahmoud

    • Tzombo
      March 13, 2013, 9:01 am

      That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, they’re doing it on purpose to provoke a response. Then they can point to the absence of a ‘peace partner’ and all that stale crap that apparently still gets gobbled up by the increasingly useless press.

  4. Qualtrough
    March 12, 2013, 11:47 pm

    Has anyone painted the names of all the young people the Israelis have killed on that wall they built? If not, they should paint their name and picture on it. One caveat, keep the space for each image/name small, otherwise they might run out of space before too long.

    Hophmi, can you provide us with any details on how he deserved to be shot? Did he throw a stone, or act in a furtive manner, or was this just one of those ‘accidents’?

  5. kalithea
    March 13, 2013, 12:07 am

    We all know Israel is doing the slow genocide together with overt ethnic cleansing. Every week Israelis fill the quota and eliminate a few more Palestinians. How long will the world tolerate this crime?

  6. Annie Robbins
    March 13, 2013, 1:08 am

    i love that the men kiss his face in farewell. on the video. when i look at the photo of Mahmoud that @FalastinAlhura posted, of him in recline looking at us in his beauty, and i imagine the thousands of other ‘hamas militants’ who we are supposed to fear…the power of words. he just looks like a boy, like my son’s friends…just a sweet boy and they killed him for sport. to steal more of palestine soul by soul, heart by heart, child like and pure. omg it could have been my son. his mother, i pray for her.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    March 13, 2013, 4:27 am

    RE: “One Palestinian was killed and a number of others were injured during a West Bank clash with IDF forces that saw soldiers open fire after being attacked, the army said on Tuesday evening.” ~ the right-wing Jerusalem Post

    MY SNARK: Well if the Israeli army says its soldiers only opened fire “after being attacked”, then everything’s perfectly kosher. Only a raving anti-Semite would suggest that the Most Moral Army in the World™ might be lying about having been attacked first! ! !

    SEE: “The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada”, By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings.
    A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.

    This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to counterpunch.org

    • Annie Robbins
      March 13, 2013, 12:01 pm

      “A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.”

    • DICKERSON3870
      March 18, 2013, 4:33 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?”, By Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 06/13/11

      [EXCERPT] Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.
      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.
      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.
      The new [second] Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”
      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts.
      With those our army was on familiar ground.
      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers. . .

      SOURCE – link to original.antiwar.com

  8. DICKERSON3870
    March 13, 2013, 4:50 am

    RE: “Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas militant . . . Palestinian security officials said. They named the dead man as Mahmud al-Titi, 23, and said he was a member of the militant Islamic group.” ~ AFP

    MY COMMENT: And, of course, we (and AFP) have no choice but to take at face value the opinion of “Palestinian security officials” that the deceased was a “Hamas militant” [i.e. "a (card-carrying?) member of the militant Islamic group"].

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [United States security assistance to the Palestinian National Authority]:

    . . . When the Israeli Air Force began their bombing campaign of Gaza in late December 2008, the NSF [the Palestinian National Security Forces] 3rd Special Battalion was disbursed throughout the West Bank to assist other PA security forces in maintaining order and preventing demonstrations from becoming uncontrollable. The USSC, Israel, and the PA regarded the results of this deployment to be successful because West Bank violence did not escalate during the month-long Israeli offensive.[64] Lt. Gen. Dayton suggested in his 2009 policy speech that the PA response during Operation Cast Lead prevented a third intifada by using “a measured and disciplined approach to the popular unrest” and by keeping demonstrators away from Israelis. In his words “the prospect of order trumped the prospect of chaos.”[57] Journalist Nathan Thrall characterized the same event as the most damaging to the Palestinian security forces’ reputation, as the harsh reaction to protests and to Hamas sympathizers made the PASF seem like collaborators with the Israeli operation. . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • MK_Ultra
      March 13, 2013, 4:48 pm

      …as the harsh reaction to protests and to Hamas sympathizers made the PASF seem like collaborators with the Israeli operation. . .

      It’s pretty pathetic when even Wikipedia states the obvious.

  9. just
    March 13, 2013, 5:43 am

    Murdered. Another light extinguished. RIP, Mahmoud.

    Whatever soul that the zionists had has been thoroughly corrupted, and their hands drip with the blood of innocents struggling to survive and be free.

    (btw, I feel much the same about our heinous wars and behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our not so silent support of Israeli actions– we are complicit)

  10. gamal
    March 13, 2013, 11:36 am

    I am sure there are many posters here who will join me in hoping that this latest tragedy doesn’t lead to any violence.

    • ritzl
      March 13, 2013, 12:21 pm

      gamal, Totally… If you’ll forgive me for twisting your sentiment slightly, I hope that this latest tragedy leads to a cessation of all violence there. That’s my persistent hope anyway.

      Thanks for saying it.

      • gamal
        March 13, 2013, 7:47 pm

        yeah sure of course ritzl, only beings live nations are an utter fiction, twist away its only way to get anything out of my ‘contributions’,

        I am posting what i think is a very relevant link, i hope Annie agrees, to some revelations about the counter-insurgency conducted by America in Iraq.

        The Palestinians have been living in such a world for a long time, these activities were immediately obvious to all observers who knew a little of Iraq and were unimpressed by the “Eternal Sectarian War” meme.

        In a way the most interesting aspect of these “revelations” is the extent of the US and Iranian alliance in Iraq. As well as the terrifying brutality, duplicity, illegality and sadistic murderousness of the American state.
        People like Mahmoud Titi in such circumstances are marked for death.

        link to counterpunch.org

      • Annie Robbins
        March 13, 2013, 8:31 pm

        gamal, in my search for a comment i made yesterday to hops i ran into many mentions of what happened in iraq here link to mondoweiss.net

        including the salvadoran option. but not my comments about the iraq genocide from yesterday, which begin here, and then scroll: link to mondoweiss.net

      • gamal
        March 13, 2013, 9:23 pm

        thanks, will read later, so much gratitude to you all for the work you do, and respect to Prof Slater for still posting here, hope he joins more threads to tell us class clowns whats what.

        all the best
        g

    • K Renner
      March 13, 2013, 1:48 pm

      I hope things don’t escalate for the sake that if they do, the occupation forces will use that as an excuse to throw out the rulebook- I mean completely- like they did at the start of the second intifada.

  11. MK_Ultra
    March 13, 2013, 4:44 pm

    The IDF (Isreali Death Forces) strike again.

  12. Accentitude
    March 14, 2013, 7:19 am

    Ma’an is reporting that he’s 25 years old and that apparently he was shot in the face with a “dum dum” bullet which expands upon entry and makes it nearly impossible to recover from.

    Of course they had the funeral yesterday and as expected the IDF was waiting to provoke the mourners with tear gas and “rubber bullets” (read: steel plastic-coated balls that hurt like hurts like a mutherfaaaaaa….brings back memories of excruciating concentrated pain). The IDF spokeswoman claimed as usual that the IDF was called in to disperse an “illegal riot.” That’s a really stupid thing to say. Have any of you ever heard of a LEGAL RIOT? Do people marching to a cemetery to bury a deceased relative of friend constitute a so-called “riot”? What B.S.

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