Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces

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Funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, killed on Monday, March 10, 1014 by Israeli soldiers, Beitin, West Bank. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, killed on Monday, March 10, 1014 by Israeli soldiers, Beitin, West Bank. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. Three were killed in the West Bank in separate instances and three were killed in the Gaza Strip from an air strike. Four others were killed Tuesday afternoon in Gaza during a “work accident” while constructing an explosive according to a statement by Hamas, bringing the total casualty count to ten.

In the West Bank on Monday Israeli border police at the Allenby crossing shot a Jordanian judge during an altercation on a bus. Raed Zeitar, 38, originally from Nablus had been living in Jordan since 2011 and was en route to the West Bank to visit his six-year old daughter who is hospitalized in a coma. In a statement the Israeli army said Zeitar was fired at after he attempted to seize an officer’s weapon:

A short while ago a Palestinian attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan. In response the forces at the scene opened fire towards the suspect. A hit was identified.

However Mohammed Zayd, a witness, told Ma’an News Agency that Zeitar was shot after returning to his feet from when a soldier shoved him to the ground:

[A]n Israeli soldier pushed Zeiter, they started scuffling and Zeiter was brought to the floor. Zeiter then stood up and shoved the soldier, who in turn fired a shot that barely missed Zeiter, Zayd said.

The soldier then proceeded to fire three shots that hit Zeiter in the chest, leaving him dead on the floor, Zayd added, explaining that he tried to resuscitate Zeiter to no avail.

Zayd added that medics arrived almost an hour later, and covered Zeiter’s body, while Israeli police closed the scene and unloaded passengers off the bus and ordered them to the ground in order to search them.

Adding to the Jordan Times Zayd said, “It is not true that he tried to take the soldier’s gun,” continuing, “Passengers were shocked, and started crying and screaming.” After Zeitar’s killing Israeli forces then detonated an explosive on his luggage and held the remaining bus passengers for six hours.

Per a treaty between Israel and Jordan, Jordanian officials will take part in an investigation into the cause of Zeitar’s death.

The funeral of Saji Darwish in the West Bank village of Beitin. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The funeral of Saji Darwish in the West Bank village of Beitin. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Friends and relatives burry Saji Darwish in the West Bank village of Beitin, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Friends and relatives burry Saji Darwish in the West Bank village of Beitin, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Cemetery in the West Bank village of Beitin, during the funeral of Saji Darwish, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Cemetery in the West Bank village of Beitin, during the funeral of Saji Darwish, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

That evening around 9pm Israeli soldiers shot Saji Darwish, 18, after throwing stones on a road near the settlement of Beit El, which is separated from highway access by a concrete wall. Darwish was a student at Bir Zeit University, studying advertising.

“Someone called me last night at 7 pm and told me Saji from our university was close to Allah,” said Shaheed Bihiss, 25, a classmate of Darwish, “We tried to come here [Beitin, Darwish’s hometown], but Israeli soldiers closed the village.”

On Tuesday a funeral procession was held at Bir Zeit University for the deceased student, with thousands in attendance. After Darwish was eulogized in his village of Beitin, outside of Ramallah.

“I feel like every Palestinian, sad, because this happens everyday and the world does nothing,” said another classmate Mohamed Taha, 24, from Jenin.

The same day Fida’ Mohyeeddeen Majadla, 23, was shot in the chest and head and was reportedly killed instantly by the live-fire at a roadblock south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. Another, Ibrahim Adnan Shokry was also wounded. Israeli authorities then held Majadla’s body.

Hours later on Tuesday morning three members of the armed-wing of the Islamic Jihad movement were killed in an Israeli air strike near Khan Younis in the southern West Bank. Ma’an reported the al-Quds Brigade said in a statement, “Ismail Abu Judah, 23, Shahir Abu Shanab, 24, and Abd al-Shafi Muammar, 33, “were in confrontation with the occupation trying to stop the progress of Israeli military vehicles which were approaching the area.” The Israeli army said the air strike occurred after mortar shells were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The six killings come just days after Amnesty International published a report on “trigger happy” soldiers using live-fire on unarmed protesters. Israeli Defense Force regulations state live-fire is acceptable in cases of a threat to life, and protocol requires when possible a verbal warning in Arabic and two warning shots before engaging. The deaths come at the tail end of U.S. brokered direct peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, spurring a eulogy in Beitin during Darwish’s burial decrying the negotiations.

“They said there is not need for their efforts for negotiations because Palestinians go to negotiations and Israelis just kill more Palestinians everyday,” said Darwish’s classmate Mohamed Taha.

23 Responses

  1. just
    March 11, 2014, 9:00 pm

    How much more can the Palestinian people “take”? I wonder at the silence that surrounds me. I tell people that their tax dollars are being used to exterminate indigenous people. I tell people that Israel gives health care to all of their peeps, while we are still fighting about universal health care. I tell people that Palestinian children are/were held in cages in freezing temperatures. I tell people about the theft of land, water, and the destruction of lives/ olive trees/ homes. I try to tell people why their SS machine is just wrong (in every way). I say the same about Sabra hummus and then give them my recipe if they even listen. I tell people a lot of truths.

    Most still look at me like I am nuts.

    (btw, I made some of my hummus for close friends……..they don’t buy the other stuff anymore….)

    How many Israelis were killed by Palestinians in the last 24 hours/24 days/ 24 months?

    • Dutch
      March 11, 2014, 9:08 pm

      What are we looking at? Is this a deliberate pattern to make the Palestinians burst into an uncontrolled intifadah, that will bring the ‘peace talks’ to an ‘unfortunate but necessary’ end?

      • Kathleen
        March 11, 2014, 9:19 pm

        We are looking at a systematic brutality that at its core is very sick. Shoot kids in the head for throwing rocks. They want their land, homes, olive groves, integrity back. I am hearing from people who have friends in the Gaza that the situation is very very bad.

      • Shingo
        March 12, 2014, 6:25 am

        Is this a deliberate pattern to make the Palestinians burst into an uncontrolled intifadah, that will bring the ‘peace talks’ to an ‘unfortunate but necessary’ end?

        And then the Israelis will accuse the Palestinians of inciting violence. Absolutely fucking sickening.

        Israel’s BS about the Jordanian judge keeps changing.

    • LeaNder
      March 12, 2014, 6:20 am

      attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan

      that’s the George Zimmerman scenario, if I may slightly modify this for the specific event: never mind that the man probably wasn’t a terrorist, but on the way home to see his daughter, he only needed to turn into a potential killer in the mind of someone carrying a gun to deserve to be shot.

      • just
        March 16, 2014, 8:12 am

        LeaNder– How right you are!

        Only in Israel, it’s stand your ground ‘while I terrorize you first, then kill you with my government issued IOF gun, and steal the very ground you live on.’

      • LeaNder
        March 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

        Well, just, in this case I had more “shared values”, the specific security needs of a special caste in mind, more specifically someone who recently called South Africa a “failed state”. ;)

  2. Rusty Pipes
    March 11, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Shared (Jim Crow) Values: shooting unarmed uppity young men.

  3. Annie Robbins
    March 11, 2014, 11:21 pm

    thank you allison. words don’t quite express….and those photographs.

  4. Blownaway
    March 12, 2014, 12:29 am

    What choice do they have? They have been disarmed, not just by Israel but also by the PLA. All they have are rocks while the Israelis have every conventional and non conventional weapon in the world including horrific DIME and who knows what else they can use on a helpless population. They are hoping to provoke something that will allow them to walk on the negotiations

  5. Citizen
    March 12, 2014, 7:53 am

    I tell people about this (when I can somehow slip it in to the conversation), and they mostly just give me a blank look, and/or ignore what I said, and/or change the subject.

    • kalithea
      March 12, 2014, 10:00 am

      Palestinians are viewed as less than human statistics by the Zionist set. It’s called depraved apathy towards destruction of human life. Then they go frolic on the beach or party in the night clubs.

  6. kalithea
    March 12, 2014, 9:50 am

    “… Israelis just kill more Palestinians everyday.”

    That’s because they have the quota to fill. For every Palestinian born; they get rid of another. Practically every week they kill Palestinians. Trigger happy really translates into racist population control policy. Shoot first; ask questions later – just one of the ways to push back the certain demographic threat to Zionism.

  7. RobertB
    March 12, 2014, 11:04 am

    Israel’s IDF brutally murders Palestinian…little girls, little boys, grandmothers, grandfathers, men, women…of all ages … Christians & Muslims….unarmed civilians…and yet none of these brutal killers have to spend any time in jail…NOT even one hour…NOT one.

  8. amigo
    March 12, 2014, 11:16 am

    There is nothing new about this.Every time Israel,s peace intentions are being shown for what they really are, the shootings/incursions/arrests/beatings increase tenfold.

    This has always been the zionist MO.

    We must get back our VICTIM status.The Palestinians must be seen to be the terroreeests and peace destroyers.

    But that plan is losing ground.How much longer does this have to go on.

    ICC now Abbas.Take Israel where it will not be in the drivers seat and demand (concurrently) one man/woman one vote.Pull the plug on zionism.

    Israel is just f—king about as it always has and always will , if allowed.

    • amigo
      March 12, 2014, 8:22 pm

      Why are my posts taking several hours to clear and others posted hours later than mine have been cleared.

  9. RobertB
    March 13, 2014, 12:31 am

    Well…my post of 3/12/14 @ 11:04 AM is still waiting for clearance from the moderator(s) at MW…

    Just wondering…why? Why that long? And 13 hours ago…is not long enough…???

  10. Boomer
    March 13, 2014, 7:40 am

    Very disturbing. As is the fact that the U.S. provides the guns and bullets, as well as the veto at the UN that enables the perpetrators to continue such actions with impunity.

  11. RobertB
    March 13, 2014, 10:44 am

    Can anyone imagine what Apartheid Israel & its IDF killers will do if 6 Israelis were killed by Palestinians in a 24 hour period?

    • ivri
      March 15, 2014, 8:31 pm

      @RobertB: “Can anybody imagine…..
      No need to imagine. As a response to your query I can refer you to information sources on the second Intifada. You will surely find an encyclopedia of cases there and not just with 6 Israelis killed but entire cafes and buses suicide-bombed, with far many more casualties, including, in particular, the event which brought the IDF back to the West-Bank where a large group of old people celebrating the Passover in a hotel in Netanya (where I was at that time with my family in a nearby one) were gunned down in a single event.

      • puppies
        March 15, 2014, 11:59 pm

        @ivri – Starting wars of aggression is bad for a state’s civilians, not to mention soldiers. Looks like you still don’t get the lesson, do you?

      • talknic
        March 16, 2014, 7:28 am

        @ivri “the event which brought the IDF back to the West-Bank”

        “back”??? When did the IDF leave the West Bank?

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