Breaking: Settlers Kill Palestinian Near Iraq Burin
Nineteen year-old Oday Maher Hamza Qadous was shot this afternoon, allegedly by Jewish settlers, while farming his land in Iraq Burin near Nablus. Qadous was farming with his cousin, Omer Ahmed Qadous, on the west side of Iraq Burin when Israelis from the nearby settlement of Bracha allegedly entered the farmland and shot Oday in the stomach. Qadous was evacuated from the area to a Nablus hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The army is now occupying the village of Iraq Burin but no clashes have been reported.
This morning, in the village of Ein Abbus, settlers attacked villagers, set fire to a car and spray painted multiple walls with graffiti “we will never forget”. Dozens of settlers entered the village and set fire to one car. Settlers then began to vandalize Palestinian property and spray paint graffiti on walls throughout the village. Army soldiers and police arrived on the scene but did not force the settlers out of the village. Only after the settlers were exhausted from their rampage, did the army escort them from the scene.
Residents of Yitzhar settlement clashed on Thursday with some 70 Palestinian villagers, who were protesting the construction of illegal settlements on their lands, Ma’an news agency reported.
The Israeli settlers opened fire on the protesters killing 19-year-old Udai Maher Qadous who was hit in the chest, according to Palestinian eyewitnesses.
The Palestinian victim was transferred to Rafidiyeh Hospital in Nablus, where he succumbed to internal bleeding triggered by several gunshots he had suffered to his chest, Palestinian medical officials said.
Israel has been persistently proceeding with the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The United Nation has repeatedly condemned Israel for defying international calls to halt its settlement construction activities.
In October, Oscar Fernandez Taranco, assistant UN secretary general for political affairs, criticized Israel for jeopardizing efforts to resolve the impasse in talks with the Palestinian Authority — negotiations derailed by Israel’s refusal to halt its West Bank settlement expansions.
“We have a brief and crucial window to overcome the current impasse. The UN secretary general continues to believe that if the door to peace closes, it will be very hard to reopen,” Taranco told the UN Security Council.
Recently, the Human Rights Watch’s representative Carroll Bogert blamed Tel Aviv for its “systematic discrimination” against Palestinians “merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin” and for “depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads.”
“While Israeli settlements flourish, Palestinians under Israeli control live in a time warp — not just separate, not just unequal, but sometimes even pushed off their lands and out of their homes,” Bogert said.
- Settlers Execute 18-year-old Boy in Araq Burin, Near Nablus | PNN | jan 27, 2011
- Medics: Settler kills Palestinian protester | Maan News Agency | Jan 27, 2011
- Settlers Kill Palestinian in Iraq Burin | ISM Palestine | Palestine HadNews | Jan 27, 2011
- Settlers Murder 19 Year Old Near Nablus | IMEMC | Jan 27, 2011
- Police: Palestinian shot in self-defense | YNet | Jan 27, 2011
Another Victim in 2011 | Murdered by Israel ‘s Inhumane Occupation | Udai Maher Qadous, 19 years old | Jan 27, 2011