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Father of Jenin teen says 'son killed in cold blood'

April 28, 2015 4:57 P.M. (Updated: April 29, 2015 5:24 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of Muhammad Murad Yahiya, 18, on Tuesday after he was shot dead by Israeli forces late Monday in al-Araqa village west of Jenin.

"Israel assassinated my son in cold blood," Yahiya's father, Murad, told Ma'an. "After a family wedding Muhammad and several of his friends went walking in our lands near the separation wall when Israeli soldiers opened fire and hit him."

Muhammad's uncle, Zayid, said that Israeli forces at the scene tied his feet together as he lay bleeding on the ground and kept him there for several hours.

Secretary-general of Fatah in al-Araqa, Muhammad Waked, condemned the killing, while head of the village council Raed Yahiya said Israel "continuously targets the village by building the separation wall and shooting at locals to prevent them from approaching the wall."

The governor of Jenin, security forces, and representatives from Palestinian political parties joined villagers for the funeral.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that the teen had been shot with a live bullet by Israeli forces in his lower stomach.

He underwent surgery after his injury was reported as critical, but was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

An Israeli army spokeswoman alleged Yaihiya was with a group of Palestinians "attempting to breach the security fence," and that Israeli forces ordered them to halt.

When the Palestinians "refused to halt" the soldiers opened fire "at their lower extremities," she said.

She confirmed that one Palestinian was hit, and said that the Israeli Military Advocate General had opened an investigation into the incident.

Muhammad Yahiya is the third Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in recent days, after another teenager was killed in East Jerusalem for allegedly running at Israeli police "wielding a knife," and a Palestinian man was shot dead in Hebron after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.

Comments
Outlier / USA
No, he was killed during a Palestinian demonstration where demonstrators charged security barriers and ignored demands to stop. What were demonstrators expecting - lobbed teddy bears?
28/04/2015 21:29
JoeUSA / USA
A son is dear and to be killed by occupation forces is traumatic. The oppression continues , the resistance will also continue.Israel cannot expect security by putting a boot on peoples' necks.
29/04/2015 00:21
@ Outlier / USA
In Balata refugee camp today, Palestinian demonstrators stole a weapon from Palestinian security forces, and this is exactly the reason that
Israel's security forces do not "lobbed teddy bears", since such weapon would be used to murder Jews.
29/04/2015 00:40
A. / uk
No you idiot! He was coming back from the wedding with his siblings when this bloody zionist shot him dead! And than they raided the house in excuse of searching for weapons! I bet you are bloody zionist yourself! They are the real terrorists!
29/04/2015 05:40
Jon / USA
Sounds like more Israeli BS denial of fact. The questions is, why do the Israeli put up barriers to discriminate and limit travel by non Jews? Apartheid continues to take a toll on those who fight against oppression and colonization and theft of their lands.
29/04/2015 07:04
Outlier / USA
A, two vastly different stories being told of this event, both plausible and both colored by their source to defend their own reality. The truth here is hard to say, but security is not terrorism. BTW, Jon neither is security apartheid
29/04/2015 18:23
Jon / USA
Apartheid is apartheid no matter the excuses made by Israel. Security is their excuse for all wrongs done to Palestinians. The truth is, since before 1948 Israel has had its eyes on all land from sea to river and the only way to get it is to rid the area of Palestinians. Nothing to do with security.
30/04/2015 17:18
ian / australia
(contd.) in his OCCUPIED home is shot in the stomach by soldiers aiming at his "lower extremities" because he didn't "halt" when ordered to, there's nothing wrong. Everything is under control. That you don't have a problem with any part of this horrific event shows you don't actually THINK
30/04/2015 23:02
ian / australia
(contd.) so much as rise to the occasion on cue to defend each and every new appalling thing Israel does.
30/04/2015 23:03
ian / australia (1)
Why are you even on a Palestinian website, Outlier? What function do you think you perform? PR for the spotless record of the IDF? Advocate for the Purity of Arms of the MMAITW? Apologist for state terror? Bearer of the reassuring message that even though a teenager walking home from a wedding
01/05/2015 13:56
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) in his OCCUPIED home is shot in the stomach by soldiers aiming at his "lower extremities" because he didn't "halt" when ordered to, there's nothing wrong. Everything is under control. That you don't have a problem with any part of this horrific event shows you don't actually THINK
01/05/2015 13:58
ian / australia (3)
(contd.) so much as rise to the occasion on cue to defend each and every new appalling thing Israel does.
01/05/2015 13:59
Outlier / USA
Palestinians in the territories controlled by Israel due to two wars are not citizens of Israel and security - plus two intafadas - means they do not have the same freedoms as Israeli citizens. Sorry Jon, that is not apartheid, no matter how many times you say it.
01/05/2015 18:09
ian / australia (1)
"...security is not terrorism...neither is security apartheid" True, Outlier. Practiced lawfully, maintaining the "security" of a state doesn't involve "terrorism" or "apartheid" but this is Israel we're talking about and the aggressive OCCUPATION of a neighbour state. And because the territory Israel
01/05/2015 23:32
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) is attempting to "secure" is not, in fact, ISRAEL, but invaded/occupied PALESTINE, with a subjugated population needing to be kept subjugated (like Muhammad Murad Yahiya may his soul rest in perfect peace) "terrorism" and "apartheid" are inevitable and necessary.
01/05/2015 23:33
ian / australia (1)
"Sorry Jon, that is not apartheid, no matter how many times you say it." You're right, Outlier. (I am trying to be more civil in future, what with the new 300 character limit. Oy.) It's an OCCUPATION of territory which is NOT Israel, with, as Jon points out, plans for permanent annexation
02/05/2015 01:28
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) which we all know, because we've read the preamble to 242, is illegal. (Israel my "control" territory "due to two wars" but that doesn't make it legal or Israel any more than Poland was Germany in 1939.) Occupied people understandably resist and need to be bludgeoned into submission.
02/05/2015 01:29
ian / australia (3)
(contd.) So, it's not exactly a system of "apartheid" Israel maintains in occupied Palestine (with CITIZENS discriminated against on racial lines) as much as a war zone, with an invader imposing a brutal regime on the invaded, but it's so close, it's nitpicking to argue it.
02/05/2015 01:30
Outlier / USA
Sorry Ian and Jon, neither you nor anyone else KNOW the final outcome regarding the land. Most will likely end up in a Palestinian state and a peace agreement may produce swaps, which is not annexation.
02/05/2015 17:31
Support BDS, let's end this thuggisg, brutal occupation.
08/05/2015 15:41
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