Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Teen with Live Bullet in West Bank Protest

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Published Saturday, February 14, 2015

Israeli forces on Friday shot a Palestinian teenager with a live bullet during a weekly protest march in the West Bank, a local popular committee leader told Ma’an news agency.

Popular resistance committee coordinator Murad Shtewi said 17-year-old Jamel Shtewi was shot in the leg when Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and live bullets at protesters in Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank.

The teen was taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.

Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and were treated at the scene, Ma’an reported.

Israeli bulldozers also pushed the remains of a pile of burnt tires into the yard of a local resident, Shtewi said.

Meanwhile, in the village of Bilin near Ramallah, nine activists and a journalist were pepper sprayed while taking part in a weekly protest march.

Among those pepper sprayed were Jamel al-Barghouthi, the head of the Palestinian Authority's committee against the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements; Munthir Amira, the head of the coordinating committee for popular resistance in Palestine; and popular committee member Mohammed al-Khatib.

Israeli forces detained Khatib along with an Irish activist named Mike and took them both to an unknown location after assaulting them, handcuffing them, and blindfolding them, witnesses said.

Two Palestinian activists and two Israeli activists were also sprayed, in addition to a Danish activist and a Dutch activist.

The journalist was identified as Issam al-Rimani, a photographer for the newspaper Al-Hayat.

Bilin has been holding weekly protests for 10 years.

During the march, protesters waved Palestinian flags and pictures of Palestine solidarity activist Kayla Mueller, an American citizen who was held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and recently killed by what ISIS claimed was an US-led coalition airstrike.

Some held signs reading "Kayla lives in our hearts."

Marchers also held pictures of three Muslim-Americans who were killed in North Carolina earlier this week — Yusor Abu Salha, Razan Abu Salha, and Deah Barakat.

Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, spokesman for the popular committee against the apartheid wall and settlements, condemned the murders, calling the violence "terrorism."

"The same terror that killed (Palestine solidarity activist) Rachel Corrie was used to kill Kayla Mueller, the Abu Salhas, and Barakat," Abu Rahmeh said.

Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 as she tried to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Corrie’s family condemned the Israeli Supreme Court, which has ruled that the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) were not responsible for her death, accusing Israel of shielding its military from blame.

(Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)

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