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News, September 2008
Israeli Occupation Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager, Injure Toddler in Tuqu'a, Invades Nablus Villages, Shaul Mofaz Calls for Assassination of Palestinian Leaders
Palestinian youth killed another injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers
Date: 13 / 09 / 2008 Time: 16:25
A young Palestinian was killed and another injured during clashes
that erupted in the village of Tuqu south east of the West Bank city of
Israeli occupation forces kill a 17-year old Palestinian boy near Bethlehem
A Palestinian child was killed by Israeli occupation forces gunfire in the Tiqu'a village east of Bethlehem in the West Bank Saturday afternoon.
The boy, Hassan el-Abed, 17 died immediately after being struck in the chest with an Israeli occupation army bullet at a short range, local sources reported. The sources added that Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire at stone-throwing children in the village after they invaded the village. One soldier from the border police shot at the group of young boys and killed al-Abed on the spot.
Israeli occupation forces invade several villages near Nablus
Residents in the villages south of the city of Nablus report dozens of Israeli occupation army vehicles invading the area. The Israeli Yitzhar Settlement is nearby, where some houses were reportedly recently burned and a resident stabbed by unknown assailants.
The Israeli occupation army invaded southern Nablus villages. Eyewitnesses report the invasion began in the early hours of Saturday morning. Israeli forces raided homes and carried out invasive searches claiming they were looking for wanted men. Village residents stated it is part of the collective punishment inflicted on them in retaliation for an incident at the nearby illegal Israeli settlement (built illegally on Palestinian lands).
Throughout the last week settlers have stepped up their attacks and provocations against the residents of the villages. Last weekend the Israeli settlers from Zitzhar burned the crops of several farmers.
The Israeli military has imposed curfew on southern Nablus towns.
Israeli Minister pushes for assassination campaign against Palestinians
Shaul Mofaz, the Israeli occupation government Transportation Minister, stated Friday that Israel should reinstate a policy of massive extrajudicial assassinations in the occupied Palestinian Territories, much like the policy under former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Mofaz made the statement in an interview with Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv.
While extrajudicial executions of Palestinians have not ended under the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, there are not as many as there were under Ariel Sharon, who was Prime Minister from 2000 – 2006 until he fell into a coma.
Extrajudicial assassinations are a direct violation of international law and of signed agreements, as they target 'wanted' individuals without giving them a right to a trial. They have also caused significant additional "collateral" civilian casualties in most instances. Israel carries out these assassinations through missile strikes from airplanes, usually targeting cars carrying 'wanted' individuals. Given that the Gaza Strip (one of the two Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories) is one of the most densely populated places on earth, this nearly always results in the killing of bystanders, often children.
In response to the statement by Mofaz, the spokesman for the Islamic Jihad, Ibrahim Al-Najjar stated that this indicates a coming “wave of assassinations and aggression” against the Palestinian people. Al-Najjar told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an News that "Israeli leaders are competing for our blood and all Palestinian parties should unite to prepare for the next wave of Israeli violence”.
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