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Ahmad Erekat, 27, was killed on his sister's wedding day. Photo: Social Media.

On Monday, 13 July 2020, 83 Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations from across 16 countries submitted a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures on the extrajudicial execution and wilful killing of Ahmad Mustafa Erekat, 26, by the Israeli occupying forces, in cooperation with the Erekat family, urging international justice and accountability for Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy targeting Palestinians.

Ahmed Erekat and his sister Iman before her wedding (Photo: Twitter)

Ahmed Erekat. Twenty-seven years old, executed on the eve of his sister’s planned wedding, two weeks before his own. He was born, lived, and died, under a brutal, merciless occupation. Honor his life, and that of all Palestinians–under occupation, under apartheid, under siege, and in exile–by not normalizing Israel’s egregious crimes.

Ahmad Erekat, 27, was killed on his sister's wedding day. Photo: Social Media.

Ahmad Erekat, 27, was killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday outside Bethlehem while on his way to celebrate his sister’s wedding. Family and friends are in shock. “It’s tragic,” Dr. Abdallah Abu Hilal, a friend of the family, tells Mondoweiss. “To see the house all decorated, and ready for a wedding. And then to see what was supposed to be the wedding hall, now turned into a wake.”