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Mourners carry the body of Mahdia Hammad, killed by Israeli Border Police in the village of Silwad, during her funeral on 26 December. Shadi HatemAPA images
In some cases, Palestinians were slain when there was no attack attempt, despite police and army claims.Mahdia Hammad, a 40-year-old mother of four, appears to be one such victim.Israeli Border Police riddled her body with more than a dozen bullets in the town of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on the afternoon of 25 December.The Border Police claimed that she had tried to run them over.But Hammad’s husband said that his wife was rushing home from visiting her sister in order to feed their baby when she encountered the Israeli forces soon after the town’s regular Friday protests.The Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz, along with fieldworkers with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the human rights group B’Tselem, collected testimonies from witnesses of the incident which cast doubt on Israel’s claims.“Border Policemen signaled her to stop, but she continued to drive, slowly. Then they sprayed her car with bullets,” according to Haaretz.“When the car came to a halt, another policeman emerged from the perpendicular street, thrust his rifle into the bullet-riddled car and fired another volley into [Hammad’s] head, even though she was certainly dead by then,” Haaretz adds.The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ findings also indicate that Hammad was executed and that she had attempted no attack on the Israeli forces when they opened fire on her.The group says that the Border Police prevented an ambulance from reaching Hammad and she was left to bleed without receiving first aid.Her body was taken to an unknown destination before being transferred later that evening and her family was able to bury her.Dozens of Palestinian families have not yet had that opportunity.
Never forget that the Israeli government can do what it does because the West allows it. Partners in crime.
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