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Israeli forces shoot dead 16-year-old Palestinian boy

Defense for Children International Palestine | June 11, 2021

Ramallah — Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian boy today in the northern occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces shot Mohammad Said Mohammad Hamayel, 16, with live ammunition around 4:30 p.m. today during a protest in the village of Beita, located southeast of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. The bullet entered the right side of Mohammad’s chest and exited the left side, striking him in the left arm, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Mohammad was taken to the Beita field hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Israeli forces frequently use live ammunition for crowd control to disperse protesters, ignoring their obligation under international law to only resort to intentional lethal force when a direct, mortal threat to life or of serious injury exists,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP. “Systemic impunity has fostered an environment where Israeli forces know no bounds.”

When Mohammad was killed, Beita village residents were protesting against a new illegal Israeli outpost recently established on the village’s land. In the last month, Israeli settlers have established a new illegal outpost, Evyatar, on lands belonging to Beita and two other Palestinian villages, Qabalan and Yatma, Haaretz reported this week. The outpost, which already has around 40 structures, was established on a hill that was the site of an Israeli army base in the 1980s, according to Haaretz.

Since 2013, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 168 Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory with live ammunition and crowd-control weapons, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

Mohammad is the eighth child from the occupied West Bank shot and killed by Israeli forces this year. On May 5, Israeli forces shot and killed 16-year-old Said Yousef Mohammad Odeh in Odala, a neighboring village about one mile north of Beita. Israeli forces reportedly confronted Palestinian youth at the village entrance prior to Said’s shooting. Said did not pose any threat to Israeli forces at the time he was shot, according to information collected by DCIP.

Under international law, intentional lethal force is only justified in circumstances where a direct threat to life or of serious injury is present. However, investigations and evidence collected by DCIP regularly suggest that Israeli forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings.

Israeli forces are rarely held accountable for grave violations against Palestinian children, including unlawful killings and excessive use of force. According to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, around 80 percent of complaints filed with Israeli authorities by Palestinians for alleged violations and harm by Israeli soldiers between 2017 and 2018 were closed with no criminal investigation opened. Of complaints where a criminal investigation was opened, only three incidents (3.2 percent) resulted in indictments. Overall, the chances that a complaint leads to an indictment of an Israeli soldier for violence, including killing, or other harm is 0.7 percent, according to Yesh Din.

An outpost is an emerging illegal Israeli settlement initially established as small communities on hilltops throughout the West Bank, generally located nearby or in between larger permanent illegal settlements. They house a few families or several settler youths living in trailers and other temporary shelters with only basic infrastructure. Funding and support from private donors and the Israeli government help to construct roads and infrastructure and eventually transform the outpost into a permanent Jewish-only Israeli settlement.

Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law. Israel’s policy of settling its civilians in occupied territory is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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  1. State sponsored, state promoted and state protected murder. That state will continue this with the purpose of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in order to attempt to drive out all non-jewish occupants. Yet, when identified as such, it will cry it is being labeled such, exactly what it is, and to do so, denigrates jewish people and is ‘anti-semitism’, whatever that by-now amorphous term which is really, such an asinine defense as to deserve derision and scorn.

    What really deserves derision and scorn and much more, is the Zionist state and all who enable it, whether jewish or otherwise.

    How can such criminality be defensible? It can’t. Unless it is allowed to be.

    Israel is not an ally to any, whether America or otherwise. It is the opposite: a criminal state operation, whose goal is… obvious by its history.

    Support that supports its present and future. To be part of both is complicity in state-sponsored criminality.

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    Comment by michael | June 11, 2021 | Reply

  2. Israel not only kills Palestinian children, it also crushed an American girl Rachelle Corrie(?) under a military vehicle, some years ago, and not a word of rebuke from the USA President at the time.

    The USA didn’t rebuke Israel either, when it killed and wounded over 200 American sailors on the US LIBERTY in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea in 1967. President LBJ called back the US Navy which was going to its aid………Israel has the USA by the “nuts”, and can do anything it wants……and NO ONE can stop them…..

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 11, 2021 | Reply

  3. Genocidal megalomaniacs who imagine that they are the master race. They deserve no sympathy, and, when the time comes, no mercy.

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    Comment by traducteur | June 11, 2021 | Reply

  4. The Sixth Fleet who were going to the aid of the Liberty should have ignored the order as it was an illegal order based on
    treason by the U.S. gov. Instead, a Russian ship over-saw the security of the Liberty until help finally came seventeen hrs.

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    Comment by The Willpower | June 12, 2021 | Reply

    • A Russian ship had to help the Liberty? That makes it even more disgraceful, the inaction by the USA government(LBJ, I think)…….was UNFOREGIVABLE, and yet, no one was held to account??????

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 12, 2021 | Reply

      • They try to omit that part of the story but it is true. LBJ should have been executed – he was quoted as saying, “I want that G.D. ship
        at the bottom of the ocean.”

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        Comment by The Willpower | June 12, 2021 | Reply

        • Just another Scumbag American President………..looking after himself only…..

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          Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 12, 2021 | Reply

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