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Israeli gunshot left Palestinian youth a quadriplegic

last update : 03/01/2021 - 05:17 PM ( Since 2 weeks )

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Haroun Rasmi Abu Aram, 24, was a Palestinian innocent farmer. His ultimate goal was to preserve his simple right to plant his farm and live a decent life and feed his dependents and achieve his dreams one day.

Israeli forces invaded his land trying to stop Palestinians building a house in At-Tuwani village in southern Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram.

He attempted to prevent the troops from stealing the generator but got into an unequal fight with heavily armed soldiers. Moments later he was shot in the neck by Israeli forces.

Abu Aram already knew that life under Palestinian Authority has become an individual battle with the occupier.

"The soldiers arrived with the intention of confiscating equipment that the family was using for the construction, including a generator," B'Tselem said in Friday's statement. 

"Abu Aram was shot in the neck from a close distance as he and other Palestinians were attempting to retrieve the generator from the soldiers."

According to witnesses who spoke to B'Tselem, the soldiers also shot at the car of a Palestinian attempting to remove the wounded Abu Aram from the location. 

Israel prevents Palestinians from building houses on areas under its control in the West Bank without hard-to-obtain building permits.

Video showed a group of Palestinians trying to recover the generators from the hands of the soldiers before a gunshot is heard and Mr. Abu Aram appears on the ground.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 and its settlements in the area are regarded as illegal by much of the international community.

But the settler population has grown in recent years.

There are currently some 450,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank, living among an estimated 2.8 million Palestinians.

In 2020, Israel demolished the homes of more than 900 Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

A spike in the number of Palestinian homes and infrastructure demolished by Israel was recorded in 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent financial crisis. 

"This is part of a policy designed by the Israeli government to create a hostile environment for Palestinian communities, in order to force them out and take over their land," B'Tselem said. 

The Palestinians of the South Hebron Hills and the area surrounding A-Rakeez, Masafer Yatta, are waiting for a ruling of the Israeli High Court that may approve the forcible transfer of more than 1,000 residents.

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