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Israel kills child out shopping with his dad
Tamara Nassar, Electronic Intifada, Jul 29 2021

Muhammad Abu Sara, 11 (DCIP)

An 11-year-old Palestinian child was killed by Israeli occupation forces as he rode in his father’s car on Wednesday. Israeli forces then fatally shot another Palestinian youth during the child’s funeral in the village of Beit Ummar on Thursday. On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers also killed the water engineer for the West Bank village of Beita. The child, Muhammad Muayyad Abu Sara, was running errands with his family near the entrance of Beit Ummar near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The boy’s father, Muayyad Abu Sara, was in the car with Muhammad and his other children, Anan, 9, and Ahmad, 5, he told media. Six Israeli soldiers reportedly ordered him to stop and opened fire while the car was around 50 meters away. The soldiers fired at least 13 bullets at the vehicle, witnesses told Defense for Children International Palestine. A bullet struck the boy in the chest. He was taken to hospital for surgery, but died hours later. The father told media that as they were driving, Muhammad reminded him that they had forgotten to go to the grocery store. The father said he turned the car around and felt bullets “raining” on them. He told his children to lower their heads. His 5-year-old son was able to hide under the seat, but he said he found the 11-year-old unconscious on his sister’s lap. The father said all four could have been killed in that car. Pictures of the vehicle’s interior following the shooting show groceries splattered with blood.

Muhammad’s father said:

I didn’t have him until six or seven years after I got married. They took him from me, they kidnapped him from my heart. I also died, not just Muhammad.

The killing occurred close to an Israeli military watchtower near Route 60, a highway used by Israeli settlers where Israeli gunfire has killed multiple Palestinians. Palestinians placed a blood-splattered bag of bread on the boy’s body during his funeral on Thursday, a symbol of the ordinariness of the errand his family was on when Israeli soldiers turned it into a scene of horror. The village municipality announced a general strike on Thursday to mourn the boy’s killing.

IOF fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at Palestinians protesting the boy’s killing in Beit Ummar on Thursday, killing one and injuring at least 12. Shawkat Khalid Awad, 20, was shot in the head and abdomen and died from his wounds on Thursday, according to Palestinian health authorities. Local media circulated pictures showing him at Abu Sara’s funeral:

Disturbing video shows mourners running with the body of the 11-year-old Muhammad Abu Sara during the funeral, trying to evade attacks by Israeli forces.

Muhammad Abu Sara is 11th child to be killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank this year, according to Defense for Children International Palestine. The human rights group said:

IOF use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings.

In an attempt to explain the killing, the Israeli army said soldiers saw people digging in a graveyard near the town, and watched them until they left in their car. The soldiers then went to the graveyard, where the army say they found a bag containing the body of a newborn baby. Afterwards, according to the army, the soldiers observed a vehicle nearby and assumed it was the same people they claim to have seen in the graveyard. The soldiers then supposedly initiated an “arrest procedure,” which involved shooting at the car’s wheels and firing warning shots in the air. This does not explain how the car was riddled with bullets, an indication either that the soldiers intended to fire directly at the car, or are dangerously incompetent with their weapons. It is also unclear why the soldiers considered people digging in a graveyard to be so suspicious that it needed to arrest or shoot at them. The army said it would investigate the “claim that a Palestinian child was killed as a result of the shooting” and findings would be submitted to the military prosecutor. Israel’s military self-investigations routinely whitewash crimes against Palestinians and almost never result in accountability. The newborn’s father and Beit Ummar’s mayor, however, give a different account of what happened. Mayor Nasri Sabarneh told WAFA that it was Israeli soldiers who dug out the grave. Sabarneh said:

The Israeli occupation army exhumed the grave of the newborn girl after she was buried by her parents in the town’s children’s cemetery.

Ali Anwar Zaaqiq, the father of the baby who was named Leen, told WAFA that after burying his daughter, the mayor rang him to tell him what the IOF had done. Zaaqiq said:

I returned to the cemetery to find occupation soldiers and Israeli doctors standing near the grave after they had taken Leen out, removed her shroud and left her beside the grave.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man was fatally shot by Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday. Shadi Omar Lutfi Salim, 41, was a water engineer in the village of Beita near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Beita’s deputy mayor Musa Hamayel told media that Salim was on his way home from work when he was killed.

Salim was the water engineer for the village. “He was killed in cold blood,” Hamayel said, asserting that there had been no protests in the area that night. According to Haaretz:

The army said Salim had quickly advanced towards soldiers with an object in his hand that was later identified as an iron bar. Witnesses say they saw Salim walking from his car with a wrench toward the main faucet on the night of the incident, and heard gunfire soon after.

In recent months, Palestinians have been resisting a new Israeli colonial outpost built on land belonging to the Nablus-area villages of Qabalan, Yatma and Beita. The outpost has been previously evacuated, but settlers have returned to it.

IOF raided the offices of Defense for Children International Palestine in al-Bireh on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah early Thursday morning. The military confiscated computers and files related to Palestinian child detainees whose cases DCIP works on. Security camera footage shows at least a dozen Israeli soldiers in the offices of the human rights group. DCIP’s field investigations and in-depth reporting are essential to document Israeli crimes against Palestinian children, including injuries, killings and detentions.

Israeli forces also raided the Bisan Center for Research and Development in Ramallah early on Thursday, vandalizing offices and shattering doors.

Israeli forces confiscated computers and rifled through files, Palestinian researcher Ubai al-Aboudi, who heads Bisan, told a local media organization. Al-Aboudi has been previously detained by Israel. Bisan center stated:

This direct targeting of an academic and research institute by occupation forces is a dangerous breach of academic freedoms.

Algerian olympian punished for refusing match with Israeli
Tamara Nassar, Electronic Intifada, Jul 29 2021

Sports federations are punishing an Arab athlete for refusing to compete against an Israeli in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine forfeited a Jul 26 elimination match against Sudanese counterpart Mohamed Abd’al-Rasul, as the winner of that round would have gone on to compete against Israel’s Tohar Butbul. Nourine wrote on Facebook on Jul 23:

Any competition held under the Israeli flag is a recognition of not only the State of Israel, but also of the legitimacy of their occupation of Palestinian land.

His withdrawal eliminated the possibility of facing off against the Israeli. Nourine explained that he refused to normalize with a representative of a “colonizer and an occupier.” Nourine told Al Jazeera on Jul 24:

This Olympic competition was mine and I trained for it for years, but during my first contest, I encountered an Israeli. Withdrawal is not easy. But the goal and the message are much greater than this, that the Palestinian cause is just and the Zionist entity is a colonizer and an occupier.

Nourine denounced recent decisions by Arab states to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a “disgrace” for Arabs and Muslims. Following Nourine’s withdrawal, Abd’al-Rasul was slated to face Butbul by default, but he withdrew from his fight with the Israeli as well. Abd’al-Rasul reportedly did not show up despite weighing in earlier. He did not make a public statement, though Butbul’s team had been informed that Abd’al-Rasul had a shoulder injury, according to the AP. Nourine and his coach Amar Benikhlef were stripped of their Olympic accreditation and sent home, according to James Macleod, director of “solidarity” at the International Olympic Committee. Macleod said the IOC was “concerned” and that it is “monitoring” the decisions to see if “there are flagrant abuses of the Olympic charter.”

The International Judo Federation temporarily suspended Nourine and his coach while they conduct an “investigation, judgment and final sanctioning beyond the Olympic Games.” The Algerian Olympic Committee also withdrew Nourine and his coach’s accreditation and imposed sanctions. The IJF said the athlete and his coach’s public statements were “in total opposition” to the philosophy of the IJF, which supposedly promotes “strict non-discrimination” and “solidarity as a key principle.” This is ironic, considering Nourine made his decision in solidarity with Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and apartheid. The position of the International Olympic Committee is perverse given that for decades the body refused to allow apartheid South Africa to compete, a fact the IOC still boasts about. Today there is growing recognition, including from B’Tselem, Israel’s leading human rights group, and Human Rights Watch, that Israel commits the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people. But now, the IOC enforces “solidarity” not with the victims of apartheid, but with the state perpetrating it.

The IJF’s punishment of Nourine and his coach also comes as no surprise. In recent years, judo has served as a vehicle for sports normalization between Israel and nations with which it had no official relations. As Israel’s culture minister in 2018, Miri Regev, extensively lobbied IJF president Marius Vizer, to exclude the UAE and Tunisia from judo events until they complied with normalization requirements. The UAE Judo Federation then capitulated to Israel’s demands to exhibit Israel’s flag and play its national anthem at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in 2018. Regev traveled along with her country’s judo team to the competition, part of a blitz of Israeli normalization with Arab states gaining steam at the time. She cried with emotion as the Israeli anthem was played in the Gulf country. In 2020, Israel and the UAE announced the establishment of full diplomatic relations. While individual athletes are punished for taking political stances in solidarity with oppressed peoples, the International Judo Federation appears to be proud of its own political activities in support of the oppressors. In 2018, the IJF’s Marius Vizer held an apparently friendly meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, then Israel’s leader. The following year he promoted normalization by the UAE for hosting Israeli athletes, saying it “opened a very important door for the future.”

When Israel and the UAE announced they would establish formal diplomatic ties, the IJF bragged that it played a role in bringing this about. Meanwhile, Saeid Mollaei, an Iranian judoka now representing Mongolia, has dedicated his silver medal to the Israeli people. Mollaei is an Iranian defector who is competing in the Olympics under the Mongolian flag. He made headlines in 2019 when he was understood to have intentionally forfeited or lost rounds at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo in order to avoid matches with Israeli athletes. Mollaei lost the match that would have qualified him to face Israel’s Sagi Muki. Israeli media and the IJF claimed at the time that Iranian intelligence agents and government officials pressured the athlete and his family not to face Muki. It is unclear to what extent this is true. Mollaei has been living in Germany, and has acquired Mongolian citizenship. Mollaei helped train the Israeli Olympic judo team ahead of the Tokyo games. Now, he is lending himself to anti-Iran propaganda by major Israel lobby groups and Israeli propagandists.

The IJF has previously tried to pressure Iran’s national Olympic committee, which pledged in 2019 to “fully respect the Olympic Charter and its non-discrimination principle.” While Israel is not explicitly named in that statement, the move was understood by Israeli media as a response to Iranian judokas’ refusal to fight Israeli athletes by forfeiting matches. All eyes are now on Saudi judoka Tahani Alqahtani, who is scheduled to face off with Israel’s Raz Hershko on Friday. No matter what she decides to do, it will be a statement.

One Comment

  1. traducteur
    Posted July 30, 2021 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    They take a particular ghoulish relish in killing Palestinian children. I no longer refer to them as Jewish Nazis; the term does an injustice to the National Socialists of the 1930s and 1940s, who were angelic children compared to this lot.

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