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Shufat residents bury Palestinian killed during Israeli raid a week earlier

Sept. 13, 2016 11:01 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 14, 2016 3:50 P.M.)
Locals inspect the car of Ali Nimr, accused of manslaughter for the death of his brother in law who was shot dead by Israeli police on Sep. 9 (File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Mustafa Nimr, a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces during a night raid earlier this month, was buried on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank refugee camp of Shufat, Quds News Agency reported.

According to the agency, Nimr’s body was returned by Israeli authorities on Tuesday and buried in the Anata village cemetery.

Nimr, a 27-year-old resident of Shufat, was killed in the early hours on Sept. 5 when he and his brother-in-law Ali Nimr accidentally stumbled unto clashes during an ongoing Israeli army raid as they were driving in the area. Soldiers showered the car in bullets, killing Nimr, who was in the passenger seat, and injuring his relative.

Although Israeli forces initially claimed that Ali and Mustafa Nimr were trying to attack them, they later admitted to Nimr’s family that he was “killed by mistake.”

Nimr’s mother told Ma’an at the time that Mustafa and his brother-in-law were planning on bringing home food and new clothing for Ali’s daughter that night.

On Monday, an Israeli judge harshly criticized Israeli police for attempting to blame Ali Nimr’s ‘negligent driving’ for Nimr’s death, nonetheless extending his detention over accusations by Israeli police of manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, driving without a license, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and endangering lives.

According to Ma'an documentation, Nimr was the fourth resident of the Shufat refugee camp to have been killed by Israeli forces since October.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for failing to carry out due process in response to alleged and actual attacks, particularly in regard to the apparent extrajudicial executions of Palestinians who did not pose a threat when they were killed.

A number of Palestinians have killed under circumstances similar to Nimr's death, by coming under indiscriminate Israeli army fire while driving near to a military operation.

In late June, 15-year-old Mahmoud Raafat Badran was killed near Ramallah by Israeli soldiers after they "showered" the vehicle he was traveling in with live fire.

Though Israeli media first reported Badran as a "terrorist" who had been throwing stones, he was later revealed to be an innocent bystander to a nearby incident where pedestrian youth had been throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles.

In July, 22-year-old Anwar Falah al-Salaymeh was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the town of al-Ram in the West Bank district of Jerusalem, when he and two friends driving in the area stumbled upon an ongoing Israeli army raid in the area.

At the time, the army said that forces shot at a “speeding vehicle heading towards them,” killing al-Salaymeh and grievously injuring one of the two other Palestinians in the vehicle.

However, the surviving passengers in the car categorically denied that they had attempted to run over the soldiers, saying that they were heading to a bakery and had been unaware that Israeli forces were deployed in the area.

Rights groups have challenged Israel's narrative in the death's Badran's and al-Salaymeh's, asserting that their killings and scores of others by Israeli forces since last fall have amounted to “extrajudicial executions,” as they have been carried out even when there was no threat of immediate danger.
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