Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint shot Abdullah Samih Ahmad Qalalwa, age 25, in the chest, then denied him medical assistance. Their reasons for attacking him are implausible.
reposted from IMEMC – the International Middle East Media Center, February 4, 2023
On Friday, Israeli troops invaded several parts of the West Bank, and killed a young man at the Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources reported that the soldiers shot Abdullah Samih Ahmad Qalalwa, 25, with a live round in the chest.
Abdullah, a married father of a newborn baby boy, worked in the surveying department (Land Authority) of the Palestinian Authority. His brother, Ibrahim, works for Palestine TV.
The Israeli army claimed that Abdullah tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon, an allegation frequently used by the army in similar cases, and could not be substantiated.
After shooting the young man, the soldiers left him bleeding on the ground without first aid and refused to allow Palestinian medics to reach him until he bled to death.
The army also alleged that the soldiers shot the Palestinian in the legs, but when the Palestinian medics took him to a hospital in Nablus, the doctors found out that he was shot in the chest.
Abdullah Qalalwa was from Al-Jadida village, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
After receiving news of his death, his mother was rushed to a hospital after suffering shock.
In addition to killing Abdullah, Israeli forces also injured several Palestinians with live ammunition in Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, and Beit Dajan, east of Nablus.
Several Palestinian protesters were injured by gunshot wounds. At the same time, dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Three Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens suffered tear gas inhalation during the Israeli suppression of the weekly peaceful anti-settlement march in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya.
The weekly protest has gone on for nearly two decades, demanding the opening of the village street, which Israeli forces closed nineteen years ago in order to colonize the village land.
Dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation as a result of the Israeli forces suppressing the weekly anti-settlement march in Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, which has been organized since October 2020, to reject the establishment of a settlement outpost in the northeastern area of the village lands.
Three civilians suffered from pepper gas, as Israeli forces and settlers attacked participants in a peaceful agricultural event condemning settlements in the town of Tuqu’, southeast of Bethlehem. This is another area where Israeli colonizers have been taking over Palestinian land, and locals have organized weekly protests for the past several years.
In addition, Israeli settlers fenced off areas of Yanun land, belonging to the town of Aqraba, south of Nablus, under the protection of the Israeli army.
The Israeli military occupation and its settlers control more than 85% of the lands of Yanun, surrounded by five settlements and outposts, which are expanding at the expense of Palestinian citizens’ lands.
All Israeli settlements are a violation of international law and have been condemned by numerous UN resolutions.
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.
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