Israel’s “shoot first” policy leads to 2 more Palestinian deaths

Israel’s “shoot first” policy leads to 2 more Palestinian deaths

Mohammad Ali, age 16, was fatally shot as he ran away from Israeli soldiers; Aref Lahlouh, age 20, was fatally shot after he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier – the soldier was uninjured, but Lahlouh was shot and denied medical attention. These are the 18th and 19th Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israel in the first 25 days of 2023.

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Youth In Jerusalem

reposted from IMEMC January 25, 2023

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed Wednesday the death of a Palestinian minor who Israeli Border Police officers shot in Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Mohammad Ali, age 16
Mohammad Ali, age 16 (photo)

The Health Ministry said the youth, Mohammad Ali, 16, was fatally wounded during protests that took place when the army invaded the refugee camp to demolish the home of a slain Palestinian.

Israeli media said the teen aimed a toy gun at the soldiers and border police officers, but they shot and killed him “because they didn’t know it was fake.”

The Israeli “Border Police” claimed there was no way to know the gun was fake because it “looked real,” but could not negate the facts, captured on police video, clearly showing the child being shot while running away, after already dropping the “gun.”

Israeli daily, Jerusalem Post, said the police later discovered that the gun was a dummy, adding that although the officers could not have been sure it was a toy gun in advance, it remains “unclear whether the killing was justified, given that at the moment he was hit, the youth had thrown away the “weapon” and was running away.

It stated that a response from the police failed to address the issue of the slain youth being shot after dropping the toy gun and fleeing but said he “showed open signs of presenting a threat.”

The Israeli army refused to comment on the fatal shooting and only stated that even though the soldiers were there, the “incident is managed by the border police, not the military, because it took place in East Jerusalem, not other parts of the West Bank.

Mohammad Ali was officially pronounced dead after he was taken to Hadassah Israeli medical center in Jerusalem. His family tried to take his body for burial, but their request was denied.

Furthermore, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the shoulder and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Qalqilia

reposted from IMEMC, January 25, 2023

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian after an alleged ‘stabbing attack’ near the illegal Kedumim colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands near Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Aref Abdul-Nasser Lahlouh, age 20
Aref Abdul-Nasser Lahlouh, age 20 (photo)

The Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee said the young man is Aref Abdul-Nasser Lahlouh, 20, from the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

In a statement, the Israeli army claimed that the young man, reportedly carrying a knife, arrived at the military roadblock near Kedumim colony, and attempted to stab a soldier before other soldiers shot him.

It stated the Palestinian reportedly “chased a soldier who fired at him, causing him to fall on the ground, but managed to get up and run towards him again before he was fatally shot. The army said no soldiers were hurt in the incident.

Furthermore, the soldiers refused to allow Palestinian medics to approach the young man or take his corpse away.

A few hours after killing him, the soldiers abducted his father, Abdul-Nasser, while crossing a military back on his way back home.

His death brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire in the first 25 days of this year to nineteen, including four minors.

  1. January 25, 2023: Aref Abdul-Rahman Lahlouh, 22.
  2. January 19, 2023: Tareq Odah Yousef Ma’ali, 42,
  3. January 19, 2023: Jawad Farid Hussein Bawaqna, 58.
  4. January 19, 2023: Adham Mohammad Bassem Jabarin, 26.
  5. January 17, 2023: Hamdi Shaker Abdullah Abu Dayya, 40
  6. January 16, 2023: Amro Khaled Al-Khmour, 14.
  7. January 15, 2023: Ahmad Hasan Kahala, 45.
  8. January 14, 2023: Yazan Samer Ja’bari, 19.
  9. January 14, 2023: Amjad Adnan Khaliliyya, 23.
  10. January 14, 2023: Ezzeddin Bassem Hamamra, 24.
  11. January 12, 2023: Habib Mohammad Kamil, 25.
  12. January 12, 2023: Abdul-Hadi Fakhri Nazzal, 18.
  13. January 12, 2023: Samir Awni Aslan, 41.
  14. January 11, 2023: Ahmad Amer Abu Jneid, 21.
  15. January 11, 2023: Sanad Mohammad Samamra, 19.
  16. January 05, 2023: Amer Abu Zeitoun, 16.
  17. January 03, 2023: Adam Essam Ayyad, 15.
  18. January 02, 2023: Fuad Mohammad ‘Aabed, 17.
  19. January 02, 2023: Mohammad Samer Houshiyya, 22.

    International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC)

For a complete list of Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, please visit Israel-Palestine Timeline  

NOTE: The entire West Bank has been under Israeli occupation since 1967; all its official entrances and exits are controlled by Israeli soldiers, making its Palestinian inhabitants virtual prisoners. Many are families that were ethnically cleansed from Israel during Israel’s founding war (see this and this and this). Israeli forces often invade them; one example is here.

Israel was established in 1947 through a war of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population, both Muslims and Christians, and it continues to steal other people’s land for illegal colonies known as ‘settlements.’ While Palestinians most often use nonviolent resistance, a small number use armed resistance against the invaders.

Thanks to the pro-Israel lobby in the US, Congress disburses over $20 million per day of Americans’ tax money directly to and/or on behalf of Israel.



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