The boy’s name has long been buried with his body.
Another forgotten Palestinian has become an anonymous number. participate This year alone, 199 Palestinians, including 47 children, have been murdered by the apartheid regime. Israel is determined not only to expel the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland through illegal edicts and force, but also to obliterate them through aggression after aggression and attrition.
His name was Mahmoud al-Saadi. he was 18 years old His home was a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
a Photo Or Mahmud reveals a teenager with thick matt or short cropped black hair. A faint thin black mustache was an unmistakable sign that this effervescent boy was about to become a man.
Last Monday morning, Mahmoud was on his way to school with a large group of friends. According to his relatives, his father worked hard to get his son and his three daughters out of their grim despair and, if possible, educated for a “dignified future”. .
“The occupation has killed this joy,” said a relative.
Indeed it was.
On his way to high school, Mahmoud, who was at the top of his class, encountered an Israeli soldier. The Israeli soldiers were again attacking Jenin in convoys of armored jeeps, with pay and instructions from the apartheid state.
Mahmoud would rather than risk the same fate as Shireen Abu Akure, the famous Palestinian-American journalist who was shot in the head by an Israeli while wearing a blue vest that read “PRESS.” I think I decided to convert and go home. Assassins on May 11 in Jenin.
Mahmoud did not go home. (Sadly, Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Canadian youth who was murdered Wednesday while waiting for a bus outside Jerusalem, also took him to a Jewish seminary.)
Instead, Mahmoud was shot in the stomach by an Israeli soldier because he was Palestinian and was nearby. The easy and convenient murder of a child whose greatest crime was apparently walking to school.
Wounded Mahmoud called for help and told his comrades that he had been shot. They thought he was joking. He staggered forward about five meters before resting on the ground. In desperation, his friends drove his bloody body to a nearby hospital. he was not saved.Confirmed dead at 9am.
“Civilian seriously injured after being beaten live [Israeli] There was an occupation bullet in Jenin’s abdomen,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described the killings as “field executions” and “heinous crimes” sanctioned by powerful Israeli politicians.
Video taken at the hospital shows Mahmoud lying breathless on a stretcher. His friends and family are wailing over his pale body. A man leaned over and kissed Mahmoud’s shrouded forehead.
For Palestinians, it was a familiar sight of death, grief and mourning. But there is no doubt that the murder of children makes that grief and grief feel sharper and deeper.
It has happened many times before.dying 7 year old fear After being chased by Israeli soldiers. Kite-flying children were shot dead by Israeli soldiers on the hill. Children playing soccer on the beach were torn apart by rockets fired from above by Israeli pilots.
No murderer is held accountable. And they never do. Rather, they have been protected and saluted as “heroes” who have defended Israel by killing Palestinian children and journalists.
Predictable excuses are rolled out again to protect the inexcusable. Mahmud’s death is not Israel’s fault. Palestinians to resist occupation. Mahmud was in the wrong place at the wrong time – as if he had another place to live and study. did.
Much of the international press treated Mahmoud and his violent, state-sanctioned manner of dying as not worthy of their attention and attention.
Another dead Palestinian.
Western governments and their pretended leaders, who are always quick to condemn the killing of innocent people by “rogue” states, also have the discretion to shoot Palestinian boys and girls. They are tight-lipped for fear of offending a country they believe enjoys sovereignty.
Of course, it was left to the Palestinians to celebrate Mahmoud’s life and condemn his sudden death.
Mahmoud was remembered as a generous soul with a “golden heart” who showed commitment and purpose as a member of the Jenin Freedom Theater. There he was a mentor to his juniors and an advocate of Hope against poverty.
“Your heart was big enough to embrace the whole camp, the street, the house,” wrote a friend. Losing a boy with a heart of gold is what hurts me most.”
Mahmoud’s body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried on an orange stretcher through the streets of Jenin.
A gray backpack lay at his feet. It is a reminder of Mahmoud’s youth and his intention to fulfill his father’s dream of enjoying a “dignified future” by attending school.
Don’t forget Mahmoud. To forget what happened to Mahmud means to accept what happened to him, where and why he was killed. It means accepting what happens every day to every Palestinian in the world. Accepting what happened to Mahmoud means exonerating the perpetrators responsible for his death.
Some may try to forget and accept what happened to Mahmoud, but we shouldn’t. Decency and history demand that we not forget.
Je me souviens.
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