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Laith Abu Naim, 16, fourth Palestinian minor shot dead by Israeli forces so far in 2018

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Laith Abu Naim, 16, is the fourth Palestinian minor to be shot dead by Israeli forces in 2018 to date.

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced this evening that Laith was killed by a shot to the head.

Laith was unarmed. His family says an Israeli soldier shot the boy at a distance of two metres during clashes in their village of Mughayer, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital in Ramallah.

“The soldiers killed him from a short range. They could have arrested him; they could have injured him; they could have shot his leg,” Laith’s uncle Marzouq Abu Naim told Palestinian media. “But the soldier meant to kill him. The bullet went through his eye and through the back of his head.”

Confrontations broke out today when an Israeli military patrol entered the village of Mughayer. Local teens began throwing stones and Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades.

Mayor Faraj al-Nasan said the soldiers were in military vehicles and there was no threat to their lives when they fired live ammunition.

Laith’s father Haitham Abu Naim called on international institutions to investigate his son’s execution.

“They executed him like any other child,” Haitham said. “The occupation doesn’t differentiate between children and adults. We’re all targeted. Anything that’s Palestinian is targeted.

“He’s not the first one and he won’t be the last one. This has been our life. We’ve been under occupation for 70 years. He isn’t the first child nor the last. Palestine is worth it.”

The three other boys shot dead by Israeli forces this month were also 16 years old and unarmed.

Laith’s death brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to 18 since President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017.

Mersiha Gadzo

Mersiha Gadzo is a multimedia journalist. Her articles have appeared in Al Jazeera, CBC, Canadian Dimension and the Middle East Eye. She tweets at @MersihaGadzo.

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12 Responses

  1. Citizen on January 30, 2018, 4:33 pm

    I paid for it with my US tax dollars; am gathering my documents for paying more as it’s tax season now.

  2. annie on January 30, 2018, 7:19 pm

    here is a video outside the hospital .. Laith Haitham Abu Naim so sad. all the villagers saying good bye to him

    • gamal on January 31, 2018, 1:01 am

      hey Annie I noticed the Derry photos they had a conference with Eva Karene Bartlett and others

      Imperialism on Trial, its a facebook, fb is beyond my ken, but it still takes you to Free Derry..

      • annie on January 31, 2018, 4:51 pm

        oh thank you for the link gamal. yes i knew something was afoot in derry as i RT’d many of their tweets yesterday (live as it was happening in the nighttime there). many photos. didn’t know about this tho.

  3. chocopie on January 31, 2018, 3:28 am

    He is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful child. I’m so sorry for his parents, family, and friends, such a terrible loss.

  4. Ossinev on January 31, 2018, 9:17 am

    Yet another glorious act of breathtaking courage in defense of the Zio Fatherland by an IDF David against these monstrous Palestinian child Goliaths who are armed to the teeth with existentially threatening pebbles.

    Fascism in all its splendid Zionist glory.

    • Misterioso on January 31, 2018, 10:08 am


      “Fascism in all its splendid Zionist glory.”


      There can be no doubt that the entity known as “Israel” is fascistic and it should always be described as such.

  5. eljay on January 31, 2018, 9:50 am

    … Laith was unarmed. His family says an Israeli soldier shot the boy at a distance of two metres during clashes in their village of Mughayer, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. …

    Once again, a “Jewish State” Occupation, Colonization and Oppression Forces goon operating in not-Israel murders a non-Israeli.

    Captain Israel salutes the goon for having the courage to commit the “necessary evil” to prevent a slap.

  6. Elizabeth Block on January 31, 2018, 10:41 am

    “They executed him like any other child.”

    No comment. None needed.

  7. lonely rico on January 31, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Copy of letter to Canadian Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    We reach the end of the first month of the year, and learn that Israeli forces have killed four Palestinian children so far in 2018.
    Does the Canadian government approve of this behaviour?
    If not, has the Canadian government addressed the Israeli government, to express concern about the murder of Palestinian minors?
    It is worth noting that this killing has been going on for many years, is accompanied by the maiming of thousands of Palestinian children, all in the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territory of the West Bank and Gaza.
    You sir, have expressed your unwavering friendship for the state of Israel, claiming shared values between Canada and the Zionist state. A true friend must be willing to confront Israel when Israeli behaviour descends into cruelty and murder.
    To ignore this wrongdoing is to be complicit in the criminality.

  8. genesto on January 31, 2018, 5:31 pm

    The ‘most moral army in the world is evil and gutless, killing unarmed children at will!

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