Israeli watchdog: Israeli police killed Ahmad Abdu while he was not posing threat

Ahmad Abdu (25 years old) was killed last month by Israeli special police unit

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said Israeli forces killed Ahmad ‘Abdu, a 25-year-old Palestinian man, while he was not posing any threat as he was sitting in his car.

B’Tselem published video footage in which Israeli occupation forces are seen getting out of the vehicle and immediately firing several shots at Ahmad’s car.

In the video, the apparently injured ‘Abdu opens the right door, at which point the forces surround the car, open several of its doors, apparently dragging ‘Abdu out, and then leave without extending him first aid.

An Israeli Border Police statement claimed ‘Abdu had been killed as part of an “arrest operation”, but offered no explanation for the lethal shooting, B’Tselem said in its report.

B’Tselem stated that “opening live fire at a person sitting in his car, without even trying to arrest him, is not an “attempted arrest”. It is a targeted killing.”

On Tuesday morning, 25 May 2021, at around 4:30 AM., 25-year-old Palestinian Ahmad ‘Abdu from al-Am’ari Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank got into his car, which was parked by his uncle’s home in Um a-Sharayet.

The Security camera footage that B’Tselem obtained shows a vehicle immediately drive up and block ‘Abdu from driving away.

The video shows that four Israeli Special Police Unit officers are seen getting out of the vehicle and some immediately fire several shots from their position on the left side of ’Abdu’s car towards the driver’s seat, where ‘Abdu was sitting, and towards the wheels.

Under fire, the apparently injured ‘Abdu is seen opening the right door, at which point the officers go to the other side of the car and open some of its doors.

Three minutes later, they are seen driving away, leaving the wounded ‘Abdu lying on the ground.

According to eyewitnesses, ‘Abdu was still alive at that point, yet in the footage, the officers are not seen giving him first aid or evacuating him for emergency care

Abrasions on Abdu’s body indicate that they dragged him for several meters.

B’Tselem said that several minutes after the police officers drove away, several town residents came over and called an ambulance, which arrived about 15 minutes later and took ‘Abdu to the hospital.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival, with gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest and to his legs.

The next day, and for several days after the incident, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents called Abdu’s uncle and other relatives and apologized for his killing.

At the same time, they demanded that the family turn in Abdu’s uncle, Muhammad Abu ‘Arab, for allegedly shooting at forces during a demonstration near the entrance to el-Bireh.

The night after ‘Abdu was killed, the forces arrested four of his cousins and searched the homes of his uncle’s in-laws and their neighbors, B’Tselem reported.

They arrested the in-laws’ 17-year-old son and hurled stun grenades into the homes’ courtyards.

The Border Police claimed that Abdu had been a “terror accomplice” and was killed during an “attempted arrest”.

Yet the documented chain of events shows that the officers made no attempt to arrest him, but shot and killed him the moment they stepped out of their vehicle.

In its statement, the Border Police did not even argue that ‘Abdu posed any kind of danger to the force, and provided no explanation whatsoever for the lethal shooting.

Wahib Majadbah (33), a nurse who lives with his wife and four children in the building across from the spot where ‘Abdu’s car was parked, related what happened immediately after the shooting in a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad on 25 May 2021.

“On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, at around 4:30 A.M., I was asleep along with my wife and four young kids. I was woken by the sound of three gunshots. There may have been more, but I was too drowsy to hear,” Majadbah told B’Tselem.

He continued, “I looked out the window and saw someone lying to the right of a blue car by the sidewalk. There were three or four soldiers standing around him, and they moved between the car and their vehicle, which was parked behind the blue car and blocking it. I immediately called the Red Crescent and told them someone was injured. The moment I put the phone down and looked back out at the street, I saw the soldiers drive away, leaving the wounded person lying on the ground.”

“I ran outside immediately. I didn’t recognize the guy, who looked to be in his twenties.”

“He drew his last breaths, exhaled, his lips moved slightly, and then his body went limp. He was bleeding from the shoulder area. I was afraid to move him and check where he’d been hurt, in case I harmed him.”

“I’m a professional nurse and tried to take his pulse, but couldn’t feel one. He seemed to be dying. That was about two minutes after they shot him. Five minutes later, I called the Red Crescent again and told them they were taking too long and had to speed up, because the guy was fighting for his life. About 15 minutes after the shooting, an ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.”

“The door on the driver’s side was open and I saw four bullet marks on the car. Later, I learned on social media that he was found dead on arrival at hospital.”

(Source / 24.06.2021)

PA’s killing of Nizar Banat met with anger and condemnation

Nizar Banat’s killing by Palestinian Authority forces early Thursday during his arrest has been met with anger on the streets and condemnation from Palestinian factions and human rights organizations.

Nizar, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who had intended to run in parliamentary elections before they were cancelled earlier this year, died during his arrest by PA forces early Thursday.

In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said his “health deteriorated” when a force of the security services went to arrest him early Thursday.

It said he was taken to a hospital where he was later announced dead, as around 25 Palestinian security forces stormed the home where Nizar was staying, blowing out doors and windows,beating Nizar with an iron bar and sprayed pepper spray in his eyes before undressing him and dragging him away to a vehicle.

In a statement, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) held the PA responsible for Banat’s death.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it is unacceptable that the PA continues to arrest Palestinian activists while at the same time it “doesn’t dare to arrest Israeli settlers and their violence and attacks against Palestinians.”

Ayed Yaghi, an official of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) movement in the Gaza Strip, said in a statement that the PNI condemns “the arrest of the activist and candidate for the Legislative Council, Nizar Banat, which led to his death”.

Yaghi called for the formation of an independent investigation committee from outside the PA made up of people known for their independence and integrity to conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened and to ensure that those responsible for Banat’s death were punished.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, said: “We consider that [PA] Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh bears the primary responsibility for the murder of activist and parliamentary candidate Nizar Banat, and we call for the killers to be prosecuted.”

Hamas leader Abdel Rahman Shadid told Quds News Network that what happened with Nizar Banat is a coward assasination and a deliberate process of liquidation to suppress a voice strongly opposed to the policies of the PA against Palestinian activists.

Hamas has also called Palestinian factions and Palestinian people to condemn the PA’s crime and to protest in the streets against what the PA did to Banat.

The European Union Delegation to the Palestinians has also condemned the death of Banat, saying it is “shocked and saddened”.

“Our thoughts go to his family and loved ones. Full, independent, and transparent investigation should be conducted immediately,” said the EU Delegation.

Shocked and saddened by the death of activist and former legislative candidate Nizar Banat following his arrest by the PA security forces last night. Our thoughts go to his family and loved ones. Full, independent, and transparent investigation should be conducted immediately.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights also said that it considered the death of Banat as a very serious development.

The commission indicated that it has begun investigating and collecting information about the death and would participate in the autopsy through a forensic doctor delegated by the commission.

It said the results of the investigation would be announced immediately.

In a statement, the Palestinian NGO Network, warned against the continuation of the PA’s crackdown on any opposition, saying “it had the potential to turn into a police state governed by a system of repression and a disregard for people’s lives and their dignity in the reality of the occupation.”

It also called for the formation of an immediate impartial investigation to find out what happened and for Abbas to stop all infringements on civil rights, public freedoms, and the dignity of citizens.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor also expressed its deep shock at the circumstances of Banat’s death.

The organisation demanded the opening of a serious, urgent and independent investigation into the case, since all the circumstances pointed to a deliberate “process of liquidation” to suppress a voice strongly opposed to the policies of the PA

(Source / 24.06.2021)

PA critic Nizar Banat dies during arrest by PA forces

Hebron (QNN)- An outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who had intended to run in parliamentary elections before they were cancelled earlier this year died during his arrest by PA forces early Thursday.

In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said his “health deteriorated” when a force of the security services went to arrest him early Thursday.

It said he was taken to a hospital where he was later announced dead.

Nizar cousin, Mohammad Banat, told Quds News Network that around 25 Palestinian security forces stormed the home where Nizar was staying, blowing out doors and windows.

He added that they beat Nizar with an iron bar and sprayed pepper spray in his eyes before undressing him and dragging him away to a vehicle.

He said: “The announcement of his death in Alia was a ruse. They did not transfer Nizar to the hospital, nor did they transfer him to any of the security headquarters.”

“Until this moment, five hours after his death, we do not know the location of the body of our son Nizar.”

“The Palestinian Authority is hiding the body in order to manipulate the facts about his death.”

Mohammad and another cousin were present during the arrest.

Ammar Banat, the other cousin, said that no one contacted us to inform us about Nizar’s death. He said that a delegation from the family went to Alia Governmental Hospital, where the security services had announced his death, but did not find his body.

In early May, gunmen fired bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at his home near the West Bank city of Hebron, where his wife was inside with their children.

Nizar that time blamed the attack on President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, which dominates the security forces, saying only they would have access to tear gas and stun grenades.

“The Europeans need to know that they are indirectly funding this organization,” he told The Associated Press in May in an interview at a home where he was hiding out.

“They fire their guns into the air at Fatah celebrations, they fire their guns in the air when Fatah leaders fight each other and they fire their guns at people who oppose Fatah.”

(Source / 24.06.2021)

‘Israel’ says Gaza farmers must remove tomatoes crowns to export them

Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have placed a new restriction on Palestinian tomato farmers in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday that ‘Israel’ had asked the farmers in Gaza to remove the crown of the tomato before they will allow trucks carrying the fruit to pass through the Karm Abu Salem crossing, which Israel uses in controlling the movement of lorries passing to the Israeli-occupied Palestine and the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli occupation authorities haven’t explained why they had asked for the removal, however, such restriction will lead to their shipments of the fruit to markets in the occupied West Bank and Arab countries rotting more quickly.

‘Israel’ has imposed a land, air and sea blockade for about 14 years against the Gaza Strip since 2007, controlling the movement of lorries passing to the Israeli-occupied Palestine and the occupied West Bank.

Since May, Israel has blocked almost 6,500 lorries from entering Gaza that were carrying shipments of manufacturing oils, tyres and car parts among other goods, while a further 300 truckloads of vegetables, clothes and furniture were refused permission to exit the enclave, according to the Gaza District Chamber of Commerce.

This came after its 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip, which started on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire brokered by mediator Egypt on May 21, killing at least 279 Palestinians, including 69 children and 40 women and injuring 1,910 others.

Palestinian farmers in Gaza, who rely financially on shipping their crops, say they have sustained a total loss of more than $16m since May following Israel’s closure of the crossings.

(Source / 24.06.2021)

PA forces aggressively suppress protesters against killing of activist Nizar Banat

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian Authority forces were today aggressively suppressing hundreds of Palestinians rallied in the streets of occupied West Bank against the PA security forces’ killing of the activist Nizar Banat.

Nizar Banat’s killing by Palestinian Authority forces early Thursday during his arrest has been met with anger on the streets and condemnation from Palestinian factions and human rights organizations.

Nizar, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who had intended to run in parliamentary elections before they were cancelled earlier this year, died during his arrest by PA forces early Thursday.

In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said his “health deteriorated” when a force of the security services went to arrest him early Thursday.

It said he was taken to a hospital where he was later announced dead, as around 25 Palestinian security forces stormed the home where Nizar was staying, blowing out doors and windows,beating Nizar with an iron bar and sprayed pepper spray in his eyes before undressing him and dragging him away to a vehicle.

In response, Palestinians have rallied to the streets to express their anger and condemnation while chanting against the PA president, Mahmoud Abbas.

The protestors have also called to conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened and to ensure that those responsible for Banat’s death were punished.

“We call for the killers to be prosecuted,” they chanted.

However, the PA forces were suppressing the protesters and violently attacked them.

Photos | The Palestinian Authority security forces in #Ramallah have violently attacked a protest against murdering the activist, Nizar Banat, earlier today.

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The Palestinian Authority security forces in #Ramallah have violently suppressed a protest against the killing of activist Nizar Banat, earlier today.

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(Source / 24.06.2021)

Hundreds of Palestinians protest against PA’s killing of Nizar Banat

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinians have rallied in several cities in Palestine today, in protest against the killing of the Palestinian activist Nizar Banat by the Palestinian Authority security forces during his arrest.

Nizar, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who had intended to run in parliamentary elections before they were cancelled earlier this year, died during his arrest by PA forces early Thursday.

In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said his “health deteriorated” when a force of the security services went to arrest him early Thursday.

It said he was taken to a hospital where he was later announced dead, as around 25 Palestinian security forces stormed the home where Nizar was staying, blowing out doors and windows,beating Nizar with an iron bar and sprayed pepper spray in his eyes before undressing him and dragging him away to a vehicle.

In response, Palestinians have rallied to the streets in Ramallah and Hebron and other Palestinian cities to express their anger and condemnation while chanting against the PA president, Mahmoud Abbas.

The protestors have also called to conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened and to ensure that those responsible for Banat’s death were punished.

“We call for the killers to be prosecuted,” they chanted.

(Source / 24.06.2021)

121 Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, provoke Palestinians

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem today.

Under the occupation forces protection, 121 Israeli settlers break into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning and afternoon break-in sessions.

The settlers entered through the Al-Mughrabi Gate and were provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.

Israeli forces always attack and assault Palestinian worhipers at the courtyards of the Mosque with sound grenades, rubber bullets and pepper gas.

The forces also station at the gates of the mosque and detain dozens of Palestinian young men and boys, after assaulting them.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 24.06.2021)

Irish Bishops call on government to recognise state of Palestine

Dublin (QNN)- Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ have called on the Irish Government to recognise the state of Palestine at their summer conference.

The bishops discussed the humanitarian crisis that exists “due to violence between Israel and Palestine,” according to a statement released following the bishops’ meeting

Their meeting called for an “end to violence on all sides and for a just and lasting peace between the two States”, which should be based on “respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, accountability for war crimes, an end to the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and for an end to the blockade of Gaza,” the statement read.

The bishops also commended the passing of the motion in Government which saw “Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestinian territory” condemned as a violation of “the fundamental principles of international law”.

Referring to the Holy See’s recognising of Palestine as a state in 2013, the bishops asked the Government to progress the Occupied Territories Bill to recognise the state of Palestine.

Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered remotely last week for their meeting via video link due to public health restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

(Source / 24.06.2021)

How Israeli attacks psychologically damage Palestinian children

Israeli forces have killed at least 3,000 Palestinian children in the past two decades. With children being as vulnerable to the Israeli war machine as adults

More than 54.7 per cent of Palestinian children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life and non-stop Israeli attacks can lead to major psychological issues among them.


Israel had escalated its reckless air strikes and rocket attacks on Palestine, targeting even women, children and media organisations. The latest Israeli offensive on Gaza caused intense psychological stress not only on adults but also on children.

Esra Oras, one of Turkey’s prominent psychologists, told TRT World that Israel’s aggressive policies that are largely driven by its military are “systematically exposing Palestinians to chronic trauma” and the vicious cycle of oppression has caused immense pain to them.

“It pushes the entire public, not just children, into a constant cycle of trauma. It disrupts the mental growth of children and also psychologically weakens parents who surround them,” Oras, who is the founder of Istanbul-based A’N Psychological Counseling, told TRT World.

Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which happened between 11 and 21 May, claimed the lives of 264 Palestinian citizens, including 66 children, 41 women and 16 elderly people.

The Israeli aggression is counted as the most devastating since 2014, when Israel carried out a wide-scale offensive that claimed the lives of more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 500 children and 160 women.

Israeli forces have killed at least 3,000 Palestinian children in the past two decades. With children being as vulnerable to the Israeli war machine as adults, the situation has caused massive trauma across the Palestinian society.

Oras explained that the threat of trauma first stimulates ‘the sympathetic nervous system,’ which directs the body’s sudden and involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations. As the system alerts a person, it triggers an adrenaline rush, which tells the body whether to “fight or run.”

The psychologist said there are moments when the “fight or run” option is not available. For instance, she explained, if someone’s house is suddenly struck by a missile, a new situation of thawing and dissociation occurs.

Lifelong trauma

“The body freezes itself not to feel pain, so to speak, the soul almost becomes severed from the body. This moment of freezing is not just for human beings but for all living things facing a situation when they cannot escape danger. Except for humans, other animals continue to live when the danger is over,” Oras told TRT World.

“The moment of freezing is capable of disrupting the entire human defence system. It can force permanent changes in emotion, mind and memory, which can occur even many years after the danger has passed.”

A person who has survived air strikes, bombing or any kind of violence during the war can live the rest of his or her life in a state of constant vigilance. One can also be robbed of his feelings, according to Oras.

The war trauma can hinder personality development because the victim’s mind is always alert to protect himself, which doesn’t allow it to grow in other spheres of life.

Children, according to Oras, find it difficult to cope with such trauma since their “defence system is extremely limited”.

“Even if the threat is over, children tend to be overtly vigilant. They find it hard to forget the trauma and their minds return to it again and again. In the state of being awake or asleep, they face it in their dreams or daily life,” she said.

Oras said that the children of conflict find it hard to play joyful games like their peers and when they become adults their perception toward themselves and the world varies from others.

“They see themselves as incomplete or imperfect but more alert than others. This difference at times pushes them to make choices in a way that limits their lives and they find it hard to explore their full potential.”

What can be done?

According to Oras, psychologists across the world should prioritise treating such children and ensuring that they are rescued from falling into the psychological traps induced by their childhood traumas.

“This deprivation is a disgrace to the whole world. There are thousands of experts around the world who can support and even volunteer for these children, as long as the necessary channels of help are opened for this,” she said.

The prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among children and adolescents in the Gaza Strip has increased after the recent offensives, according to an academic paper published last year.

The study found out that the majority of children and adolescents experienced personal trauma by 88.4 percent during the 2014 war that Israel waged on Palestine.

It was also revealed that every single child had been exposed to three or more traumatic events. In addition, 42 percent were suffering from moderate or acute PTSD levels. Another study showed that 54.7 percent of Palestinian children have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their life. Of these, 49 percent have experienced a war-related trauma.

(Source / 24.06.2021)

His family accuses the Palestinian Authority; the assassination of parliamentary candidate Nizar Banat

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – On Thursday morning, it was announced that a parliamentary candidate had died after being arrested by Palestinian Authority security in the city of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

The Governor of Hebron, Major General Jibrin al-Bakri, stated that political activist Nizar Banat died after being arrested by Palestinian security.

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For his part, lawyer Muhannad Karajah, representative of the “Lawyers for Justice” organization, published that the Public Prosecution in Hebron confirmed to the head of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, lawyer Farid al-Atrash, the death of activist Nizar Banat after his arrest by the security services.

The family of Nizar Banat confirmed that PA security forces raided his house at 3:30 am, and about 20 soldiers severely beat him, and he was arrested alive while shouting.

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It reported that what happened with Nizar was a premeditated assassination after storming his residence, severely beating him with batons on his head while he was sleeping, and spraying him with pepper gas as soon as he woke up.

They said: “Nizar lost consciousness inside his house due to the beating, and after he woke up, he was arrested naked and taken to an unknown destination by 25 members of the Preventive Security and General Intelligence.”

The family demanded “the formation of an investigation committee that includes components from human rights organizations and the family, to prove the assassination of the activist Banat by the Palestinian Authority.

Nizar Banat is active in criticizing and exposing the corruption of the Palestinian Authority, and that was reason enough to make him pursued by its security services.

The activist Banat, a resident of Dura Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, has been working in the carpentry field for many years and is an interior designer.

(Source / 24.06.2021)