[News] Israel attacks, kills children amid broad crackdown

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Israel
attacks, kills children amid broad crackdown

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 28
May 2021
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[image: Fully armed soldiers take position, Dome of the Rock in the
background]

Israeli forces invade the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East
Jerusalem on 21 May.
APA images

As Palestinians are mourning the dead, healing wounds and surveying the
devastation following Israel’s 11-day massacre in Gaza, their counterparts
in Israel and the occupied West Bank are reeling from an ongoing spree of
killings and arrests by Israeli forces.

This includes the apparent extrajudicial execution of a child in Jerusalem,
and the death of another child who was shot in the head by an Israeli
soldier while out shopping for Eid al-Fitr in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Almost 30 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank since 10
May, and thousands more have been injured.
Settling scores

Israeli police launched a massive arrest campaign against Palestinian
citizens of Israel following widespread protests in solidarity with their
fellow Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Dubbed “law and order” by the police, the campaign is “intended to
intimidate and exact revenge,” according
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/10334> to legal advocacy group
Adalah, which called it “a militarized war.”

By last Monday, more than 1,500 people had been arrested in connection with
confrontations between Palestinian and Jewish residents in cities in Israel
over recent weeks.

At least 70 percent of those detained were Palestinian citizens of Israel,
according
<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/world/middleeast/israel-police-arrests.html>
to *The New York Times*.

Israeli media also reported that the purpose of the arrests were to “settle
the score” with what police claim are criminal gangs operating in
Palestinian communities.

But the enormous disparity and focus on arresting Palestinians indicates a
clear political motive.

“This is a war against Palestinian demonstrators, political activists and
minors,” Adalah said, “employing massive Israeli police forces to raid the
homes of Palestinian citizens.”

In contrast, Israeli authorities were well aware of and even supported
<https://electronicintifada.net/content/today-we-are-nazis-says-member-israeli-jewish-extremist-group/33081>
the premeditated mob violence by Israeli Jewish extremists earlier this
month.

The Israeli Jewish mobs used instant messaging services to organize and
coordinate armed militias to attack Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Apparent execution of child

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian teen last Monday, in what
may be an extrajudicial execution, according
<https://www.dci-palestine.org/early_reports_suggest_israeli_forces_unlawfully_killed_17_year_old_palestinian_boy>
to Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP).

Zuhdi Muhannad al-Tawil, 17, was accused of stabbing a soldier and a
settler at a Jerusalem light rail stop, near Israeli police headquarters in
occupied East Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem light rail, an illegal settler railway linking Israel’s
colonies on occupied Palestinian land, is seen by many Palestinians as a
symbol
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/adri-nieuwhof/jerusalem-light-rail-symbol-israeli-oppression>
of Israeli oppression.

Israeli police released a video showing al-Tawil in an altercation near a
train.
Al-Tawil then runs towards Route 60 where he is chased and shot by Israeli
forces.

The video does not clearly show whether he was shot from the front or
behind.

Another video <https://twitter.com/DCIPalestine/status/1396950812912402434>
filmed by a bystander shows Israeli forces firing at least three shots at
al-Tawil after he was incapacitated and lying on the ground.

This “may amount to an extrajudicial killing,” DCIP said.

Videos circulated by local media shows al-Tawil unconscious, handcuffed and
lying on the ground.

A man with a gun on his waist appears to cut through al-Tawil’s shirt with
scissors.
The teenager was from Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

“Israeli forces routinely unlawfully kill Palestinian children with
impunity, using intentional lethal force against Palestinian children when
not justified by the situation,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, DCIP’s
accountability program director.

DCIP added that international law requires that “intentional lethal force
be used only when absolutely unavoidable where there is a threat to life or
serious injury.”

“If an individual allegedly carries out a criminal act, they should be
apprehended in accordance with international law and afforded due process
of law,” the group stated.

Israeli forces routinely resort to lethal force against Palestinians, even
when they are fleeing or pose no immediate danger – a shoot-to-kill policy
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/executing-palestinians-israeli-policy>
endorsed by Israel’s top officials.
Child shot in head while shopping

DCIP reported
<https://www.dci-palestine.org/14_year_old_palestinian_succumbs_to_wounds_days_after_israeli_forces_shot_him>
that another child, Muhammad Khalil Younis Freijat, died days after he was
shot in the head on 12 May by an Israeli soldier in Hebron.

The 14-year-old had been out shopping for new clothes with a friend in the
city’s Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood, to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday
that marks the end of Ramadan.
Confrontations had broken out between Israeli occupation forces and
Palestinian youths.

“Muhammad Khalil and the other child were at least 300 meters (1,000 feet)
away from the clashes when an Israeli soldier shot him in the left eye with
live ammunition,” DCIP reported.

Doctors at al-Ahli hospital were unable to remove the bullet lodged in the
boy’s brain, and he was pronounced dead on 16 May.
Undercover squad kills man

Last Monday, a Palestinian man was killed
<https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-shot-dead-by-border-police-in-predawn-operation-near-ramallah/>
by an Israeli Border Police unit in al-Bireh, a town near Ramallah.

Ahmad Jamil Fahd was from al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. His slaying
also carries the hallmarks of a possible extrajudicial execution.

“The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear,” *The Times
of Israel* reported, “and a Border Police spokesperson declined a request
for comment.”

The outlet reported, citing an unnamed Israeli “security official,” that
Fahd was allegedly “an accomplice to terrorists” who was “shot as Border
Police sought to arrest terror operatives in a predawn raid.”

Local media reported <http://pnn.ps/news/587055> that Fahd was killed by a
unit of *mistaravim* <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/mistaravim> –
undercover Israeli agents who disguise themselves as Palestinians to abduct
or kill Palestinians.

These agents have also been filmed infiltrating groups of Palestinians
during protests.

Witnesses said the attackers left Fahd to bleed to death.

Local media circulated pictures of his funeral:
Shot in the back

Israeli police in occupied East Jerusalem shot a 16-year-old Palestinian
girl in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet while she stood in front of
her home on 18 May.

The incident was captured on video:
Jana Kiswani and her father had stepped out of their house to see what was
happening in the street in the Sheikh Jarrah
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/sheikh-jarrah> neighborhood when the
girl was attacked as they were going back inside.

While sponge-tipped bullets are supposedly “less lethal,” they can
cause permanent
injuries
<https://www.dci-palestine.org/sponge_tipped_bullet_fired_by_israeli_forces_blinds_boy_in_left_eye>
and death
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/patrick-strickland/palestinian-child-loses-eye-rubber-coated-bullet-fired-israel>
.

The girl suffered serious injuries.

When her father Muhammad Kiswani tried to assist her, Israeli police shot
him in the leg, Tel Aviv daily *Haaretz* reported
<https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-jerusalem-police-officer-who-shot-palestinian-girl-suspended-after-footage-emerges-1.9845088>
.

Occupation forces then fired a stun grenade that landed near the stricken
girl and her father.

“The videos documenting the shooting show that the police officer who fired
at Jana violated almost every clause in the rule of engagement,” *Haaretz*
reported.

“They shot at an unarmed minor, did so at short range, and hit her in the
upper body without aiming his weapon before shooting.”

“He wanted to commit murder,” Muhammad Kiswani told Israeli radio.

Jana was taken to hospital, where she was found to have a spinal fracture
and possible kidney damage, according to *Haaretz*. She will require
lengthy rehabilitation, doctors say.

The officer has been suspended by Israel’s police commissioner pending an
investigation.

Human rights groups have long dismissed Israel’s self-investigation system
as a “fig leaf for the occupation
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/we-will-no-longer-be-fig-leaf-occupation-says-btselem>
.”

Sheikh Jarrah is where Palestinians are resisting Israel’s plans to forcibly
expel
<https://electronicintifada.net/content/fear-and-fury-sheikh-jarrah/32946>
a number of Palestinian families to give their houses to Jewish settlers.

Earlier this month, Israeli police installed
<https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/10329> checkpoints at the
neighborhood’s entrances, preventing Palestinians who do not live there
from entering, while allowing Jewish extremists in.

The shooting of Jana Kiswani happened the same day Palestinians across
historic Palestine held a general strike
<https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-kills-boy-featured-film-about-imprisoned-kids>
in protest against Israel’s occupation and its attack on Gaza
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/may-2021-attack-gaza>.

It was one of dozens
<https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-16-year-old-palestinian-is-latest-target-of-brutality-by-one-of-jerusalem-s-top-cops-1.9846015>
of violent attacks by occupation forces reported in recent weeks.

Israel’s escalation of violence against Palestinians throughout historic
Palestine is intended as “blanket repression and collective punishment” of
all who engage in protest and self-defense, as well as those who are
uninvolved, according <https://www.addameer.org/media/4393> to Addameer.
Child detained

An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was detained
<https://www.dci-palestine.org/israeli_police_arbitrarily_detain_11_year_old_boy_in_east_jerusalem>
last Monday by Israeli police while playing outside his home in Beit
Hanina, an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

A widely circulated video
<https://www.facebook.com/J24FMPalestine/videos/180676827291441> shows
Bassam Mazen al-Kiswani sitting in a police car as his two younger sisters
plead with them not to take him away.
“I promise we won’t do it again,” one of the little girls cries to the
police officers.

The boy’s father Mazen Bassam al-Kiswani said the pretext for the arrest
was that Israeli settlers accused his son of throwing stones.

The boy was eventually released after his father and other family members
intervened with the police.

The minimum age of criminal responsibility is 12 years old both under
Israeli civil and military law, however the rights of Palestinian children
are habitually violated by occupation forces.

*Ali Abunimah contributed reporting.*
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