Palestine Mourns Yet Another Child Martyr
Before the year 2014 ends, Palestine buries yet another martyr. A child.
16-year-old Imam Jameel Ahmad Dweikat was murdered by a publicly unidentified Israeli occupation soldier yesterday (29 December) near his village of Beita, in Nablus area. A single bullet entered his body from the back and went out through his heart, according to a doctor. The boy was on his way home after a school exam.
That same occupation soldier injured Imam’s best friend Nael Talat Thiab in the leg with live ammunition. Recounting what happened, the boy said he and Imam had just finished an exam at school and were heading home when they decided to visit a nearby park with a swimming pool. They saw Israeli soldiers hiding between the olive trees but did not try to run away: “We were not doing anything wrong.” They then heard shooting, 4 times; when Nael turned around, Imam was on the ground, bleeding. Then Nael got a bullet to his leg but managed to escape and was brought to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation army prevented Palestinian ambulances from coming near Imam; they also confiscated cameras from Palestinian media who had arrived at the scene.
Immediately after the murder, Israeli occupation army claimed that the boys had been throwing stones at either soldiers or illegal Israeli colonists at Za’tara checkpoint, on the Nablus-Ramallah road. There is no evidence of such claims and the boy who survived the attack testified he and his friend had not been throwing any stones; nor were they anywhere close enough to the road to actually do so. “There were no cars,” Nael told Palestinian media. “We were 200-300 metres away from the road.”
Imam is the 50th Palestinian murdered by the Israeli occupation army in the Palestine area of the West Bank this year; more than 2,000 were slain in Gaza during Israel’s genocidal assault this summer.
Imam’s mother now has four children, two girls and two boys. May her son Imam rest in peace.