Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child In Hebron

15:00 Jul 28 2021 Beit Ummar

Mohammad Moayyad Bahjat al-‘Allami, 11. Published by IMEMC News and Btselem

by IMEMC News
July 28, 2021

Israeli soldiers killed, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian child at the entrance of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers fired live rounds at a car his father was driving in Abu Toaq area, at the entrance of Beit Ummar, seriously wounding the child, before the medics rushed him to the al-Ahli hospital, in Hebron, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said the child, Mohammad Moayyad Bahjat al-‘Allami, 11, was a six-grade student at Beit Ummar Basic School.

Nasri Sabarna, the Mayor of Beit Ummar town, said the father was driving with his son and daughter, when Mohammad asked him to stop at a local shop to buy something.

Sabarna added that the father then made a U-Turn trying to get to the shop before Israeli soldiers stationed nearby started shouting at the car and ordering him to stop, but one of the soldiers opened fire at the car wounding the child in the chest.

The child later succumbed to his serious wounds, while his father and sister were not injured in the incident.

The Palestinian Education Ministry issued a statement denouncing his murder and called upon all related human rights groups to intervene and end the escalating Israeli crimes against the unarmed Palestinian people, especially the children.

In related news, Israeli soldiers dug the grave of a deceased Palestinian newborn baby girl, just a few hours after her family buried her at the graveyard in Beit Ummar.

The soldiers took the corpse out of the grave and placed it on the ground, before leaving the area.

Sabarna said that the Town Council contacted the family to informed them of what the soldiers did and to conduct the burial ceremony again.


Israeli Soldiers killing 11- year old Muhammad Abu Sarah al Alami, 28 July 2021
published Aug 4, 2021

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem): Press Release Aug 3, 2021

On Saturday, 28 July 2021, at around 3:00 P.M., Muayad Abu Sarah (al-‘Alami), a 37-year-old resident of Beit Ummar in Hebron District, drove to the entrance to the village with three of his sons. Two of them – Muhammad (11) and ‘Anan (9) – were in the back seat of the car and Ahmad (5) was sitting in front. The father noticed soldiers by the military post and drove backwards. After driving about 30 meters, he turned around, and then the soldiers opened fire at the car.

In two segments of video footage published by B’Tselem, the car is seen approaching the post and then slowing down and driving backwards. Then, for no apparent reason, soldiers standing by the post are seen running towards the car and opening a massive volley of fire at the passengers: the father and his three children, Ahmad (5), ‘Anan (9), and Muhammad (11).

The video includes footage from two security cameras: on the right, a smartphone documentation from one camera (whose original footage the military seized after the incident); on the left, footage from another angle including sound, in which the shots are heard. The clocks on the two security cameras show an hour’s gap as they were not synchronized: one was set to daylight saving time and the other was not.

The choice to open fire at the car, in the heart of a populated residential area, was unjustified, as none of the passengers posed a risk — to the soldiers or to any other person. The explanation offered by the military, that the soldiers fired at the car after suspecting the passengers had buried a dead baby – has absolutely no bearing upon the shooting.

This heinous killing of an 11-year-old boy demonstrates, yet again, how low the value of Palestinians’ lives is in the eyes of the soldiers, their commanders and the policymakers – who are responsible for the military’s lethal open-fire policy. The official statement than a Military Police investigation has been launched is merely a means of silencing criticism, and this kind of investigation is the first step towards whitewashing the incident.
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