Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Bedouin During Funeral of Slain Palestinian

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Published Monday, January 19, 2015

A Palestinian Bedouin man was killed late Sunday during the funeral for another man shot dead last week by Israeli forces in southern Occupied Palestine, Ma’an news agency reported.

Sami Ibrahim Zayadna, 45, died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli police at mourners in the Bedouin town of Rahat. Over 40 other people were injured during the clashes, including Rahat mayor Talal al-Qureinawi and Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement.

Twenty-two people were treated at Soroka hospital in Beersheba, with three sustaining serious injuries.

The clashes began after Israeli police entered the cemetery as mourners were burying Sami al-Jaar, 22, who was shot dead last week while standing on the patio of his home during clashes between police and local youths in the neighborhood.

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) claimed in a statement that two policemen were also injured during the clashes. The IOF was in the city to “pursue criminals,” the statement read.

Palestinians with Israeli citizenship protested in the Negev region on Sunday against Jaar’s killing.

"We, the Palestinians in Negev, have lost another man. This is another sign that the Israeli forces are dealing recklessly when it comes to our lives," former Knesset member Taleb al-Sana told Anadolu news agency Thursday.

Israeli police entered the funeral ceremony, despite an agreement with Rahat municipality to stay clear of the area, and fired plastic bullets and tear gas at mourners as Salah was delivering a eulogy.

"The funeral became a battle from one side as we were being chased and dozens were hurt though there were no clashes in the place," Salah told Ma'an.

"When I uttered the first sentence of the funeral oration a tear gas canister was fired in front of us. We thought it was fired accidentally, but showers of tear gas followed,” he said.

“It was clear they wanted to disperse the mourners before they could bid the martyr farewell and I think the officers on the ground were receiving instructions from the helicopter which was hovering above the mourners focusing its lights on us."

An Israeli police vehicle also deliberately rammed vehicles parked near the cemetery, he added.

The Higher Guidance Committee of Arab Residents of the Negev denounced what it labeled "state terrorism."

"We hereby tell the Israeli security organizations that your terror won't scare us and we won't hesitate to live in dignity despite your mean attempts and plans day and night to impose restrictions on us seeking to displace us,” the group said.

“Save your bullets and your terror because we have already made our minds … we will stay here as long as there is thyme and olive oil."

A leadership committee announced a general strike on Tuesday in all Palestinian-majority towns and neighborhoods in Occupied Palestine, in addition to a general strike in Rahat on Monday.

Palestinian citizens of Israel, who account for about 20 percent of the population in Occupied Palestine, are the descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land when the Zionist state was established in 1948. The majority of Palestinians were killed, expelled from their homes, or detained in work camps.

There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Occupied Palestine, mostly living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognized villages without utilities and many live in extreme poverty.

Palestinians with Israeli citizenship complain of routine discrimination, particularly in housing, land access and employment, and anger has risen in recent months over Israel's assault on Gaza that left more than 2,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead. More than 700 Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories were arrested in protests against the attack over summer.

(Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)


These events never reach the sanitised, Zionist censored press and media in the UK.

The BBC is guilty of crimes against the truth.

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