Essam Aoudhi. Martyred in defense of Qusra – in pictures

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون
الله يرحم كل الشهداء

23 September 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

Today Essam Kamal Abed Aoudhi, a 35 year old father of 8 children from the village of Qusra, was murdered by the Israeli army as they fired live ammunition indiscriminately into a crowd of villagers gathered in their village.

From the nearby outpost of Esh Kodesh (“Holy Head”) built entirely on stolen Qusra land, a large group of settlers left the settlement and entered the village just after 1pm and began attacking villagers and burning olive groves. As the villagers gathered to protect themselves and their land, the soldiers arrived and stood between the settlers and villagers, protecting the settlers who retreated.

Soldiers instantly began to fire tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition directly at villagers, making no attempt to disperse but intending solely to injure.

Mohammad Abdul Odeh, age 16, was shot in the stomach with a high velocity tear gas canister as he stood on his land.

 

Remi Hassan was shot with 4 rubber bullets and one dum dum from 2 meters away by the Israeli military.

Remi Yusef Faiz Hassan, age 35, was shot with 4 rubber bullets and one dum dum from 2 meters as he peacefully walked to soldiers to ask why they allow the settlers to enter his village and burn his trees.

Sameeh Hassan, age 24, was shot in the groin with rubber bullets as he attempted to reach his olive trees and extinguish the fire destroying them.

Essam Aoudhi was shot with live ammunition as he joined his fellow villagers protesting the army’s incursion into his village. According to Dr. Sameh Abu Zaroh, a doctor at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, the wound on Essam’s body shows that the bullet was shot from just a few meters away and from below in such a way to insure maximum injury. The bullet entered the right side of Essam’s chest and exited through the top of his back, fracturing his vertebrae in multiple places.

After Essam was carried to an ambulance, the soldiers left immediately, clearly understanding what had just happened. The people of Qusra returned to the centre of the village where children had gathered, shouting slogans expressing their anger over Essam’s martyrdom.

As the sun set in Qusra, the punishment continued, as two teenagers stumbled into the village before collapsing to the ground in pain. Both Amar Masameer, age 19, and Fathi Hassan, age 16, were arrested earlier in the day as they made their way towards Qusra’s burning olive trees.

They did not resist arrest yet returned to the village dripping with blood and faces so swollen they were barely recognisable. Once arrested, Fathi Hassan explained, settlers from the outpost had asked the soldiers detaining them for permission to beat the two boys. The soldiers did not interfere and so the settlers began stoning the boys whilst their hands where cuffed behind their backs. Amar Masameer was hit directly in the eye with a stone thrown from just a few meters and is now in Rafidia hospital awaiting treatment.

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Palestinians evacuate a man who was shot dead by Israeli troops on September 23, 2011 in clashes which erupted after Jewish settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus. The man, 37-year-old Issam Badran, died after being hit in the neck by a live bullet fired by troops, Palestinian hospital sources told AFP . AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A 35-year-old Palestinian Issam Badran is brought to a hospital after he was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

A man kisses Issam Badran who was shot dead in a clash with Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.

 

The flood soaked sheet after the body is moved for the funeral. -- Issam Kamal Abed Aoudhi, 35, was shot in the neck by the IDF. His funeral took place in Qusra. He died during clashes between villagers and settlers who were allegedly uprooting Qusra's olive trees. Palestine. 24th September 2011

Relatives of Palestinian farmer Issam Badran from the West Bank village of Qusra stand next to his corpse at the mortuary of a hospital in Nablus on September 24, 2011, one day after Israeli troops shot the 37-year-old man dead in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked a village, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Medics and relatives cover the head of Palestinian farmer Issam Badran from the West Bank village of Qusra with the traditional Palestinian chequerred keffiyeh at the mortuary of a hospital in Nablus on September 24, 2011, one day after Israeli troops shot the 37-year-old man dead in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked a village, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

 

The body of Issam Kamal Abed Aoudhi is covered by a Palestinian flag. -- Issam Kamal Abed Aoudhi, 35, was shot in the neck by the IDF. His funeral took place in Qusra. He died during clashes between villagers and settlers who were allegedly uprooting Qusra's olive trees. Palestine. 24th September 2011

A relative of Palestinian Issam Badran cries during Badran's funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

A relative of Palestinian Issam Badran is conforted by another mourner during the funeral of Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Badran was shot by Israeli soldiers (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Palestinian Samir Badran, center, embraces her children during the funeral of her husband Issam in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

 

Palestinian Samir Badran, center, embraces one of her daughters during the funeral of his husband Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Palestinian Latifa Ahmed, center, holds a picture of her late son Issam Badran during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Family members watch the funeral procession of killed Palestinian farmer Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 24, 2011, one day after Israeli troops shot the 37-year-old man dead in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked his village. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Badran was shot dead Friday by Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

 

The body of Issam Kamal Abed Aoudhi is covered by a Palestinian flag and carried through the streets. -- Issam Kamal Abed Aoudhi, 35, was shot in the neck by the IDF. His funeral took place in Qusra. He died during clashes between villagers and settlers who were allegedly uprooting Qusra's olive trees. Palestine. 24th September 2011

Mourners wait for the body of Palestinian farmer Issam Badran ahead of his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Qusra, September 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Mourners carry the the body of Palestinian farmer Issam Badran during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Qusra, September 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Palestinian mourners carry the body of farmer Issam Badran during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 24, 2011, one day after Israeli troops shot the 37-year-old man dead in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked his village. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Issam Badran during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Badran was shot dead Friday by Israeli soldiers (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Palestinian mourners carry the body of killed farmer Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 24, 2011 AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

A Palestinian mourner kisses the head of killed farmer Issam Badran during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 24, 2011

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Issam Badran during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

Palestinian wave their flags as they march along with the funeral procession of Palestinian farmer Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, on September 24, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI

Palestinians mourn beside the body Issam Badran during a funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

A huge Palestinian flag flies as mornuers pray over the body of killed farmer Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 24, 2011

The grandmother of killed farmer Issam Badran grieves during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qusra, on September 24, 2011

 

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad (L) visits family members of killed farmer Issam Badran in the West Bank village of Qusra, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, on September 26, 2011. Israeli troops shot the 37-year-old man dead in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked his village. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

‘Inna Lillahi wa ‘Inna ‘Ilayhi Raji’un


May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shaheed Jannatul Firdaus,
and ease it for his family, loved ones and anyone around him. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil ‘Alameen.



How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.


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