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Israeli forces kill 3 during Gaza solidarity march in West Bank village of Beit Ummar (Updated)

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Hashem Abu Maria

Hashem Abu Maria, 45, pictured with his daughter, was shot dead by Israeli forces in Beit Ummar after Friday prayers.

More terrible news.  Three cherished members from the community of Beit Ummar have been killed by Israeli forces while demonstrating in support of Gaza today. This little village, home of activists from the Palestine Solidarity Project, has been hit so hard by settlers and Israeli military forces over the years, they gang up on that village time and again, relentlessly targeting their children and strangling the community because of its coveted location. So much anguish it is hard to comprehend. It brings me great sorrow reporting these deaths today.

Palestine Solidarity Project press release:

Today, a demonstration was held in Beit Ummar, a village of 17,000 people in Hebron District, against the ongoing assault in Gaza by Israeli Military Forces.  Almost immediately, the Israeli military forces that confronted the demonstration shot live ammunition into the crowd of approximately 900 people, a clear escalation from the regular response to Beit Ummar demonstrations, which have been ongoing since the Gaza assault began.

THREE HAVE BEEN KILLED

Hasham Abu Maria, 47, worked with Defense of Children International-Palestine and was shot in the chest with live ammunition approximately 30 minutes into the demonstration.

Sultan Shuqdam and Abd Alhamid Al Brigheith were also shot and were pronounced dead at approximately 4:30 this afternoon in Al Ahli hospital in Hebron.

The three will be buried today in the cemetery in Beit Ummar, which is also by the Israeli military watchtower.

Update:

Hashem Abu Maria (Photo provided by  Defense of Children International-Palestine)

Hashem Abu Maria (Photo provided by Defense of Children International-Palestine)

Defense for Children International-Palestine has issued a statement on Abu Maria’s death that includes some new details:

Defense for Children International-Palestine mourns the death of a staff member, Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, killed today by Israeli forces while peacefully participating in a solidarity march with Gaza.

Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest with live ammunition as he stood still at the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar.

Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth erupted when the Israeli military attempted to disperse the crowd with lethal force. Hashem was not participating in the violence when a bullet struck him from a distance of 100 meters (328 feet), witnesses told DCI-Palestine. Two other protesters were killed in the same march, and at least 10 sustained injuries.

“The DCI-Palestine family is shocked and devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague, Hashem,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. “Hashem considered defending children’s rights as his purpose in life, not simply as a job. That he has become the latest innocent civilian to lose his life at the hands of Israeli forces is a tragedy. We offer our utmost condolences to his family.”

Hashem served as the coordinator of DCI-Palestine’s community mobilization unit, promoting constructive child participation throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory. His most recent work focused on Palestinian teens monitoring and documenting child rights violations in Hebron.

He is survived by his wife Samira, his son Ayham, 11, and his two daughters, Siba, 6, and Majdal, 13.

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  1. just on July 25, 2014, 12:38 pm

    RIP to these beautiful people who only wanted to live a life of freedom and respect…and worked for the same for their fellow Palestinians.

    (there is a very special place in hell for the Israeli murderers of innocents and activists)

  2. Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 12:48 pm

    The poison spreads to the West Bank. The human animals take the opportunity to kill more Palestinians. Evil cannot stop.
    This is not going to stop the Palestinians. They will keep fighting for their rights and freedom.

  3. Justpassingby on July 25, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Read right now how US try to get israel to get away with the killing and occupation with a so called “ceasefire”! Really disgusting!

    • Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 2:20 pm

      Breaking news says Israel rejected the ceasefire deal.

      Netanyahu, as one Palestinian official said, has nothing to show for this brutal massacre, the deaths of their soldiers, and this violence, so it will try to push on hoping it can justify the deaths of their own.

      Israel has chosen to keep killing children and babies, and not remove the blockade.
      Israel in all it’s arrogance, wants even the cease fire to be according to what IT demands. Well, America, we made this monster.

  4. Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Yval Steinitz, Israeli Minister on CNN. Again not mentioning Khamas wants blockade removed, instead says they want a ceasefire to legitimate terrorism.
    Yeah, Khamas wants to be a legitimate terrorist group. Anyone buying it here?

    Zionist bullsheet.

    Steinitz is the Minister of Intelligence (huh?) He sounded so full of hate and anger, Khamas this, Khamas that, they are attacking poor Israelis (with so little casualties unlike what they have inflicted in Gaza) attacked Qatar, and accusing it of supporting Hamas. He was one angry dude. Maybe his is looking bad among the human animals, after all the intelligence capabilities of Israel is looking sheety. Or maybe he knows they are losing the PR war

    • a blah chick on July 25, 2014, 2:03 pm

      No doubt he’s upset about all the dead soldiers who’s names haven’t been released yet. And I think they lost a couple more today.

      Look like the lawnmower has struck a rock.

      • Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 4:57 pm

        Loosing the PR war, despite the hasbarats working desperately around the clock, and their US shills in the guise of congress people, media, think tankers, and so on, are trying to convince us that poor victim in all this, can make them act irrational.

  5. concernedhuman on July 25, 2014, 1:06 pm

    The BBC’s Jon Donnison has a new line from the Israeli police spokesman on who is responsible for the killing of three Israeli teens last month.

    “Israeli police MickeyRosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership,” Donnison tweets:

    https://twitter.com/JonDonnison/statuses/492632691393572865

    Israeli police spokes Mickey Rosenfeld also said if kidnapping had been ordered by Hamas leadership, they’d have known about it in advance.

    Mickey Rosenfeld said lone cells much harder to track. Said they would find whoever was now protecting the two suspects.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/jul/25/gaza-crisis-israel-strike-un-shelter-palestinian-protesters-west-bank-live-updates

    • a blah chick on July 25, 2014, 2:05 pm

      “Mickey Rosenfeld said lone cells much harder to track. Said they would find whoever was now protecting the two suspects.”

      Give it up, Mickey, that show closed out of town ages ago.

      • concernedhuman on July 25, 2014, 3:01 pm

        But still west blames hamas for that even when nutenyahoo has not provided any evidence .

  6. Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Israel has rejected the cease fire agreement. Maybe they have chosen to kill more children, bomb UN shelters, and does NOT want to remove the blockade.

  7. Kay24 on July 25, 2014, 2:16 pm

    For those who don’t watch Faux News, like I don’t, watch Hannity act like an unprofessional jackass, insulting Yusef Munayyer, and acting like an out of control lunatic. He seems to go berserk that CAIR is suggesting we don’t send our money to Israel so that children can be killed. It is frightening to think the many in this country listen to him. I don’t know who the other guy is, but he sure seems to be a zionist too.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/sean-hannity-yousef-munayyer-rant_n_5620231.html

  8. kalithea on July 25, 2014, 2:55 pm

    The Zionist war criminals rejected the cease-fire deal! The slaughter goes on.

    Are marches planned this weekend around the world? We need to bring down these Zionist butchers.

    This genocidal massacre must end. We need a global “Day of Rage”!

  9. Tobias on July 25, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Hannity is a first class buffon. A very uneducated arsehole.

  10. Vikram on July 25, 2014, 5:17 pm

    I object to people calling members of the “other” side “human animals”. The implication being that they are not fully human but animal instead. Weather they are Jews or Palestinians, I think that this is wrong. The fact is that human beings are capable of a whole spectrum of behaviour from atrocious evil to selfless kindness. Why not leave the animals out it !

  11. DICKERSON3870 on July 27, 2014, 1:15 am

    RE: “Israeli forces kill 3 during Gaza solidarity march in West Bank village of Beit Ummar”

    MY COMMENT: I wonder how much progress Israel has made in the “thorough and transparent investigation” the US State Department said it expects Israel to make* into the videotaped shooting/murder by the Israeli military of the two Palestinian teenagers during the Nakba Day protests outside Ofer prison in the West Bank back on May 15 (more than two months ago).

    * SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
    Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
    LINK – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4521979,00.html

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