Motazz Obeidu, 32, was seriously wounded on Thursday when Israeli forces attacked his shop, a prisoners’ rights group and local residents confirmed.
The Israeli army confirmed the arrest and the shooting, and claimed that the Palestinian had acted “violently.” An army spokeswoman accused Obeidu of “throwing an axe, a gas canister and a wheelbarrow at soldiers, injuring two of them.”
But Ramallah-based Prisoners Club said the victim was “physically disabled,” and held Israel responsible for the man’s life.
The incident comes after the deaths of Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails, which has sparked an outrage among Palestinians and triggered street rallies and sit-in protests in solidarity with the prisoners.
The latest victim, whose name has not been released, died under mysterious circumstances in Israel’s Nafha Prison in Be’er Sheva, Palestinian sources said.
On April 2, cancer-stricken Maisarah Abu Hamdiah lost his life in an Israeli jail after he was denied medical care by prison authorities.
Arafat Jaradat, 30, who was arrested on February 18 on suspicion of hurling stones at Israeli troopers, died days later in Israel’s Magiddo prison. The Israeli regime claims that Jaradat died of cardiac arrest, a claim Palestinians deny.
According to Palestinian sources, over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli prisons, many of them without charge or trial, and are subject to human rights violations such as the use of torture during interrogations.