• Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill a Palestinian at Protest Near Nablus
    Dec 11, 2021 – – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/soldiers-kill-a-palestinian-at-protest-near-nablus

    Israeli soldiers killed, on Friday, a young Palestinian man at the weekly protest in Beita town, southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, medical sources have confirmed.

    The head of the Emergency and Ambulance Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Ahmad Jibril, told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that the army opened live fire at non-violent demonstrators on Sbeih Mountain, killing one young man, and causing at least sixty-eight cases of inhalation injuries from tear gas.

    The slain young man, identified as Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31 , was struck in the head with a live round, and transferred by ambulance to hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to his critical wounds shortly after arrival.

    Palestinian youths have been protesting for months in rejection of Israel’s expansion of its illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank in contravention of International Law.

    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

    • In New Crime of Excessive Use of Force, IOF Kill Palestinian in Bita Village, Nablus
      Date: 11 December 2021 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
      https://pchrgaza.org/en/in-new-crime-of-excessive-use-of-force-iof-kill-palestinian-in-bita-villag

      In New Crime of Excessive Use of Force, IOF Kill Palestinian in Bita Village, Nablus
      In new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed yesterday afternoon a Palestinian civilian during the suppression of a peaceful protest Bita village, southeast of Nablus.
      (...)
      As a result, the wounded was taken to the field hospital in Bita village and then referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00. The murdered was later identified as Jamil Jamal Ahmed Abu ‘Ayyash (32), from Bita village.

      An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

      “An Israeli soldier fired 2 bullets from 40 to 50 meters on the top of the Mount; one of the bullets was in the air while the other hit Jamil Abu ‘Ayyash, who was in front of the soldier trying to turn back and fled away. Meanwhile, Abu ‘Ayyash did not pose any imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives. Abu ‘Ayyash was shot in the back of the head and fell on the ground. Protesters carried him while his head was open and bleeding. He was put in a Palestinian ambulance and taken to the field hospital in the area. He was referred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where he was announced dead at 16:00.” (...)

      This victim is the nineth Palestinian shot dead by IOF during suppression of peaceful protests in Bita village since the establishment of the settlement outpost. (...)

    • Jamil protested against the takeover of his family’s land, and was shot dead by the IDF
      Gideon Levy, Alex Levac | Dec. 24, 2021 | Haaretz.com
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/twilight-zone/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-jamil-protested-against-takeover-of-his-family-

      ? Ayyash and Rami at the place where their brother was killed.Credit: Alex Levac

      He was the eighth casualty in recent months from the village of Beita

      The car lurched from side to side as it ascended the rough dirt road, the wind swirling and howling around it. Israel Defense Forces bulldozers have already started to block this road, but it’s still navigable. When we stopped at the top of the hill, the car was rocking and the doors could barely be opened against the powerful blustery wind. Indeed, this week’s winter storm, dubbed Carmel, also pounded the remote hill the Palestinians call Huti, a rise of olive trees that is across from Mount Sabih, which, to their outrage, is the site of the settler outpost Evyatar. A few hundred meters separate the two hills – between the torn Israeli flag hoisted as a provocation on what the locals call “Jabal al-Sabih” amid the settlers’ buildings, and the flag of Palestine that residents of the village of Beita also hoisted as a provocation, across the way. Two flags tattered by the wind, one opposite the other. The outsize Hanukkah menorah planted by the encroaching settlers is still in place, along with the row of trailer homes and watchtowers.

      The soil on the Huti hilltop is saturated with the blood of Palestinian demonstrators, and scorched and sooty from the tires the protesters set ablaze here every Friday. Seven residents of the nearby village of Beita and one from the neighboring village of Yatma have been killed here by Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the seven months that have passed since the longtime activist-settler Daniella Weiss and her friends reestablished Evyatar in May. The site was once an IDF outpost called Tapuhit, built on Beita’s land. Afterward, in 2013, the original outpost of Evyatar was established there without authorization; it was subsequently evacuated and demolished. Today the structures erected by the settlers of the new Evyatar remain in place – the outpost is uninhabited at present, except for some army troops that are guarding there – and the blood continues to be shed.

      The last time we came here was in September, to tell the story of the killing of another demonstrator from Beita, Muhammad Khabisa, 28, the father of an 8-month-old daughter. Before that we were here in August, to tell the story of the killing of Imad Duikat, 37, father of a 2-month-old daughter. In July, we were here because of the killing of Shadi Shurafi, a village plumber, who was fixing the valve on a water main out near the highway when he was shot to death by IDF troops. And in June, we visited the neighboring village of Yatma, to tell the story of the killing, during the same series of ongoing demonstrations, of Tareq Snobar, 41, who was a father for just two days of his life before being killed. When he was shot by Israeli soldiers using live fire from about 100 meters away, he was on the way to the hospital to pick up his wife and their newborn son, Omar, to bring them home. He never got there.

      That is not the whole roster of those killed in the Evyatar demonstrations. On Friday, December 10, there was an eighth fatality: Jamil Abu Ayyash, a 31-year-old carpenter from Beita, married, no children.

      We drove this week with two of Jamil’s brothers, Ayyash, 43, and Rami, 41, to see the place where their brother was cut down. At first they were apprehensive about making the trip, for fear of the army. A few days earlier, when they had driven there with a field researcher for a Palestinian human rights organization, two army jeeps suddenly appeared and blocked their way; the soldiers ordered them to leave.

      “Do you have protection for me?” Ayyash asked us and Abdulkarim Sadi, a field researcher for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, who was accompanying us. “We are trying now to avoid trouble, so that we can go on working in Israel,” Rami said. Finally the brothers, both still in mourning, summoned up the courage to go. They showed us where the soldiers had stood and where their brother had been on the hilltop, according to what they were told. Jamil had just gotten to the demonstration when he was shot in the head.

      The soldiers and their victim were a few hundred meters apart. The bullet penetrated Jamil’s forehead, created a narrow entry wound and exited from the back of his neck, creating a much more serious wound – a sign the bullet had exploded inside and decimated his brain. And yet he was still breathing when he was evacuated by an ambulance, which rushed him to Rafadiya Hospital in Nablus. At the time, his brother Ayyash, who lives in one of the last houses in the village, near the road leading up to the site of the demonstrations, was in his backyard, washing his car, together with his 2-year-old daughter, Sarah. The little girl, he relates, becomes upset at the wailing of sirens and they both got worried by the sight of the ambulance racing down the hill – and then someone in the vehicle gestured to him to follow them fast. Leaving Sarah behind, he sped in his car to Rafadiya, where he learned that the man who was dying of injuries in the ambulance was his brother Jamil. Another brother, Rami, in the nearby village of Huwara at the time, was summoned urgently to the hospital in Nablus. He also informed their parents, and they joined their sons.

      A boy is doing his homework on a table in the yard of his family’s home, in the biting cold. The house is at the edge of Beita, which lies south of Nablus. Jamal Abu Ayyash, the bereaved father, a 67-year-old farmer, is sitting in a corner of a room, his face grim, wearing a coat, a wool hat and several layers of clothes. In honor of the guests they turn on the small electric heater, which does little to stave off the cold. We very rarely see Palestinian homes with any heating systems. The bereaved mother, Hadara, 66, is wrapped in black, her face etched with agony. The couple had two daughters and four sons – until Jamil’s death. Ala, newly widowed, is not here.

      Jamil, a carpenter, worked in a large furniture-making workshop at the foot of the hill on which he was killed. Because he was the only one of the brothers who didn’t work in Israel, he went more often to the Friday demonstrations, while his brothers weren’t always in the village. But Jamil, too, wasn’t a regular at the demonstrations. The village’s previous fatal casualty, Muhammad Khabisa, was a member of the same hamula (clan), the Khabisa clan, but the two victims didn’t known each other.

      Jamal Abu Ayyash owns 20 dunams (5 acres) of farmland on the hill where Evyatar stands. The land was expropriated in the early 1980s for the establishment of the Tapuhit outpost, never to be returned, of course. From where we are now standing across the way, the brothers show us the spot on Jabal al-Sabih where their property is.

      On what would be the last day of his life, Jamil got up relatively late and went downstairs to his parents’ ground-floor apartment, as he did every morning. He then went into the village center to buy hummus and ful for breakfast, and at midday attended prayers in the mosque. He didn’t tell his parents that he intended to proceed to the demonstration, but taking part in the Friday protests is almost routine for most of the villagers.

      It was after 3 P.M. when Jamil was shot. Eyewitnesses told his family that he was standing on an elevated rock face, which made him an easy target for the soldiers. His wife, Ala, learned that he had been wounded on Facebook; the brothers and parents waited for news at the hospital. The efforts to revive Jamil went on until around 5 P.M., and then the physicians informed the family of his death. He was buried in the village cemetery that same evening.

      The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit initially denied – on the day of the incident – that the soldiers had used live fire and it made do with the generic announcement: “The claim about a Palestinian who was killed is known.”

      This week the spokesperson’s unit gave this response to a query from Haaretz: “On December 10, 2021, a violent disturbance took place adjacent to Evyatar Hill with the participation of hundreds of Palestinians who threw stones and rolled burning tires toward IDF and Border Police forces. Due to the event, a Military Police investigation was launched; upon its conclusion, its findings will be forwarded to the military prosecution. Understandably, no details can be provided about an investigation in progress.”

      This past Sunday, the bereaved brother Rami arrived for work on the construction of the light rail in Ramat Gan. He left home at 3 A.M., as usual, and arrived at 6, only to hear from the Druze foreman that he had been fired. Just like that, with no explanation. He told us he has no idea whether this has anything to do with the death of his brother. He asked no questions and returned home, mortified.

      On the way back from the hill where Jamil was killed, during our visit on Monday, as we drove down the dirt road toward the village, two young people, their faces unmasked, sprang out from behind the olive trees, a few meters away. One of them picked up a rock and aimed it at us. He was apparently intending to hurl it at our car, with its Israeli plates, from point-blank range. Then at the last minute he and his friend noticed the two bereaved brothers with us in the car – the pair rushed out of the vehicle to stop them. The rock fell to the ground and the youth smiled in embarrassment.

      We were told that they were from the “Guards of the Hill,” an activist group established by young people in Beita.

      As we drove away, we spied a pile of dozens of used tires, waiting by the roadside for the next demonstration.

  • Breaking| Israeli army kills young man in Beita protest
    September 24, 2021 - Quds News Network
    https://qudsnen.co/?p=29683

    Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Muhammad Khabisah (28 years old) has succumbed to wounds in the head that he sustained during the Israeli repression of a peaceful protest in Beita, the Ministry of Health said.

    The red Crescent had said that 38 protesters were wounded in the protest, eight of them were shot, including Khabisahwho had a serious head injury.

    The injuries also included 18 suffocation cases and three falling injuries and burns.

    Locals of Beita carry out weekly protests on Sabih mountain in protest against the construction of a new Israeli illegal outpost in their village.

    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

    • Une nuit avec les Défenseurs palestiniens de la montagne

      Publié 22 septembre 2021 ·
      https://charleroi-pourlapalestine.be/index.php/2021/09/22/une-nuit-avec-les-defenseurs-palestiniens-de-la-montagne

      Comme des milliers de gens, j’ai suivi leur histoire sur les médias sociaux où la campagne #SaveBeita (préservez Beita) a attiré de plus en plus de monde et a entretenu un soutien massif aux Défenseurs de la montagne à Beita.

      Mohammed el-Kurd, 15 septembre 2021 sur The Nation

      Beita, Palestine — L’horloge indique presque 22 heures. C’est un dimanche soir du mois d’août et les habitants de ce village palestinien du nord de la Cisjordanie occupée se rassemblent au mont Sabih, où un avant-poste de peuplement illégal a été installé au début mai. Ils se préparent pour ce qu’ils appellent les « perturbations nocturnes », un rituel de résistance qui n’a pas cessé un instant, mais qui a évolué sans arrêt depuis une centaine de jours. Son but est de rendre insupportable le séjour des colons sur leurs terres.

      Plus d’une centaine de personnes se sont rassemblées au sommet de la montagne, ce soir. Des enfants évoluent çà et là avec des torches artisanales. Des hommes de près de 80 ans sont assis jambes croisées sur de gros rochers et pointent des rayons laser d’un vert brillant sur l’avant-poste. Quelques jeunes s’entraînent avec leurs catapultes. D’autres brûlent des pneus. D’autres encore scandent des slogans. De temps à autre, on entend une explosion dans le lointain, parfois il s’agit d’une bombe incapacitante israélienne, parfois d’un fût industriel que les défenseurs font sauter pour surprendre les militaires. Un homme se balade à la ronde, proposant du café et de l’eau à la foule. On entend quelques rires, qui retombent lentement au fur et à mesure que les Défenseurs de la montagne arrivent sur les lieux.

      « Nous sommes les enfants de Beita, les Défenseurs de la montagne », dit l’un d’eux, qui doit avoir un peu plus de trente ans et dont le visage est emballé dans un keffieh afin de dissimuler son identité. (...)

    • “Israeli Soldiers Kill A Young Palestinian Man Near Nablus”
      Sep 24, 2021
      https://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-injure-dozens-of-palestinians-one-seriously-near-nablus

      Palestinian medical sources have confirmed, on Friday evening, that the seriously injured young man, who was shot by Israeli soldiers in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, has died from his wounds.

      The sources said the young man, identified as Mohammad Ali Khabisa, 28, from Beita town, was shot with a live round in the head, in Sbeih Mountain, and was rushed to the an-Najah Hospital, in Nablus, but succumbed to his very serious injuries.

      The slain young man is a married father of an infant girl, only eights months of age, and is the eighth to be killed in Sbeih Mountain since the protests started 140 days ago after illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost on private Palestinian lands.

      It is worth mentioning that, two weeks ago, the soldiers shot the young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head.

      During Friday protests, the soldiers also injured 29 Palestinians, including eight who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, 18 who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and two who suffered burns.

      Beita has been witnessing constant protests, and repeated Israeli military invasions and violations since the illegal Israeli colonizers occupied the top of Sbeih Mountain and installed an outpost they named “Avitar.”

    • IOF Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 2 Others in Beita Village, Nablus
      Date: 25 September 2021
      https://pchrgaza.org/en/iof-kill-palestinian-civilian-and-wound-2-others-in-beita-village-nablus

      Yesterday afternoon, 24 September 2021, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others; one is an elderly man, during their attack on a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus, northern West Bank.

      According to PCHR investigations, IOF directly shot the Palestinian civilian in his head from a distance of only 40 meters while there was no threat to the lives of IOF, eliminating any justification to the murder crime. This crime is yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.(...)

  • Hundreds take part in funeral of slain Beita resident Imad Dweikat
    August 6, 2021 - Quds News Network
    A Palestinian young man, on Wednesday, was pronounced dead from serious wounds he suffered a week ago after the army shot and seriously injured him in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Quds News Network reported.

    Medical sources stated that the young man, identified as Diaeddin Mohammad Sabarini, 25, has died, after he was shot by Israeli forces, three times in the upper body, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

    During an invasion of the industrial zone of Jenin, Israeli soldiers and undercover agents shot and wounded six Palestinians with live rounds, for resisting the incursion.

    Sabarini had been seriously injured after being shot in the abdomen, he was evacuated to a nearby Nablus hospital for urgent treatment where he succumbed to his critical gunshot wounds today.

    ~ QNN, WAFA
    Photo: QNN
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    https://qudsnen.co/?p=27977

    Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Hundreds of citizens took part in the funeral of Imad Dweikat (38 years old ) today. Dweikat, a father of five children, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers today.

    The funeral marched from Irfedia hospital in Nablus towards the house of the victim to allow his family to have a final look at him before he was buried.

    the participants chanted slogans against occupation. “Towards Jerusalem we will go.. millions of us” and “We die so that Palestine lives”, chanted the participants.

    Imad Dweikat (38 years old), a father of five children, the youngest of them is only two months old.

    Dweikat is Beita’s sixth victim since the start of the Israeli actions to build a settlement outpost on Sabih mountain.

    https://qudsnen.co/?p=27956
    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

    • Israeli Army Kills Palestinian near Nablus, Injures 37, Including a Journalist
      Aug 7, 2021
      https://imemc.org/article/israeli-army-kills-palestinian-near-nablus-injures-37-including-a-journalist

      Israeli forces shot, and killed an unarmed Palestinian man, and injured several more in the northern West Bank village of Beita, south of Nablus, during a demonstration in rejection of the continued expropriation of Palestinian land.

      The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that soldiers shot Emad Ali Dwaikat , 37, a father of five children, the youngest being only two months old, with a live round in his chest, causing life threatening wounds.

      The critically injured man was rushed to Rafidia hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead by medical staff.

      The army also targeted a photo-journalist covering the demonstration, shooting him in the knee with a rubber-coated steel round, he was treated by medics on the scene.

      Sources confirmed that at least 20 protestors were injured with rubber-coated steel rounds, two were struck with teargas canisters, five suffered from falls while being pursued by soldiers, and 31 people suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

      Hundreds of Palestinians participated in the funeral procession for the father of five, which began at Rafidia hospital and headed towards the slain victim’s home, Quds News Network reported.

    • PCHR
      Ref: 108/2021

      Date: 6 August 2021

      Time: 21:30 GMT

      IOF Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound Journalist and Child in Nablus

      On Friday noon, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded a child, and a journalist, during its attacks on a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus, northern West Bank. According to PCHR investigations, the victim was not involved in the clashes, as he was standing by an olive tree at least 150 meters from the area. Additionally, there were no threats to the lives of IOF soldiers during the protest, eliminating any justification to the murder crime. This crime is yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.

      According to PCHR investigations, at approximately 13:00 on Friday, 6 August 2021, a peaceful protest took off from Beita village towards Mount Sbaih, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost three months ago. The protestors held Palestinian flags and chanted against the occupation and settlers. Upon their arrival to Mount Sbaih, they found IOF troops stationed in the area; the soldiers fired at the protest and violent clashes erupted. A group of the protestors threw rocks at soldiers, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets, as well as tear gas and stun grenades, at the protestors. The clashes continued until 15:17 and resulted in the death of a Palestinian civilian; a journalist and a child were wounded as well. The victim was identified as 37-year-old Imad Ali Mahmoud Dweikat from Beita village; he was shot with a live bullet in the chest and died after his arrival to Rafidia Hospital. Additionally, several other Palestinian civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

      Kifah ‘Enad ‘Abed Bani Shamsa said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

      “On 06 August 2021, I performed the Friday prayer in Beita village Park near al-Hawata area and Sabieh Mount, south of Beita village, southeast of Nablus. At approximately 13:30 following the prayer, a number of Palestinians who performed the Friday prayer in the village’s mosque flocked to the area below Sabeih Mount to protest against the establishment of “Avitar” settlement outpost. A group of the villagers and I distributed food and drinks to Palestinians participating in the protest, which developed to clashes with IOF. During the clashes, IOF fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and live and rubber bullets at protestors. At approximately 15:10, I withdrew from the area of clashes and headed towards the ambulances parking. When I was four meters away from the parking, I saw my friend Imad Ali Mahmoud Dweikat ( 37) standing under an olive tree, 150 meters away from the clashes. I headed to him and stood next to him. We talked with each other for 5 to 7 minutes. Suddenly, Imad fell beside me on his right side and flipped onto his abdomen. I saw blood come out of his mouth, so I knew that he was injured. I flipped him onto his back and put my hand on his chest to stop the bleeding, noting that I did not hear any gunshots at that time. Afterwards, ambulance officers came, put Imad on a stretcher, got him into the ambulance, and then took him to the field hospital in the village. After that, Imad was transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus. Few minutes later, he was pronounced dead. The villagers and I headed to the hospital to say goodbye to him.”

      PCHR investigations show that IOF use excessive force and snipers to kill in a premeditated and unjustifiable manner. In a matter of a few weeks, IOF killed 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, during its attacks on peaceful protests against settlement expansion in Beita. This fact suggests that IOF’s conduct is in fact a systemic and political decision that is repeated on more than one occasion, eliminating any base for allegations of a security necessity or real threat.

      The series of murder crimes committed by IOF constitute war crimes involving the Israeli political, security, and military levels.

      PCHR reiterates its call on the international community to act immediately to stop the IOF crimes and renews its call on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e. to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention and to guarantee Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

    • https://seenthis.net/messages/937226

      17. Le meurtre d’Imad Duikat à Beita le 7 août 2021. Père de quatre filles et d’un fils en bas âge, Duikat participait à une manifestation contre la prise de possession des terres du village par la colonie d’Evyatar. Des témoins oculaires ont raconté qu’il a été tué par balle alors qu’il buvait un verre d’eau. L’enquête n’est pas encore terminée.

  • Soldiers Kill A Palestinian, Injure 49, Near Nablus
    Jul 28, 2021 – – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/soldiers-kill-a-palestinian-injure-49-near-nablus

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian man near Beita Junction, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The incident led to protests before the soldiers injured at least 49 Palestinians.

    Palestinian sources said the man, Shadi Omar Lutfi Salim , 41, was shot after the soldiers ambushed him at the junction of the town and fired live rounds at him.

    They added that the soldiers took the seriously wounded Palestinian away, before declaring that he died from his wounds.

    Eyewitnesses said the soldiers were hiding in an olive orchard near the road when they ambushed the man and opened fire at him.

    The Palestinian oversaw water resources at Beita Town Council. He was heading back home from work when the soldiers shot him.

    It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also ambushed and abducted four young men, near Sbeih mountain, and took them to their military post on its top. (...)

    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

    • A Palestinian plumber was shot dead by Israeli troops while trying to fix a water outage
      Gideon Levy, Alex Levac | Aug. 6, 2021 | 5:39 PM |Haaretz.com
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/twilight-zone/.premium.MAGAZINE-palestinian-plumber-shot-dead-by-israeli-troops-while-try

      Why did the soldiers kill this man? And why is Israel refusing to return his body?

      The press conference, if you can call it that, was pathetic. Sad. Hopeless. Some two dozen elderly men – functionaries of the Palestinian Authority and local notables, together with the bereaved father and the grieving son – stood at the entrance to their village under the broiling noontime sun, holding large posters. The microphones of local television stations were passed from hand to hand, the speeches were delivered, the lofty rhetoric was uttered – and everyone knew that their words were just blowing in the wind.

      The setting, too, was pathetic. The demonstrators were poised between the village’s wholesale produce market and its stone-cutting factory, amid putrid piles of rotting fruit, mostly mango, and the refuse of the factory. Behind them was parked a truck that carried the inscription, in Hebrew, as though by invitation, “Millions of people can’t be wrong” – the slogan of the St. Moritz company, which manufactures cleaning and pest-extermination products.

      Whether millions are right or wrong, this village, Beita, which lies between Tapuah Junction and Nablus in the West Bank, declared the start of a campaign for the return of the body of one of its finest sons, the village plumber, Shadi Shurafi. He was killed last week on Tuesday evening by Israel Defense Forces soldiers from the Kfir Brigade – as he stood next to what are apparently the village’s main water valves, down the road from its entrance, holding a monkey wrench.

      The leaders of the village and the PA officials have threatened that until the family of the deceased plumber receives his body for burial, there will be no quiet around here. According to the officials, Israel is – appallingly – holding the remains of about 300 Palestinians, within the framework of the profiteering from bodies that’s going on, which is supposedly intended to bring about the return by Hamas of the remains of two IDF soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip in 2014, Lt. Hadar Goldin and Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul.

      Everyone knows that the soldiers’ bodies, as well as the two captive Israeli civilians being held in Gaza, will be returned only in exchange for live Palestinian prisoners serving time in Israeli jails. But why not hoard bodies and ratchet up the pain of the families of the Palestinian dead?

      Residents of the militant village of Beita don’t intend to give in any time soon: They are convinced their plumber did nothing to justify being shot with live ammunition, while he was clearly on the job. During the press conference, which was comprised of a collection of declarations for the local media of Hawara and environs, Shurafi’s son, 13-year-old Leith, faced the cameras with a grim look, while the deceased’s father, Omar, fought hard to keep himself from bursting into tears.

      The two were positioned below a stone monument bearing a map of Palestine, which functions like the gateway to the village. That morning, two IDF jeeps were parked at the entrance to the village, a few hundred meters away. The army knows in advance about every gathering that takes place here. A Palestinian ambulance was also on the scene, waiting for developments. Five Palestinian demonstrators have been killed here in the past few weeks, in the battle over the land of the nearby Evyatar settler outpost, which was forcibly taken away from several villages in the area. Four of those killed were from Beita, and now the plumber has been added to the list.

      Speakers at the press conference on Monday, when we visited, were a reflection of the PA itself. Weary, expressionless, they delivered their spiels on autopilot. There was a representative of the Palestinian Ministry of Information, officials from other ministries and alongside them the omnipresent Khairi Hannoun, 62, a demonstrator from Anabta. He attends demonstrations throughout the West Bank wearing traditional Palestinian attire, a Palestinian flag attached to his cane and a keffiyeh on his head. He’s been dubbed the “Palestinian George Floyd,” because last September an Israeli soldier struck him while another pressed on Hannoun’s throat with his foot. Hannoun came out of it better than the original Floyd, and now he’s at the Beita demonstration.

      At the conclusion of the speeches, we watched as the participants started marching toward the soldiers. Another army jeep was summoned and also some soldiers on foot, who took up positions along the road. The elderly demonstrators walked, arms linked, chanting, “With blood and fire we will redeem you, O martyr.” A few meters from the soldiers they stopped. A moment later the soldiers fired two tear-gas canisters at them, but the protesters held their ground despite the frightening noise and the stinging gas. They stood mutely opposite the soldiers, who behaved with relative restraint, possibly because they see that the demonstrators are the same age as their own grandfathers.

      These soldiers are the children of our friends and the friends of our children, and now we were standing opposite them, blending in with the residents of Beita who are fighting to get a body back. These people are the “Goldins of Beita,” but without the publicized journeys abroad and PR machine of the Israeli family of one of the two soldiers whose remains have been held in Gaza for seven years. Israeli flags flap in the breeze on the lampposts on the main access road to the village, as though this were sovereign Israeli territory.

      After a short time the demonstrators turned around and headed for the renovated hall in the center of the village, where they paid their respects to the grieving family. Omar, who had held back his tears during the press event, could no longer contain himself and began weeping bitterly, uncontrollably, the villagers hugging him. Leith’s young face was emotionless, traumatized. He was wearing a yellow T-shirt with the words “Dolce & Gabbana” inscribed on it. Besides him, Shurafi also left behind three other children, all younger then Leith.

      Their father was employed for 17 years by the village council as a plumber, and he also worked in neighboring villages, including the town of Hawara. He drove a 2015 BMW X5 jeep, with which he left his house last Tuesday after 10 P.M. Why did he go out? Where did he go? Why did he stop next to the collection of valves opposite the settlers’ small reservoir for drinking water? It’s not clear. His brother Saad, 43, relates that Shurafi was summoned both day and night, and frequently, to check the local water system, as he was that fateful night, when the water supply to the villagers had stopped. The system is very poor and the supply is frequently disrupted.

      Saad saw his brother that afternoon, he told us, as he was filling the little pool he had placed on the roof of his house for the children. The local council called his brother that evening, Saad says, and asked him to see about the water outage. He drove his jeep to the entrance of Beita, then turned south on Highway 60. He parked a short distance from the village, next to a junkyard, the only spot where parking is possible on that main highway, which has no shoulders at all. He got out of his vehicle and walked back a few dozen meters, then crossed the highway eastward, exactly like we did this week with his bereaved brother and son. It was the first time they’d been there since their loved one was killed.

      On one side of the highway is a small reservoir and other water installations that are protected by a guard armed with a machine gun – as it was when we were there this week. On the other side are pipes and valves and faucets enclosed by a fence that has holes in it. That’s where Shurafi headed. The valves and so on are a few meters away from the highway, beyond its safety rail, on a slope. Behind them lies an olive grove. There are no warning signs indicating that entry is forbidden. According to Saad, all the water-related mechanisms there are connected to Beita’s supply.

      It was 10:30 P.M., and other than Shurafi and his killers there was apparently no one around. In the houses not far from the road people were still out and about and suddenly heard gunfire shattering the quiet. The residents later told Saad that they counted about 12 shots. At 11:30 P.M., Saad read on Facebook that his brother had been killed by soldiers.

      What happened there?

      A statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit after the incident said that Shurafi had advanced quickly toward the Kfir soldiers, holding what looked to them like an iron rod. They fired into the air, he didn’t stop – and they killed him.

      In response to a query from Haaretz, the spokesperson wrote: “In the wake of the incident, a Military Police investigation has been launched, at the conclusion of which the findings will be forwarded for examination by the military advocate general’s unit. The body is being held by the IDF in accordance with procedures. The issue of the return of the body is being examined by the relevant persons and is subject to the political decision makers.”

      There were some neighbors who saw Shurafi get out of his vehicle carrying a monkey wrench and walking slowly toward the water valves. In a photograph published after his death a wrench is seen lying on the ground and next to it a pack of Marlboros and a bloodstain. The bloodstain was dry this week when we got there. Why did the soldiers kill this man? And why is Israel refusing to return his body?

      On Monday this week Saad went to the Israeli Coordination and Liaison office in Hawara, in a desperate attempt to retrieve his brother’s body. A female officer told him politely, he relates, that they know his brother had a clean record and apparently didn’t do anything, but added that the return of his body is not in the hands of the Civil Administration. “She said that someone high up would decide and they would let me know.” The officer then gave him his brother’s ID card. He opens it now and bursts into tears.

      In the meantime, the road leading out of Beita is completely blocked by protesters. After the village elders left the press conference, the young people showed up. A car ahead of us carried tires on its roof for burning, but there was no need for them as thick black smoke was already billowing above the road and at the entrance to the village. Stones were hurled with slingshots, tear-gas canisters were fired, and for a moment it seemed as though we were in a war – a war over the body of the plumber from Beita.

    • ‘Israel’ hands over body of Shadi Shorafa after 14 days of confiscation
      QudsN - August 10, 2021
      https://qudsnen.co/?p=28076

      Occupied Nablus (QNN)- The Israeli authorities on the morning of Tuesday handed over the body of Shadi Shorafa, whom they killed in Beita, after 14 days of confiscation.

      Shadi Shorafa was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the entry to Beita while he was bringing water to the residents of his village. The Israeli army had reduced the amounts of water reaching Beita as a form of collective punishment to the village, which has been protesting against a new settlement outpost.

      Shadi was a father of five children. The Israeli army has recently killed six residents of Beita during the protests against settlements.

    • https://seenthis.net/messages/937226

      16. Le meurtre de Shadi Shurafi à l’entrée du village de Beita, dans la région de Naplouse, le 27 juillet 2021. Shurafi, le plombier du village, a été tué par balle alors qu’il allait réparer la principale vanne d’eau du village, près d’une autoroute. Les soldats lui ont apparemment tiré dessus parce qu’il tenait une clé à molette, prise pour une arme. Son corps a été confisqué par les autorités israéliennes et, à ce jour, il n’a pas été rendu pour être enterré. L’enquête n’est pas encore terminée.

  • Reality of a West Bank outpost: Four dead Palestinians and drone spraying tear gas
    Amira Hass Jun. 23, 2021 7:06 PM - Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 12:51 PM - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-reality-of-a-west-bank-outpost-four-dead-palestinians-and

    The protest around the illegal outpost of Evyatar has claimed four lives in six weeks. Palestinians on whose lands the outpost was built tell of armed civilians walking amidst Israeli soldiers

    Among the four residents of Beita who have been killed since mid-May in protests over the establishment of the illegal outpost Evyatar, Dr. Issa Barham is the only one who didn’t “merit” the same generic statement that the Israeli army spokesperson issues whenever there is a Palestinian casualty. A statement such as: “there were disturbances… the army is familiar with the report that a Palestinian was killed.” Barham, 41, was a legal scholar who specialized in international criminal law and worked in the Palestinian prosecutor’s office in the district of Salfit. He came to the protest in order to help evacuate the wounded. He was past the age of the youngsters who clamber over the terraced hills, race down the paths wending among the olive groves, burn tires, throw stones at soldiers a dozen meters away or more, and flee from tear gas. This is a protest that demands above average physical fitness and light feet.

    On Friday, May 14, there weren’t enough ambulances to take the sheer numbers of wounded and the mosques called on people to bring cars, says Barham’s brother Sultan. One of the responders was Barham.

    It was the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast; the fourth day of the war in Gaza; and the twelfth day since the illegal outpost began to arise, and fast, on land belonging to Beita, Qablan and Yatma.

    That Friday there were demonstrations throughout the West Bank. Ten Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire, four of them in the Nablus area alone. Barham was one of them. About 1,650 people were injured. The Palestinian Red Crescent called for blood donations.

    A protester who had been near Barham relates that there were soldiers about 200 meters away from them. He also noticed armed Israeli civilians on the slope, near another group of soldiers. “Settlers,” he concluded.

    That is a detail repeated by a number of witnesses in Beita: alongside the soldiers, who are spread out in several groups, are armed Israeli civilians. One of the witnesses mentioned armed Israeli civilians when he told B’Tselem field researcher Salma a-Daba’i about seeing Barham.

    Barham had been driving towards him along a dirt road between olive groves, in his white Hyundai Tucson SUV, and asked him, “Where are the wounded?” Several had already been taken in another car. Others, including one in serious condition, were still waiting among the trees, whether to be evacuated on stretchers by ambulances or for support to get to a car. Barham parked and started to walk toward the wounded. The witness saw that one soldier – from the distant group – lowered himself to sniping position. The witness didn’t think the soldier would shoot; he thought maybe he just wanted to put the wind up in the people. At that spot, at that moment, things were relatively calm. Everyone was busy with the wounded.

    Suddenly the witness heard one shot. “I saw Issa fall to the ground on his back,” he told a-Daba’i. Barham was hit in the middle of his abdomen. He was still breathing and had a pulse when he was put into another volunteer’s car to be taken to the field hospital set up in Beita, then to an ambulance. Soldiers were blocking the main entrance to the village; the ambulance drove north on the narrow winding roads of Beita, Odala and Awarta. En route the ambulance crew tried to resuscitate Issa. But at Al-Najah Hospital in Nablus, he weas declared deceased.

    We need to describe the topography in order to understand what’s going on there.

    The demonstrations take place on Mount Sabih, which has several peaks: Evyatar is on the highest, most southern one. As the crow flies, the distance between it and the other, lower peaks is about half a kilometer (0.3 miles). One of the other peaks has a fenced swimming pool surrounded by a garden. On Fridays at midday protest prayers are declaimed by the pool; then the more daring of the demonstrators begin to spread out on the mountain and down the wadi. The soldiers are already waiting for them, far away; they fire tear gas at the protesters, followed by rubber-coated bullets. Another point of assembly is one of the westerly peaks, near large storage buildings. The soldiers and armed Israeli civilians are usually positioned above the demonstrators. Sometimes soldiers travel on the dirt roads of the groves towards the demonstrators, dismount from their armored vehicles, then from a distance of a few dozen meters, fire tear gas and coated metal bullets. Sometimes soldiers, unnoticed before, suddenly appear out of the wadi. Sometimes soldiers prostrate themselves to sniping position, and fire live bullets.

    On the slopes of the southern peak the young people burn tires, hoping the black smoke will reach the settlers in the outpost who invaded their land. They would prefer to climb as close as possible to the outpost, but as one climbs, the mountain grows steeper and the trees are sparse.

    The military spokesman commented to Haaretz: “Violent disorderly conduct … endangers the lives of Israeli civilians … which is why a military force was deployed at the site.” But the armed Israeli civilians choose to leave the outpost and descend down the mountain towards the unarmed demonstrators, and the soldiers’ lives are not in any danger, the demonstrators explained to Haaretz.

    The number of demonstrators ranges from a few dozen to several hundred, depending on the day and the time. “We deploy here in protest every day, at night too,” said one of the demonstrators to Haaretz last week. He didn’t use the term “nighttime harassment,” which apparently joined the jargon just this week, whether spontaneously by demonstrators, or intentionally by spokesmen associated with Hamas, who echo the Gazan attempt to engage and confuse the army along the separation barrier.

    The demonstrators are in groups that can number anywhere from three to 10 young people. “Sometimes we sit like at a picnic, on a rock, next to a tree,” said Mohammed Hamayel, brother of Zakaria Hamayel. Mohammed was right next to Zakaria when he was killed on May 28. “People stay several meters from one another, and then if they’re wounded – nobody sees the moment of injury. That’s what happened with Zakaria. He had moved several meters away from me and my other brother and our cousin, looking for a place to recite the afternoon prayer. That was at about 4 P.M. We saw a group of soldiers and heard the shot, but at first we didn’t know that he was the one who was wounded.”

    Meanwhile, a medical team nearby was treating a man shot through the leg. The bullet went in one side and out the other. When the shouting “Ambulance, ambulance” began, some of the team started to run over.

    The terrain is rocky. Soldiers, and a number of armed settlers, had positioned themselves at a higher point. The shooters were perhaps a few dozen meters from Zakaria, one of the demonstrators told Haaretz; another estimated the distance at about 150 meters. Anyway, as the volunteers and the medical team were coming in Zakaria’s direction, the soldiers fired at them, one of them told Haaretz. One of the rescuers was hit in the thigh by a rubber-coated metal bullet. He had been dressed, as they all were, in the phosphorescent vest worn by medics. Tear gas grenades were fired at them even as they carried Zakaria on a stretcher. One of the rescuers was hit by a gas grenade in the face.

    Zakaria, 26, had taught Arabic in a school in Bir Nabala, south of Ramallah. The bullet entered his torso from the right. He suffered from internal hemorrhage and was bleeding profusely from his mouth and his nose. Two witnesses told Haaretz that he had been shot by an armed civilian; one said that the civilian was wearing a red shirt. Another said that the shooter was dressed in black. Another witness said that it was the soldiers who fired, but that there were armed civilians next to them.

    The army spokesperson later stated: “At this point the reason for the shooting is unknown.” He did not directly answer Haaretz’s question if they’re checking the claim that the shooter was a civilian, issuing only the generic statement that the military police investigative unit is investigating, following which any findings will be sent to the military prosecution.

    The army spokesman also told Haaretz that when necessary, soldiers use live fire in compliance with the rules of engagement.

    What in the conduct of Zakaria Hamayel and Issa Barham, and the distance between them and the soldiers, required the soldiers to fire on them with live and lethal fire, hitting their torsos? What in the location and behavior of Mohammed Hamayel, a 16-year-old high school student, who was killed on June 11, “required” the use of live fire against him? The army isn’t saying.

    “We went out to demonstrate after the afternoon prayer, at about 12:50,” M., a student in Al-Najah, told Haaretz. “We spread out in the area of the storage buildings (on the western peak), where we also prayed, among the olive trees. We saw two buses unloading soldiers and therefore kept our distance from them. I was there for several hours, fleeing from the gas, hiding among the trees, resting, advancing towards the top. At about 5 P.M. I found myself next to another two guys – Mohammed and his cousin. We know each other from the neighborhood. We didn’t throw stones. We saw four soldiers. One soldier picked up his weapon. I thought he wouldn’t fire, or at most would fire a rubber-coated metal bullet. The soldier fired twice, Mohammed and his cousin fell, and I was in shock. I froze in place. I didn’t know what to do.” He said that Mohammed had concealed his face; other witnesses didn’t remember that detail.

    Another witness told Haaretz that the four soldiers, at a distance of a few dozen meters, were lying on the ground, aiming their rifles. Other soldiers around them fired tear gas. The sound of the firing of the gas grenades and the rubber-coated metal bullets muffled the sound of the live fire. The cousin was shot in the shoulder. The bullet that hit Mohammed entered the center of his chest, exited from the left and penetrated his left arm, near the shoulder.

    The wounded cousin managed to run on his own in the direction of the rescuers. At first they thought that he was the only casualty; then they discovered Mohammed, bleeding. One of his evacuators told Haaretz. “I ran towards him. The soldiers fired tear gas at us. There was so much tear gas that I didn’t see his wound. We were suffocating. I don’t know how we continued to carry him on the stretcher, while we were having a hard time seeing the path, among the rocks and trees and terraces.” Later the army spokesman stated: “We know of a Palestinian claim about a young man who was killed, and wounded men.”

    On June 18 another high school student, Ahmad Bani Shamseh, was killed. The army spokesperson said that he had thrown an explosive at a soldier which is why he was shot. Haaretz was has not yet obtaine testimony about the circumstances.

    The army spokesperson didn’t answer Haaretz’s questions as to whether soldiers were wounded at those demonstrations in Beita, and whether it’s true that the drone that fires tear gas at the demonstrators comes from Evyatar and is activated from inside the outpost.

    Regarding the repeated eyewitness reports that tear gas grenades were fired at medical teams and people evacuating the wounded, and that Red Crescent ambulances that work in the Beita area come under attack, the spokesman replied: “The IDF forces do not use means of crowd-dispersal at demonstrations or fire at medical personnel and ambulances deliberately.”

    The conversations with the families of Zakaria Hamayel and Issa Barham lasted for hours, durign which they relived their lives. The beehives that Zakaria put next to the house constrict his brother’s throat.

    “Not only their deaths: their lives also deserve to be written about,” said Barham’s uncle and father-in-law, Ziad Bani Shamseh, grandfather to Issa’s four children. Asinat, the eldest, is 7, Maryam, the youngest, is a a toddler a year-and-a-half old. He has two sons, 6-year-old Yihye and Mohammed, 4-and-a-half. They’re too young to understand what death is, he said. Issa’s brother, Sultan, said: “A few days ago a white SUV like Issa’s stopped next to the house. His children shouted happily: Daddy’s here, Daddy’s here.”

    #Evyatar #Beita

  • Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Military near Nablus
    Jun 17, 2021 – – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/palestinian-teen-killed-by-israeli-military-near-nablus

    Israeli forces shot and critically wounded a 16-year old Palestinian boy on Wednesday in Beita village, and he died of his wounds on Thursday morning.

    The child, identified as Ahmad Zahi Daoud Bani Shamsa, age 16, died at dawn Thursday, as a result of being shot in the head by the Israeli military on Wednesday.

    He was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital, where he underwent an operation, but the doctors were unable to save his life.

    The Head of the emergency department at the Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, told Palestinian reporters that the youth was taken to hospital with serious live gunshot wounds to the head.

    It is noteworthy that this boy is the fourth Palestinian who was shot and killed by the Israeli military this year at protests at Jabal Sabih in Beita. The protests are challenging the Israeli development of an illegal Israeli settlement on stolen Palestinian land on Sabih mountain.

    In addition to Ahmad, three men were killed in the village by the Israeli military in May: Karim Maher Abdel Hamid Hamayel (28 years), Tariq Sanubar (27 years), and Issa Barham (42 years).

    Speaking to Anadolu Agency, one witness of the shooting said that it took place during protests by residents of the town of Beita. They were voicing opposition to the establishment of a settlement outpost on their land in Jabal Sabih.

    No Israeli military investigation has been launched, and no officers have been charged in the killing of these four Palestinian civilians in the village of Beita.

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    Post from The Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee

    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

  • Update: “Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Child Near Nablus”
    Jun 12, 2021 – – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/army-injures-seven-palestinians-in-nablus

    Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a child and injured more than 110 Palestinians, including 11 who were shot with live rounds, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in Jabal Abu Sbeih mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers fatally shot Mohammad Sa’id Hamayel, 15, with a live round in the heart.

    Medics tried to revive the child and rushed him to a hospital, but he succumbed to his serious wounds.

    It added that the soldiers also shot eleven Palestinians with live rounds, 16 with the rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused 62 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

    20 Palestinians were also injured; some of them after the soldiers attacked them with clubs and batons, and the others sustained cuts and bruises after tripping and falling while the soldiers were chasing them.

    One medic was also injured after the soldiers shot him with a gas bomb, the PRCS stated.

    It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians have been holding nonviolent processions in Jabal Abu Sbeih Mountain, where illegal Israeli colonialist settlers occupied their lands and installed an outpost.

    In addition, the soldiers injured several Palestinians during a procession against the illegal Israeli colonies in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

    Medical sources said the soldiers shot eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and one with a high-velocity gas bomb in the leg, in addition to two others who sustained burns in the hands.

    It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also shot a young man, 22 years of age, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head during protests in Silwad town, east of Ramallah, in central West Bank, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

    He was among dozens who were injured when the soldiers attacked a procession against the constant Israeli violations and demanding the release of the corpse of a young man who was killed by the army last month. (...)

    #Palestine_assassinée #Beita

  • Beitar Jerusalem fans: ’Here we are, the most racist football team in the country’ – video
    http://www.theguardian.com/news/video/2015/nov/24/beitar-jerusalem-most-racist-football-team-israel-video

    #Beitar Jerusalem is a symbol of rightwing #Israel. But in 2012-2013 the club signed two Chechen Muslim players, enraging Beitar’s hardcore fans, La Familia, some of whom sing of being racist. Some of Israel’s political leaders find La Familia embarrassing. But do they simply reflect a wider problem facing Israel – a polarised society?

    • From the forthcoming documentary and Kickstarter campaign, Forever Pure
    This video was amended on 26 November to more accurately reflect the translation of one section of conversation