• UPDATED: Two Palestinian Brothers in Critical Condition, after Israeli Attack

    IMEMC News

    UPDATED: Sept 7 @ 0613

    A Palestinian Detainees’ Committee lawyer, Khaled Mahajna, has reported that after Israeli forces wired and detonated the front door of their home, on Saturday, both Palestinian brothers remain in critical condition.

    Mahajna stated that the young men, Ahmad, 22, and Mohammad Jad’oun, 27, from the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, are currently being treated for severe wounds, in the Intensive Care Unit of the Israeli al-Afula hospital.

    As a result of the Israeli army bomb detonated at the entrance of the home, Mohammad suffered severe injuries to his left leg, said Mahjna, adding that the youth underwent extensive surgery where doctors attempted to remove all the bomb fragments from the leg.

    He further stated that Mohammad underwent a second surgery, on Sunday, and that a massive section of the leg was blown off by the blast, adding that the youth has suffered an excessive amount of blood loss.

    The younger brother Ahmad also remains in the Intensive Care Unit, having suffered profound trauma from the explosion, mainly in his face and neck. The young man has undergone two major surgeries for his face, and is scheduled to undergo at least one additional surgery to repair his neck wounds.

    The Jad’oun family asserted that, immediately after the Israeli soldiers detonated the door, they immediately dragged the two brothers onto the ground, despite their extensive bleeding and injuries.

    The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee issued a statement denouncing this new Israeli crime against the entire family, and the callous manner in which the soldiers treated the seriously wounded civilians, with utter contempt, in violation of the right to life and bodily integrity.

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) declared that it holds the Israeli occupation responsible for the lives of the two young men, whom are former prisoners.

    The PPS maintained that this crime is only one of the protracted Israeli assaults and attacks being carried out on a daily basis.


  • The dehumanization is the point
    Israeli soldiers placed IEDs at the entrance to a Palestinian village. Why is such an act so hard to believe, even after everything we’ve seen the army do?
    By Sarit Michaeli September 4, 2020

    Israeli soldiers carry away a Palestinian protester in Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, August 23, 2019. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

    After 15 years of documenting protests and clashes in the occupied West Bank as part of my work for Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, I thought that nothing about the Israeli military’s suppression of Palestinian demonstrations against the occupation could surprise me. Last Thursday, however, I was proved wrong.

    That day, residents of Kufr Qaddum, who since 2011 have been protesting weekly against the closure of the main entrance to their village, posted photos of camouflaged improvised explosive devices that Israeli forces had placed at spots where protesters gather.

    I found it hard to believe that soldiers on duty had snuck into the outskirts of a Palestinian village close to its built-up area, where they know villagers roam and children play, and planted IEDs made from military stun grenades the day before a protest. They had been placed in such a way that any contact would cause them to explode.

    Yet this is precisely what had happened last Thursday. The first device exploded after it was discovered by a 7-year-old who luckily did not touch it. Wasim Shteiwi, a relative who was summoned to the area and examined the device, was wounded lightly from the blast. The military admitted planting the devices, in response to a query from Haaretz reporters Hagar Shezaf and Yaniv Kubovich.

    After my initial surprise, however, I thought about the things I’ve seen the Israeli military do with my own eyes over the last decade-and-a-half at the hundreds of protests I’ve attended in West Bank villages, including Bil’in, Ni’lin, Nabi Saleh, and Kufr Qaddum. I’ve seen soldiers firing live rounds at, toward, and above protesters, wounding and sometimes killing them; soldiers and Border Police officers wantonly firing crowd control weapons such as tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at people who hadn’t posed any risk, often contradicting the military’s own open-fire policy (including the time I filmed a Border Police officer firing a rubber bullet at me, later removed from my thigh at the hospital).

    I’ve filmed dozens of incidents of Israeli snipers firing 0.22 caliber bullets (known as “Ruger” or “two-twos”) at protestors in Kufr Qaddum and other villages, resulting in dozens of injuries, and killing 22-year-old Saaba ‘Obeid in front of our very eyes in Nabi Saleh. Also in Nabi Saleh, in 2011, a soldier fired a tear gas canister at Mustafa Tamimi from close range, killing him. I reached the scene seconds later, to document him lying on the ground, mortally wounded. (...)

    Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year-old Palestinian from Nabi Saleh, seconds before an Israeli soldier shoots him in the face with a tear gas canister from a short distance, Nabi Saleh, December 12, 2011. (Haim Scwarczenberg)