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Israeli forces shoot and kill Izz al-Din Tamimi in Nabi Saleh

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Nabi Saleh, occupied West Bank — Janna Jihad woke up to gunshots and commotion outside her window around 10 a.m Wednesday morning, a familiar sound in the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, home of imprisoned teenage activist Ahed Tamimi.

Israeli forces had just shot her distant cousin, 21-year-old Izz al-Din Tamimi, at least two times with live ammunition during confrontations that erupted following an Israeli military raid on the village.

“They were just 10 meters from my bedroom window, in our garden. I saw someone who was injured and there was a lot of blood,” Janna, a local teenage journalist, told Mondoweiss, added that she saw Tamimi with a bullet wound to the neck and chest.

“We tried to take him to the hospital but they [soldiers] were beating and kicking him, and wouldn’t let us. They arrested him and took him into their military jeep, and then into the military tower in the village for more than half an hour.”

According to Janna and her mother, Nawal, Izz Tamimi was left bleeding for over thirty minutes before an ambulance arrived and Israeli forces handed his body over to be evacuated to a hospital in Ramallah.

But by the time the ambulance arrived, he was dead.

Video of the events on Wednesday corroborate Janna and Nawal’s testimony. Filmed by Nabi Saleh resident Mohammad Atallah Tamimi, the video seems to being just moments after the shooting took place.

The video, which was live streamed, showed nearly a dozen Israeli soldiers crowding around a bloody and unresponsive Tamimi, seemingly trying to place him on a stretcher.

Mohammad and other residents can be heard imploring soldiers to take Izz to the hospital for treatment. In the video, Mohammad can also be heard saying that Israeli forces targeted Izz from a point blank range.

Footage showed Israeli forces firing sound bombs in the direction of the crowd as they followed soldiers to the jeep.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss that Tamimi was participating in stone throwing against the armed soldiers when he was shot.

According to the spokesperson, during the confrontation with soldiers, Tamimi allegedly “flanked the troops and hurled the rock, striking a soldier’s head.”

“In response, the soldier who was hit by the rock fired towards the Palestinian, who was injured and medically treated by IDF troops at the scene. Despite this, the Palestinian died,” the spokesperson said.

Despite Tamimi allegedly striking a soldier in the head, the Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss that no Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, adding that the situation was being “examined.”

The testimony of the Israeli army and the suggestion that Tamimi was killed in self defense is highly disputed by Palestinians in Nabi Saleh, who claimed that two days prior to his killing, Tamimi was threatened by Israeli soldiers.

“After Izz al-Din was killed, I went to his mother’s house to pay my respects, and she told me that two days ago soldiers came to her house and told her ‘we will kill your son and leave you crying’,” Nawal Tamimi told Mondoweiss.

Izz al-Din Tamimi was reportedly wanted for stone-throwing by soldiers, and according to locals, prior to the alleged threats made against him to his mother, Israeli soldiers had tried and failed on five separate occasions to arrest the young man.

“I think that they killed him on purpose. I think that they came to kill him,” Jihad told Mondoweiss, noting that several other young men were throwing stones at soldiers, but “they didn’t shoot at anyone else, just at him.”

Jihad, who began her career as the “youngest journalist in Palestine” after two members of her family were killed when she was just seven years old, implored the international community to “stand with us and support all the children and young men and women in Palestine who are targeted by the Israeli occupation.”

The case of Izz al-Din Tamimi’s death has been likened to the January killing of 16-year-old Musaab Tamimi, in Nabi Saleh’s sister village of Deir Nitham.

Musaab Tamimi was also shot in the neck during confrontations with Israeli soldiers, jut days after allegedly receiving death threats from Israeli soldiers.

The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.

The village has been in the spotlight since 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi was arrested and sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in attempts to prevent him from encroaching on her family’s property.

Since then, dozens of Ahed’s close and distant family members have been arrested and imprisoned by Israeli forces, in what locals have called a campaign of collective punishment against the village.

According to locals, there are currently 18 members of the Tamimi family in Israeli prison, including six minors.

Yumna Patel

Yumna Patel is the Palestine correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. eljay on June 6, 2018, 1:14 pm

    Once again, Israeli Occupation, Colonization and Oppression Forces operating in not-Israel accidentally kill murder a non-Israeli.

  2. Citizen on June 6, 2018, 4:30 pm

    The Israelis especially hate the #Tamimi family…I wonder how #Ahed is doing these days–anyone have a clue?

  3. Citizen on June 6, 2018, 4:33 pm

    Ahed Tamimi to remain in prison as a “deterence” to Palestinian resistance$Fw

  4. m1945 on June 6, 2018, 10:51 pm

    Agricultural terrorism: Palestinians start hundreds of fires with over 600 fire-bomb kites destroying 9,000 dunams of agriculture in Israel & contributing to global warming. Shame on the Palestinians!

    • Marnie on June 7, 2018, 7:33 am

      “Shame on the Palestinians!” What an insufferable gasbag. You can barely suppress your joy at the murder of yet another palestinian. The only way to keep their birth rates down is murder, right Jack?

    • eljay on June 7, 2018, 7:35 am

      || Jack Green: Agricultural terrorism: Palestinians start hundreds of fires with over 600 fire-bomb kites … ||

      Ungual terrorism: The victims scratched the rapist with their fingernails.

      But you’re absolutely right, Jack: The Palestinians should be equipped with a large, modern air force and high-tech munitions so that they can precisely target, bombard and destroy Israel’s armed terrorists.

      • Cazador on June 7, 2018, 10:34 am

        You got it!!!

        The question remains: will Jack the green understand reasoning or does he have a vision problem: TOTAL BLINDNESS?

    • JulianaFarha on June 7, 2018, 8:31 am

      Gosh, your concern for the planet is really touching especially as it highlights how much contempt you have for human beings – the Palestinian kind, that is. The fact that you drum up ludicrous claims of ‘global warming’ at the hands of an imprisoned civilian population being shot like fish in a barrel makes crystal clear the lengths you will go to to defend the indefensible. Breaking: people have stopped believing your lies.

      Here’s the tip of the agricultural terrorism iceberg:

      Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza:

      “Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees, the equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times over”:

      Israel is ‘poisoning Palestine’, study reveals:

      Zionist settlers poison 13 sheep in Occupied Palestine:

      • Cazador on June 7, 2018, 10:36 am

        Thank you very much Juliana.

        I doubt green Jack will go red in the face though…

    • zaid on June 7, 2018, 10:03 am

      This comment is unrelated to the article.It is spam and must be removed or soon we will find hundreds of such meaningless comments.

    • Cazador on June 7, 2018, 10:19 am

      Global warming, Green covered with red blood zionisraeli Jack?

      All those israeli standard bombs, white phosphorous bombs, explosive ammunition launched from tanks, portable from guns and other launchers, besides the menace of using your hundreds of atomic bombs, surely don’t nor won’t ever contribute to global warming, do they?

      That much more important for a nazionist like you than cooling fresh Palestinian blood running from your thousands of Palestinian emprisoned vitims.

      WHAT AN IDIOT!!!

      The nutàyahu must be really proud of you. How much is he paying for hasbara stupidities like yours, by the way?

    • Misterioso on June 7, 2018, 11:12 am

      @Jack Green

      Have another drink. It will clear your head.

    • Misterioso on June 7, 2018, 3:07 pm

      @Jack Green

      Speaking of “Agricultural terrorism”

      Over the years Israel’s Jewish National Fund (JNF) planted about 260 million pine trees (not indigenous to Palestine) on confiscated Palestinian land. At the same time, the JNF uprooted millions of indigenous Palestinian olive trees. The JNF’s chief purpose was to hide the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages and their history.

      Predictably, the pine trees were unable to adapt to Palestine’s dry climate.
      According to JNF statistics, 60% of the pine saplings did not survive. The pine trees that did survive soon constituted firetraps and lead to deadly, massive forest fires by the end of each summer.

      Rather than admit their utter stupidity, Israel’s leaders, including current PM,
      Netanyahu, choose to blame the inevitable catastrophe on the native Palestinians.

    • Bumblebye on June 7, 2018, 6:34 pm

      Agricultural terrorism: israeli theft of hundreds of thousands of acres of Palestinian farmland, passed on to militant settlers after being taken for ‘military’ use. Now farmed and/or built all over for strictly Jewish israeli gain. A WAR crime.
      Thousands of acres of Palestinian crops destroyed annually by avaricious settlers supported by iof – or israeli military themselves driving military vehicles over them.
      Malicious avaricious settlers outright stealing ripe crops from Palestinian farmers fields.
      Malicious settlers killing and maiming – and stealing – Palestinian livestock.

      oh, but! sez green, they didn’t burn them so they didn’t contribute to global warming!
      And in his pea sized ethnic-supremacist heart, jack thinks to himself that none of it’s stolen, it’s redeemed for his exclusive kind from people who have no rights and don’t warrant any.

  5. Kay24 on June 7, 2018, 5:55 am

    These filthy murderers are who our politicians keeps supporting.

    Here is Andrew Cuomo, who seems to have presidential aspirations, as he continues to kiss up to Israel. The last time Israel attacked Gaza, Cuomo made a special trip to kiss Netanyahu’s feet.

    • Cazador on June 7, 2018, 10:41 am


      Israel receives a yearly gift of 4 billon$$$ from the US of Aggression. Even if it only took only 10%, or even 1%, of that wealth to invest into US politicians lack of conscience so they’ll obey and kneel to kiss, there would be plenty left to buy all important Americans with influence to control the US’ obedience to Israel…

      • Kay24 on June 7, 2018, 11:38 am

        Israel gets away with murder and theft of lands because the US enables them. Without that support Israel would be nothing.

      • MHughes976 on June 7, 2018, 12:54 pm

        Our courts in the UK have just given a helping hand by overturning on appeal the legal attempt to prohibit BDS by local authorities. All roads lead uphill.

  6. Ossinev on June 7, 2018, 7:13 am

    @Jack Green
    “Agricultural terrorism”. LOL. The most moral have F16`s tanks and of course elite supremely moral snipers who apparently have difficulty hitting barn doors at five paces and the Gazans in the concentration camp you know just like those brave resistance fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto have to resort to DIY resistance measures to make the point that they will not be terrorised and slaughtered at will and that they have the right to return to and claim the land which was taken from them by a bunch of low lifes. How many Israelis have been injured or killed by this “agricultural terrorism”? I think you and your fellow Zioterrorists are just pissed off that these kites perhaps are preventing Ziopicnics overlooking the live killing fields in Gaza. Such a hoot,absolutely free and makes a great day out for all the Ziofamily.

    And “contributing to global warming” FFS!!! I suppose this will in due course be included in the Hasbara lexicon as “global warming terrorism”.

    You Zios are pathetic and would be considered hilarious if it wasn`t for the fact that you are pscyhopathic murderers just itching for and having your Ziorgasms with incremental final solution episodes.

  7. Ossinev on June 7, 2018, 7:33 am

    The supreme Zio war criminal Yahoo has been in London as part of his grand Bomb Iran Bomb Iran Bomb Bomb Iran tour and of course has had to face questions about the Gaza slaughterfest. Theresa May has come down on him like an ounce of bricks (as usual) really going out on a limb and saying that the UK is “concerned” about the loss of Palestinian lives = Third Reich standard appeasement. Now this must really have terrified Herr Yahoo. To be fair to Boris Johnson he actually called for a full and independent investigation into the deaths and injuries although he must know well that this was simply pissing into the wind.
    Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand stated the blunt truth and I hope that when it comes to the next election this is borne in mind by those in the UK who abhor Fascism and Nazism in all its forms and who support the Palestinians in their struggles against the psychopaths running the Zio regime:
    Corbyn’s message was read at a “Right of Return” demonstration attended by hundreds of anti-Israel activists in London on Tuesday.

    “In recent weeks, scores of unarmed Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces,” Corbyn said. “Hundreds have been wounded. Most are refugees or the families of refugees from what is now Israel, and they have been demonstrating for their right to return, week after week.”

    “The killing of Razzan Najjar, the 22-year-old medical volunteer shot by an Israeli sniper in Gaza on Friday, is the latest tragic reminder of the outrageous and indiscriminate brutality being meted out, under orders from the Netanyahu government,” he continued. “The silence, or worse support, for this flagrant illegality, from many Western governments, including our own, has been shameful.”

    “The UK government’s decision not to support either a UN commission of inquiry into the shocking scale of killings of civilian protesters in Gaza, or the more recent UN resolution condemning indiscriminate Israeli use of force — and calling for the protection of Palestinians — is morally indefensible,” Corbyn went on to say. “Britain, which is a permanent UN Security Council member and has a particular responsibility for a peaceful and just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, should ensure there is a credible independent investigation, genuine accountability and effective international action to halt the killings — and bring Gaza’s ever-deepening humanitarian crisis to an end.”

  8. Ossinev on June 7, 2018, 1:13 pm

    “Without that support Israel would be nothing”

    Exactly and the real timeline IMO for the beginning of that support and the Ziofascist two fingered salute to International Law and moral civilised behaviour was June 1967 when they deliberately attacked the USS Liberty and murdered 34 defenceless US sailors and wounded a further 171.
    The US President Lyndon Johnson (remember a Democrat not a mad GOP freak) to keep Jewish donors on side pre re-election deliberately conspired with the Israelis to cover up what was a blatant attack on the United States of America and a horrendous war crime against non combattants in a war.Subsequently there was a frenetic scramble to silence the surviving witnesses and to suppress information about the attack. They even arranged for a massive external repair job on the vessel in Malta so that when it eventually returned to the US the evidence of the savagery of the attack had been effectively covered up as well (as in all shell ,bullet and missile holes replated and painted).

    This incident ranks way up there as one of the most shameful epiodes in American history with the President and his acolytes effectively trashing the bravery and the memory of the killed and wounded and their families. It is equally shameful that the citizens of the Land of the Free have never en masse demanded a full and proper investigation to include testimony from the survivors and the Israelis . The cover up is still in full swing:

    The basic message to the Zios was hey if it suits your purposes you can attack and kill American citizens including American military personnel and get away with it – so us puppet Americans are hardly going to make a fuss when it comes to the slaughter of Untermenschen Arabs.

    Still it is always worth bearing in mind that the Zios are so blinded by Nazi levels of arrogance and sense of impunity that they will at some point over step the mark and their special relationship with the US will evaporate at a stroke.

    And always focus on the simple fact that Zioland is a piddly little country the size of Wales – as they are frequently desperate to point out ( but nb without the hearts and courage and proud culture of the Welsh). There are approximately 6 million Israeli Jews inc occupied territory settlers (the terminally mad ones) the majority of them clinically insane. There are 2 million Israeli Arab citizens within Zioland`s non declared borders and in Gaza and the West Bank approx 4 million Palestinian Arabs. Zioland is surrounded on all sides excepting the sea by Muslims Arabs who basically have a visceral hatred for them which the Zio land thieves and murderers have richly earned. All the Nukes , F35`s,F16`s ,tanks,submarines,cluster bombs and blind as bats elite snipers in the world does not change the simple fact that Zioland is essentiall f….ed. It has constructed and continues to “strengthen” fortress Zioland but effectively has created it`s very own Zio prison with the inevitable interbreeding of bloodlines and a daily diet of Zio brainwashing.

    If I were one of the few remaining decent and moral Israeli Jews I would get myself and my family out of this fantasy hell hole while there is a chance.

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