For eight years, the residents of the northern occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum have protested every single Friday, rain or shine, against Israeli land confiscations and the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces.

The villagers have faced their fair share of bullets, tear gas, injuries, and even death. But nothing could have prepared them for what happened on Friday, July 12, when Israeli snipers set their sights on 10-year-old Abdul Rahman Shteiwi.

It was a normal summer Friday in the village. Following the conclusion of the afternoon prayers, residents gathered in the sweltering heat and began their march, as they always did, from the town center towards the nearby Israeli settlement of Kedumim.

They carried posters and Palestinian flags, and chanted slogans demanding that the village’s road be opened.

Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, 10, was shot in the head by Israeli forces in Kafr Qaddum on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Murad Shteiwi)

“Our protests are always non-violent. We are armed only with signs and flags,” Murad Shteiwi, head of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum told Mondoweiss.

“At most, sometimes the young men throw stones in response to the soldiers, but that’s it. Never more than that.”

It wasn’t long, Shteiwi said, before the demonstration divulged into more violent confrontations, with Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and sound bombs into the crowd.

“But this Friday, they were using live ammunition, and they weren’t just firing it in the air. They were firing it at the people,” he told Mondoweiss, adding that there were Israeli snipers targeting people.

All of a sudden, the villagers saw Abdul Rahman fall to the ground, blood spilling from his head. “He wasn’t even at the front of the clashes, there were tons of other young men in front of him. But they aimed at the child on purpose and shot him,” Shteiwi recounted.

After driving Abdul Rahman to the nearest hospital 20 kilometers away, Nablus’ Rafidia Surgical Hospital, he was rushed into surgery, where doctors spent three hours trying to control the bleeding and stabilize him.

Doctors told the boy’s family that he was shot with an expanding live bullet that exploded into more than 100 fragments after it lodged in his head, wreaking havoc on his brain and causing severe damage to three major blood vessels.

“The doctors told us that by the way he was shot, and the kind of bullet he was shot with, it is clear that the soldiers’ intention was to kill. Abdul Rahman was not supposed to live,” Shteiwi told Mondoweiss.

Middle East Eye quoted an Israeli army spokeswoman as saying that soldiers “used riot dispersal means” in the town, when questioned about the shooting of Abdul Rahman.

According to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), whose activists were present on Friday’s protest, Israeli forces denied the use of live ammunition.

However, the group said in a statement that its activists “found a 5.56 bullet case on the ground where protesters had been standing some 15 minutes before. The case was hot to the touch suggesting it had been fired that afternoon. Dozens more bullet cases were also found by villagers following the protest.”

Shteiwi insists that the shooting was intentional. “The sniper was professional, he knew what he was doing. This could not have been an accident, or just crowd control as they say,” he told Mondoweiss.

‘Indescribable feeling’

Since his surgery, Abdul Rahman was transferred to the Tel HaShomer hospital in Tel Aviv, where he has remained in a coma. His father has remained by his side and has been giving updates to the town on his son’s condition.

Shteiwi, a relative of the family, says that the entire village has been in mourning since Friday, with shops shuttering their doors, and others canceling their weddings.

“Everyone is distraught,” Shteiwi said, adding that Abdul Rahman’s mother had just undergone open heart surgery two weeks before her son was shot. “Just since Friday, we have had to take her to the hospital three times because her health keeps deteriorating,” he said.

Murad Shteiwi is a Kafr Qaddum native, and the northern West Bank coordinator of the popular resistance committee.(Photo courtesy of Murad Shteiwi)

Shteiwi told Mondoweiss that he could not begin to describe the pain of Abdul Rahman’s parents, even though it is one he himself knows well.

“My own son was shot in the leg during protests once,” he said. “The pain of watching your son get shot in front of you, it is indescribable.”

A history of violent suppression

Ever since the villagers of Kafr Qaddum began their weekly marches in 2011, they have been met with violent suppression by Israeli forces.

In the first three years, between 2011-2014, Shteiwi says two residents were disabled for life after being badly injured by Israeli forces.

One man was shot in the mouth with a tear gas canister, fracturing the bones in his face and jaw to the point where he has been unable to speak since. Another, Shteiwi says, was shot in his eyes with a rubber bullet, blinding him.

In 2014, the village was shook when a 75-year-old man participating in the demonstration suffocated and died from tear gas inhalation. He was the first “martyr” from the village.

Before 2014, Shteiwi says that soldiers used rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters. But from 2014-2016, they began employing the widespread use of .22 caliber bullets, or “tutu bullets.”

The Israeli army had long classified .22 caliber rifles as crowd control weapons, but in 2001, they were banned by the Israel military advocate general as a means for crowd dispersal due to the fact that, while small, they can be lethal.

Shteiwi estimates that more than 85 people from Kafr Qaddum were injured with “tutu bullets” between 2014-2016, a large part of them children under the age of 18.

Child hit by teargas canister is taken away at Kafr Qaddum

“After we put so much pressure on the Israelis through the media and the international community, after 2016 they stopped using the tutu bullets as much,” Shteiwi said.

But at the beginning of this year, the villagers noticed the soldiers’ method of “crowd control” take a deadly turn.

“They have started to use live bullets a lot more. Just in january, they shot five guys with live bullets. One kid was shot in the neck and was in critical condition,” Shteiwi said.

In general, he said, soldiers have been shooting live ammunition into the air above the crowds. But on Friday, they were aiming directly at the people.

Why are children at the protests?

Over the years, Shteiwi has been interviewed by countless foreign journalists in regards to the protests in Kafr Qaddum.

One of the most common questions he is asked, when the injury of a child is involved, is “why was the child participating in such activities” that are known to get violent?

Expressing his frustration over such questions, which he says play into the hands of the Israeli occupation, Shteiwi told Mondoweiss: “When people ask why kids are participating, its because they are protesting what they see, what they experience every day under occupation. They feel that they are in a jail, and don’t have basic rights to live. They see that every day, so why wouldn’t they protest?”

“Our message to the international community, is when things like this happen, don’t ask why kids are in the protests, and blame us for what happens to our kids,” he continued.

“Ask instead, what are the circumstances that are forcing children to go protest in the first place? That  is where you will find your answer.”

Martyr and 30 wounded on the Gaza Strip border on Friday

Gaza city, (Gaza News)  A Palestinian civilian was killed and 30 others were injured during Friday’s march on the 59th anniversary of the march.

The Ministry of Health announced the death of Abdullah Juma ‘Abd al-Aal, 24, from wounds he sustained during marches today east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.




According to our correspondent, thousands of people began to flock to the five return camps east of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at peaceful demonstrators. According to the Ministry of Health, 30 citizens were injured, including four children and a paramedic.

The Supreme National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege has called on the people of the Gaza Strip to participate in the day and raise the banner of “united against the deal”.

She stressed that participation “emphasizes our rejection of all the projects of the Palestinian cause, foremost of which is the deal of the century.”

The Authority confirmed the peaceful march and its popular character, warning the Israeli occupation against committing any folly against peaceful demonstrators.



 

Israeli warplanes targeted a home in Eastern Gaza killing a pregnant woman and her child.
The Gaza Health Ministry have confirmed the death of, 1 year old, Seba Arar and her pregnant mother Falasteen Arar (37 years old) after Israeli warplanes targeted their home in Eastern Gaza Strip, two sisters were also critically injured in the attack.




In the past 24 hours, Israel has injured upwards of 100 Palestinians and killed 7, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

BELOW ARE THE NAMES OF THOSE MARTYRED:

1. Seba Abu Arar (1 year 2 months old)

2. Falasteen Arar (37 yrs old and pregnant)

3. Raed Abu Tair (19 yrs old)

4. Emad Nasser (22 yrs old)

5. Alaa Al-Boubali (29 yrs old)

6. Ramzi Abdo (31 yrs old)

7. Abdullah Abu Malouh (33 yrs old)




The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have responded with the firing of 300 rockets into Israel, no Israelis have been killed.

Israel has used drones, artillery, warships, warplanes, tanks and helicopter strikes against Gaza. The strikes are ongoing and every section of Gaza has been struck, including notably homes and a university, critically injuring scores.

The situation is ongoing.

A Palestinian child who went missing on Tuesday was eventually found in ‘Ofer’ prison, after Israeli soldiers kidnapped him from his village, Dir Nitham, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and his family was never informed.

The child, Ramez Tamimi, 14, was kidnapped by Israeli soldiers during an invasion into his village, and the army never informed the family, the Red Cross, the District Coordination office or any other department that they have taken him prisoner.

The family started searching for their missing child on the same day of his abduction, and contacted the Palestinian police, the Palestinian District Coordination Office, and various departments, and a day later, the Israeli army said they have him in prison.

The child was kidnapped by the soldiers after three days of constant military invasions, and violent searches of Palestinian homes, including his family’s home, in the village.

The army is now claiming that the child is one of many Palestinians who are protesting in the village, and “involved in throwing stones at army jeeps and settlers’ cars,” on the main bypass road near the village.

Despite his young age, the child is a former political prisoner, who was abducted by and detained by soldiers two years ago from the village’s mosque, after the army invaded it.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army have abducted dozens of Palestinians from the village in the year 2018, among them more than twenty children, many of them were taken prisoner after the soldiers frequently stormed their school, fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to attacking many students and teachers.

The Israeli army also frequently closes the main entrance of the village with iron gates, which were again closed three days ago, and were never reopened, forcing the villagers to use one road that passes near Halamish illegal colony, built on private Palestinian lands.

This led to numerous attacks by the colonists against the Palestinians and their cars, in addition to the roadblocks frequently installed by the soldiers who stop the residents, search them along with their cars, in addition to interrogating many of them and holding them for several hours.

On Friday, 21 December 2018, the Israeli army murdered five Palestinians, one of whom was disabled, and a 16-year-old, and wounded another 42-temporary-with live ammunition.
A dramatic end of year 2018 for the Palestinians of Gaza!
It’s terrible!


Until when are these Israeli massacres against our youth and our people?
These Palestinians were demonstrating peacefully near the security buffer zones imposed by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip’s borders.
More than 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza massively resembled this Friday, December 21, 2018 for the 39th week of the great “March of Return” on the borders-on Friday of “Tribute to Resistance in the West Bank” – in a non-violent initiative in order to show the Palestinians’ attachment to their land, that the right of return is sacred to all the Palestinian people, and to demand the lifting of the inhumane Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers on the border opened fire killing five people and injuring forty-two
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Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people continue!
The demonstrators and despite the brutality of the Israeli occupation forces, the real bullets, the tear gas of the occupier, are more than ever determined to continue this type of action. They develop non-violent strategies in the face of this blind occupation
They defy Israeli soldiers with their Palestinian flags in their hands and their peaceful actions.
Shame on this illegal occupation!
Shame on this apartheid state!
Shame on these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians!
Shame on this inhuman and deadly Israeli blockade!
Shame on this official international community complicit!
Long live solidarity!
Gaza under blockade resists
Gaza dignity persists
And Gaza the hope exists!
Gaza the brave defies the occupation!
Gaza the abandoned lives!
Gaza the worthy is more than ever determined!
Here, our land and here, our Palestine!
The struggle continues !
Palestine will live!
Justice will triumph!


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Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people continue!
The demonstrators and despite the brutality of the Israeli occupation forces, the real bullets, the tear gas of the occupier, are more than ever determined to continue this type of action. They develop non-violent strategies in the face of this blind occupation
They defy Israeli soldiers with their Palestinian flags in their hands and their peaceful actions.
Shame on this illegal occupation!
Shame on this apartheid state!
Shame on these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians!
Shame on this inhuman and deadly Israeli blockade!
Shame on this official international community complicit!
Long live solidarity!
Gaza under blockade resists
Gaza dignity persists
And Gaza the hope exists!
Gaza the brave defies the occupation!
Gaza the abandoned lives!
Gaza the worthy is more than ever determined!
Here, our land and here, our Palestine!
The struggle continues !
Palestine will live!
Justice will triumph!

Most of these people really want
Harvest their olive trees
As they have done for hundreds of years.
Most of these people really want to raise their kids
Not throwing stones
Or Molotov cocktails,
But to study in peace,
Play in peace,
And brandish a flag.
A flag.
Their flag.
And face this flag, cry,

The magnitude of Israeli human rights violations against the
Palestinian people has been well documented by independent scholars,
and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations such as
the United Nations, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.

They are brave(Zionist soldiers) but only in front of women and unarmed children.

Israel not only massacres civilians in Gaza but ensures thatthose who remain alive will suffer greatly not only due to the Siege butbecause Israel repeatedly destroys Gaza’s infrastructure depriving Gazans ofelectricity, clean water, baked bread, and hospital care. If Israel doesn’tkill you directly it will make sure you starve and suffer slowly till you die

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chorook 22 years old gaza

chorook 22 years old gaza




“At ten, hemophilia began to penetrate my blood, and my immunity began to weaken somewhat. I spent most of my childhood in the hospital isolation rooms. I remember that my mother could not enter those rooms to relieve me, she was waving through the glass with her hands all the time. The same thing happened in my childhood if I were to spend one holiday outside the hospital, and thanks to the daily conversations between me and the doctors and doctors who turned to provide medical care to me I loved medicine, I planted a dream in Bali, to become a neurologist. , But worsened h Which is more, and this reflected on my average, who did not help me to enter medicine, so I joined the specialty of nursing, which is closest to what I was carrying a dream .. ”

chorook 22 years old gaza

 




ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏شخص واحد‏، و‏‏جلوس‏‏‏

“From the first moment I followed Israel’s repression of unarmed young people on the Gaza border, and fatal injuries with explosive bullets, I committed myself to go to the nearest border post to rescue the wounded there, better than keeping my house locked or feeling bad, feeling that you have something to offer while you abstain. The first ambulance over the past months to more than 400 injured, and the recovery of two injured until I broke the bullet of an Israeli sniper chest and emerged from my back a week ago, my lungs were damaged a lot and almost doctors would be removed if not for the kindness of God I am breathing now by an industrial tube and I do not know for any reason they intended to hit me, And I am That waiting for pain: not only interested to save the lives of others … I am very scared, I have a beautiful old kid and a half years to come back to him and hugged him .



How the occupation kill 3 citizens and 7 injured in critical condition

A black cloud covered the area of the security fence east of the town of Khuza’a east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The demonstrators threw a large number of rubber tires to cover the Israeli occupation center, behind dirt barriers inside the fence.

n those moments, demonstrators chose to move to a new place to demonstrate east of the town of Khuza’a, thinking that it would reduce the amount of human losses, but the occupation army pushed dozens of soldiers to the place; and they were shot directly without prior warning or warning.

With each caliber, demonstrators were running towards a person who fell to the ground to find him in the upper part of the body. They carried him on their shoulders, thinking that he had been martyred, and ambulances could not transport all the injuries. Every minute a number of demonstrators were killed.

The first victim was a woman in her forties, with the Palestinian flag under the cover of the burning tires. An Israeli sniper shot her in the back. At the same time, a young man was shot in the thigh.

Demonstrators intensified the firing of tires to cover the occupation soldiers, who did not use any gas bomb unusually in the weekly demonstrations. The loudspeakers were loud and loud in the ranks of the demonstrators, and with them the bullets of live ammunition rose, and the toll of injuries increased even more, most of them in the upper part of the body.

 

A young man was wounded in the stomach, another in the chest, a third in the neck, a fourth in his mouth, a fifth in the head, a sixth in his heart, and so on.

The demonstrators were not only fired at, but the demonstrators fired at a point about 300 meters from the security fence, an area considered safe for demonstrators.

A 14-year-old boy fell to the ground as he stood between the demonstrators and the security fence. As he was getting out of the area, another man heard a young man in the mouth.

UNRWA’s closure plan in Jerusalem .. How do refugees hurt?

The girl woke up early in the morning, got up from her bed to wear her planned school uniform in white and green, and wrapped her hair in a ponytail on her back and went to her UNRWA school in the Bab al-Magharba neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

organized with her colleagues in the morning queue and then proceeded to reveal her fears of the recent decision of the Israeli mayor Nir Barakat to close all UNRWA schools in Jerusalem at the end of the current academic year.


UNRWA’s closure plan in Jerusalem .. How do refugees hurt?

She looked coherent when she knew about herself and said she was currently studying in seventh grade and joined this school in the first grade. But the hushja soon appeared in her voice when she talked about her feelings about the school. “Here is my home and my second family, It is our right to learn in the place we have chosen. ”

“I have learned to read and write and do not belong anywhere else,” Nur said. “The option to attend a municipal school was available, but my parents, as well as my school enrollment, are affiliated with the agency, and I will try to stay there. “sHe said.

UNRWA schools




The three students, together with 50 other students in this school, are studying from the first to the ninth grades and are now threatened with closure, as well as six UNRWA schools in the occupied city, with some 1,800 students studying.

According to the statement issued by the municipality of the occupation, Barakat plans to build municipal schools to accommodate these students, especially those who are educated in UNRWA schools in the Shuafat refugee camp, claiming that it is the only camp in the West Bank that is within the municipal jurisdiction.

There are three UNRWA schools in the camp, two for females and one for males, with a total of 850 students.

We left the Maghrabi neighborhood school in Silwan and went to the UNRWA clinic near Bab al-Sahera in the Old City of Jerusalem. The mayor’s plan is aimed at all the agency’s institutions in the city, and aims to liquidate it and stop its work.

We met with Halima Za’atara (70 years old) with the identity of the West Bank. She was forced to cross military checkpoints to receive free treatment at the Agency’s clinic.

“If I shut down this medical facility, thousands of Palestinians will depend on it for disaster,” Halima said. “I brought my children from a very young age to treatment here and receive vaccinations.