The present situation of Gaza what is left of Palestine being military attacked by Israel under the excuse of "defending from terrorists". Most of the casualties/dead are children. This blog is just record keeping. Photo Courtesy: Harry Fear, Journalist 2012
In the video Awad and Muhammad chat, and when the host asks Muhammad what he wishes for, the teen answers, “I wish we could all be together, as one family, instead of separated.”
When asked what the situation was like near his home in Hebron, Muhammad answered, “there are always closures, but we are steadfast. We will never leave our house in which we were raised for years and generations, because we will be steadfast to our last breath, until we die.”
Muhammad’s family home is in central Hebron, an area coveted and occupied by Israeli settlers who have steadily been driving Palestinian families out.
Today dozens of Muhammad’s schoolmates attended his funeral in Hebron. “We lost a friend, a brother, and a sporting hero,” his friend Ahmad Al-Jamaltold Ma’an News Agency.
Video of murder scene
Another video, released byB’Tselem, shows the harrowing immediate aftermath of Muhammad’s shooting. There is a brief glimpse of Muhammad lying on the ground, distraught relatives screaming, with Israeli occupation forces present on the scene. Towards the end of the video medics can be seen attending to Muhammad as a voice calls for his father “Abu Awad.”
In the final moments of the video a man, possibly Abu Awad, is heard saying, “ibni, ibni,” – “My son.”
Alleged killer content
Members of Muhammad’s family accused Israeli occupation forces of “fabricating” a story that Muhammad had been carrying a toy gun,as AFP reported:
Salayma’s uncle, Nasser, told AFP that the Israeli version of his nephew’s death was “a fabrication.”
“The plastic gun story isn’t true and it is all fabrication,” he said. Other relatives said Salayma was on his way to buy a birthday cake when the incident took place.
“Yesterday was his birthday and he celebrated it at school and was going to celebrate at home, but it never happened,” Nasser al-Salayma said.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said its preliminary investigations showed Israeli forces “at the checkpoint were detaining a child, who had a plastic pistol” as Salayma approached. When he reached the checkpoint, an Israeli border policewoman “fired at him from a close range… he was hit by three bullets,” the group said.
Muhammad al-Salaymeh’s accused killerhas been named in media reportsas Nofar Mizrahi, 19, a member of the Israeli “Border Police,” a unit of the occupation forces.
Mizrahi wasquoted byThe Jerusalem Postexpressing that she was “happy” at the outcome and had no qualms or regrets about having killed al-Salaymeh even though he may have had a toy gun or nothing at all in his hands:
“It didn’t change it for me, because in those same moments you don’t have time to think or be confused. For me it was a real pistol in every sense of the word pointed at my soldier and it’s my responsibility to act, because if I don’t kill him my friend will be killed, and I won’t let this happen,” said “N” on Thursday.
“After they investigated the incident it turned out it was a fake gun, but it didn’t change how I felt about it. I’m happy this ended with no injuries on our side and I’m sure any other officer in my situation would have done what I did,” she added.
N said that she had only moments to react and instantly got in position, finding a clear line of fire before letting off three shots into al-Salaymeh.
Killings of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces are rarely subjects of credible investigations and Muhammad al-Salaymeh is now the latest of thousands of Palestinians to be killed by the Israeli occupation with little hope of justice or accountability.
Israel has always cried 'holocaust' tears to the world while singing the old tune of "Defending itself and its citizens".
How do they do it? By banning or killing international journalists by bribing their supportive governments.
Palestine is destroyed as a State so is Gaza. Meanwhile the "chronically suffering Israel" has developed to a point it does not need Uncle Sam anymore, see their infrastructure, see their military development up to nuclear programs... and they are the eternal "poor" in need.