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Photo Essay: Scenes from the funeral of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, 19

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Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Friday of 19-year-old Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, killed the day before by the Israeli forces inside Al Arroub refugee camp.

Al Aroub refugee camp has witnessed many clashes since the beginning of October. Due to its proximity to Road 60, there is always a heavy Israeli military presence around the camp. Its main entrances are closed by road blocks, and a military tower faces the main exit.

The mother of Khalid herself helped to carry the body of her son for a few minutes, which is unusual in Muslim funerals.

During the funeral, calls for responses to the Israeli attacks were made. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli forces or settlers, since the beginning of October.

Clashes with the Israeli army followed the funeral, and at least one Palestinian was injured in the head.

Clashes also occurred in Bethlehem, and lasted until the night. Scores of tear gas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets were fired at protesters, as well as live ammunition. Several Palestinians were injured, including a journalist and a mentally-handicapped person.

Posters commemorating 19-year-old Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh killed the day before by the Israeli army during clashes in al-Arroub refugee camp.
Posters, Bethlehem, by Anne Paq

Posters of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, al-Arroub refugee camp, by Anne Paq

A relative of Khalid touches him for a last goodbye before he was taken away from the family home to be buried. 
A relative says goodbye to Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh in Bethlehem, photo by Anne Paq

A relative says goodbye to Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh in al Arroub refugee camp, photo by Anne Paq

 
The mother of Khalid carried his body during the funeral procession, a very unusual scene during a Muslim funeral.
Khalid's mother helps to carry his body during Bethlehem funeral

Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh’s mother helps to carry his body during  funeral

 
The mother of Khalid followed the procession until the cemetery.
Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh's mother leads funeral procession

Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh’s mother follows funeral procession, photo by Anne Paq

 
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli forces or settlers since the beginning of October, around one third were killed during clashes.
Funeral of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh

Funeral of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, photo by Anne Paq

 

Children carry the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) flags which was dominant during the funeral.

PFLP flags at funeral in Bethlehem

PFLP flags at funeral in al-Arroub refugee camp, photo by Anne Paq

Hundreds attended the funeral. Israeli soldiers were seen around the cemetery and clashes followed.
Hundreds attend funeral of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh

Hundreds attend funeral of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, photo by Anne Paq

Friends carry posters commemorating Khalid.
Posters of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh

Posters of Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, photo by Anne Paq

Palestinian youth pushing a UN garbage container to use it as cover during clashes in Al-Arroub camp which followed the funeral.
Garbage container becomes fortification after funeral in al-Arroub refugee camp, photo by Anne Paq

Garbage container becomes fortification after funeral in al-Arroub refugee camp, photo by Anne Paq

Palestinians take cover from shooting by the Israeli soldiers.

Palestinians take cover during clashes, al Arroub refugee camp

Palestinians take cover during clashes, al Arroub refugee camp, photo by Anne Paq

At least one Palestinian youth was injured in the head.
Injury to Palestinian demonstrator, photo by Anne Paq

Injury to Palestinian demonstrator, photo by Anne Paq

Israeli soldiers entering Al-Arroub camp.
Israeli soldiers, entering al Arroub camp, photo by Anne Paq

Israeli soldiers, entering al Arroub camp, photo by Anne Paq

Clashes also erupt in Bethlehem near Rachel’s tomb.
Clashes erupt in Bethlehem, photo by Anne Paq

Clashes erupt in Bethlehem, photo by Anne Paq

About Anne Paq

Anne Paq is a French photographer, member of the photo collective Activestills. She is currently back in Palestine and working on a long-term project on Gaza called 'Obliterated Families'.

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  1. kalithea
    kalithea
    November 28, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Alive yesterday:

    http://www.imemc.org/attachments/nov2015/jawabreh2015maan.jpg

    Today murdered by Zionist occupiers and removed from all who loved him never to hold his mother in his arms again.

  2. kalithea
    kalithea
    November 28, 2015, 7:02 pm

    Alive yesterday:

    http://www.imemc.org/attachments/nov2015/jawabreh2015maan.jpg

    Today murdered by Zionist occupiers and removed from all who loved him never to hold his mother in his arms again.

    He is forever Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh.

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 29, 2015, 5:49 pm

    Nothing like bringing David and Goliath story to life as a daily routine in the 21st Century, especially when Goliath is Jewish.

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