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Thousands attend funeral for Palestinian accused of stabbing soldier

April 26, 2015 5:44 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2015 10:17 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of Mahmoud Abu Jheisha on Sunday, after the 20-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron when he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.

The funeral procession began at the Amari Mosque in Abu Jheisha's hometown of Idhna, west of Hebron, where family and friends paid their final respects, before he was taken to be buried in the town cemetery.

Participants reportedly chanted slogans condemning Israeli crimes and calling for an end to Israeli practices as part of the occupation.

Abu Jheisha was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Witnesses told Ma'an that he stabbed the soldiers a number of times before Israeli forces shot him dead.

The Israeli soldier, who was moved to a Jerusalem hospital, received stab wounds in his head and chest, and his condition was described as moderate.

Speaking at the funeral, Abu Jheisha's father Yahya denied that his son had stabbed the soldier, saying that his son had left home on Saturday to pray in the Ibrahimi Mosque.

He added that his family had been shocked to see photos of their son published in the media, and he called on the Palestinian authorities to bring his son's death to the International Criminal Court.


Abu Jheisha was not carrying personal documents at the time of his death, and he was only identified late last night, after early reports mistakenly identified him as Assad al-Salayma.

AFP reported that Israeli soldiers had been preventing Palestinians from accessing the mosque when the incident took place.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is of religious significance to both Muslims and Jews, and has historically been a flashpoint between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly after a Brooklyn-born Jewish settler massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque in 1994.

Around 700 settlers live in 80 homes in the city center of Hebron, surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians.

The settlements -- illegal under international law -- are protected by the Israeli army in the tightly controlled city, where many streets are off limits to Palestinians.

Saturday's incident came a day after a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed in East Jerusalem when he allegedly ran toward Israeli police officers "wielding" a knife.

It shortly preceded another alleged attack in East Jerusalem, when Israeli police claim a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli officers, injuring four.

There have been a spate of attacks on Israeli military and civilians in recent months, largely in the wake of Israeli activities across the occupied Palestinian Territories, including last summer's offensive on Gaza which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead.

In the six months to the end of February, the UN reported that 17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and settlers across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while 10 Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks.

Thousands of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in the same period.

allegedly stabbing / ???????
he stabbed!!!
26/04/2015 18:59
john / usa
he stabbed the soldier... securaty cameras cought it
26/04/2015 21:10
Johnny benson / USA
Such madness....the whole Middle East is roiling with murderous hate ,displacement and death...all reason is gone...and Iran is going for the bomb...all Arabs must pray that Israel takes Iran out,before its to late...the Persians are far more dangerous to Arabs then Jews ever were
26/04/2015 21:28
Phil / USA
Very sad. One thing makes me curious: why do the parents of these attackers almost always seem to deny that their children were guilty of anything? Is it a protecton against the devastating grief, is it political words just for the record, or do they actually believe what they claim?
27/04/2015 02:03
@John / USA
You believe Zionist security cameras? If you weren't so brainwashed you would know for sure that the soldier stabbed himself!
27/04/2015 05:45
ncba / weirdistan
There is no more despicable evil on earth than animals like j.benson who want to turn brother vs brother. But animals like jb have been EXTREMELY successful at dividing Muslims, getting them to fight/kill each other.
U also served Israel's propaganda purpose when you stab a soldier.
27/04/2015 07:00
neither johnny can't spell / yuesay
americans can't even write basic English.
security - not securaty
caught - not cought
more dangerous thAn Jews

Iran is not as stupid as Johnny. If Iran dropped a nuke, their entire country would be a reduced to a radioactive black hole.
27/04/2015 07:24
spb / usa
that green thingy on the head, doe it mean environmentalist?
27/04/2015 16:01
Louis / USA
The title should read
"Thousands of supporters attend funeral of terrorist who stabbed Israeli man"

@ Phil: I've been seeing that too, it might be the "my kids perfect, its everyone else's fault" mentality. The Tsarnaev family still believes there kids aren't the Boston bombers despite the evidence
27/04/2015 21:31
Rachamim Dwek / Sussiya, Israel
Ma'an, now that the head cleric at Ibrahimi has- AS YOU REPORTED LATER- admitted that the Arab stabbed the Borderpoliceman 3 times before he was shpt, are you going to clarify THIS article to remove the adjective "allegedly"?
04/05/2015 13:42
Rachamim Dwek / Sussiya, Israel
How can "700 Settlers live among 200,00 Palestinians" when H2 has only 56,000 people? The facts: 27,000 Jews live side by side with 29,000 Arabs. By law no Jew can even enter H1, much less live there. As for "Settlements" being illegal, no court has ever determined this so stop propagandising.
10/05/2015 14:09
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