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16-Year Old Arrested, Fined After Being Shot By Settler

July 10, 2010

16-year old Ibrahim Al-Biss with his younger sister Yara

On June 3, an Israeli settler shot Ibrahim Al-Biss and his friend Moataz outside Al-Aroub camp. Three weeks later and only one week after the 16-year-old left the hospital, Israeli police detained the boy at Kiryat Arabat. After his father paid 1500 shekels to release him, the police served Ibrahim with a military court order. Written and photographed by Kara Newhouse.

“I still don’t believe it’s real,” Ibrahim said of the arrest. In the hospital after being shot he had told me that he felt the violent experience was just a dream.

On June 6, after encouragement from Israeli police, Ibrahim’s father, Muhammad Al-Biss, filed a complaint about his son’s shooting. Israeli law requires the police to investigate the incident. The family claim without police advice they would have dropped the matter, but they followed it to their cost.

On June 21, Israeli police called Ibrahim and Muhammad into Gush Etzion station regarding the complaint Muhammad filed against the settler. When the father and son arrived, the Israeli authorities there sent them to Kiryat Araba, where police handcuffed Ibrahim and held him from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on charges of throwing stones at settlers on Highway 60.

Ibrahim’s father remained with him the entire time. He said that the police told him the settler admitted to shooting the boys without provocation, but that someone from the camp had made the accusation of stone-throwing. Muhammad surmised that police obtained the testimony through intimidation or else made it up entirely. Ibrahim had affirmed before his arrest that he had not thrown stones at the settler’s vehicle. According to a representative of the Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, the charges of stone throwing do not legally justify a self-defence argument for a settler’s shooting of the boys, however, a full investigation by Israeli police is unlikely.

Ibrahim suffered one bullet wound in the settler attack and underwent surgery on three internal organs. Now in his family home, his convalescence confines him to a couch except for when using the bathroom. At the police station, he was deprived of food, water and education. Muhammad insisted to the police that Ibrahim’s injury should have prohibited them from legally holding his son. A military doctor inspected the boy’s wound and confirmed that Ibrahim should be arrested in a hospital or have a full-time doctor with him. Instead, the police told his father to pay 1500 shekels in bail. When he did, they gave him a military court order telling Ibrahim to appear in trial on October 12.

The representative from B’Tselem said that even though Israeli military law allows for children above 16 to be tried in adult courts, Ibrahim is likely to have a juvenile trial. She reported that in 99% cases of stone throwing, the defendant takes a plea bargain and serves between three and five months in jail. Ibrahim’s family has not hired a lawyer for the case.

Mahmoud Jabari contributed to this report.

http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1475

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Al Aqsa Brigades Vow Response After 3 Killed by Israel in Nablus

December 26, 2009

Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli forces stormed the Old City of Nablus in the early hours of Saturday morning raiding several homes and killing three men affiliated with Fatah’s military wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Three youths were also killed in Gaza overnight.

“By this killing in Nablus and Gaza, the Israeli occupation has thrown open the doors of its own inferno,” an Al-Aqsa spokesman calling himself Abu Mahmoud said in a statement following the escalations overnight Friday.

Sources said two of the men were “killed in cold blood” by soldiers in their homes in the Old City. The two were identified as 38-year-old Raed Sakarji and Ghassan Abu Sharkh, whose brother Nayif was a former Al-Aqsa leader in Nablus and was killed by the Israeli army several years ago.

Nablus Deputy Governor Anan Al-Atira confirmed that Anan Subih, 33, was also killed [pictured above]. She said Subih was a former Al-Aqsa fighter who had received full amnesty from Israel after he turned in his weapons, signed a form swearing to renounce violence and spending months in Palestinian police protective custody while Israel okayed the deal.

Sakarji and Abu Sarkh were evacuated to the Rafidia Hospital with several bullet wounds each in the chest. Sakarji’s wife was also taken to hospital to be treated for shrapnel injury to her legs.

The Al-Aqsa spokesman said Israel’s actions would see their soldiers “only face fire and blood as bombers operate in Israel day and night. The Israelis will regret what they did because our retaliation will come very soon,” while a second statement from another branch of the group, the “Martyr Tamir Al-Khateib Brigades,” said, “Our attitude toward Jihad and resistance will not change, and the Israeli crime will not go unpunished.”

A statement from the Israeli military said soldiers “entered Nablus in an attempt to locate and arrest the men suspected of involvement in the murder of Meir Avshalom Hai this past Thursday.” A spokeswoman said the three slain “were responsible.”

An organization calling itself the Imad Mughniya Group and proclaiming affiliation to Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility in an email for the shooting.

“Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Group of the Martyr Imad Mughniya claim firing on a settler car in the north of the West Bank between the settlement Shave Shomron and Enab,” the message said.

In what was being billed as a response to the Thursday incident, Israeli forces imposed a curfew on the Ras Al-Ain neighborhood before dawn, closed off all the exits from the Old City and laid siege to the home of the Sakarji home.

Ghassan Hamdan, director of the Palestinian Medical Relief Committees in Nablus, told Ma’an that three Palestinian homes were besieged in the raid. He confirmed that Sakarji was shot in the head and chest “before the very eyes of his wife.” A second man, Abu Sharkh, was removed from his home and shot outside, Hamdan said.

Sakarji’s niece, 20-year-old Hind, said “Israeli forces ransacked Raed Sakarji’s home and shot him in front of his pregnant wife and two children, when his wife Tahani, 30, tried to defend him, she was hit in the feet with shrapnel.” She also noted that her uncle had been released from Israeli jail in January 2009, and that he was on the waiting list for enrolement in the Palestinian Authority security services.

The home of Anan Subih in Ras El’ein was the third targeted location, where troops reportedly opened fire randomly on the building before entering.

According to the Israeli military, “When he was killed, Annan Tzubach [Subih] was armed with a handgun and hiding two M16 assault rifles, an additional handgun, and ammunition.” The same statement, however, said that “During an attempt to arrest him tonight [Saturday], Annan was killed after an exchange of fire with the IDF while he was found in a hiding place along with weapons and ammunition.”

Eyewitnesses described to Ma’an the siege launched on Ksheikiyya street in the Ras El’ein neighborhood where Anan Subih lived. Subih was an officer in the PA preventive security services in Nablus.

“Dozens of Israeli soldiers ransacked Anan’s home at 3:00am firing gunshots and grenades, causing a fire to break out in the next dor warehouse for plastic chairs. The soldiers [entered the building] demanding Anan, and when we told them he was at work with the security forces the soldiers evacuated all nine families who live in the building. We were gathered at the nearby home of the Al-‘Amoudi family,” Anan’s brother Nidal told Ma’an.

Witnesses added that Israeli forces did not allow Palestinian fire fighters to access the area and put out the blaze.

Jibreel Al-Bakri, governor of Nablus, described what happened in Nablus as a “crime in cold blood.” He accused the Israeli government of escalating the violence in Palestine in order to avoid its commitment to the peace process.

A spokesperson from the office of the Palestinian president echoed the statement, saying Israel had decided to drag the Palestinian people to violence in order to avoid international pressure for peace.

“The Israel Defense Forces will act firmly against those who aspire to harm citizens of the State of Israel and Israeli security forces, and will not rest until those involved in the murderous act are brought to justice,” Israeli Major General Avi Mizrachi said in a statement.

http://maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=249598