Christian Peacemaker Team: Black October

Posted on Oct 31, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) Hebron, October 31, 2015 – Since the death of Hadeel Hashlamoon (18) in Hebron on September 22nd, the physical violence of this decades-long occupation has escalated to an alarming extent. Addressing the UN, Abbas has stated that the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories is “the worst and most critical since 1948”.

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced that the Palestinian death toll since October 1st sits at 69, with 52 dead in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and 17 dead in Gaza – including unarmed protesters, bystanders, alleged attackers and an 8-month old baby. Stating that Israel has “ripped up the rulebook”, implementing “extreme and unlawful measures”, Amnesty International is declaring these deaths ‘extrajudicial executions’. Video evidence refutes many claims of ‘alleged attack’. Also as a result of the violence, frustration and despair of this occupation, nine Israelis have been killed in stabbing or shooting incidents by Palestinians. Haftom Zarhum, an Eritrean asylum seeker, was also lynched by Israeli forces and civilians this month.

According to the ministry, the number of wounded Palestinians sits at well over 2,000, with 900 wounded from live fire, roughly 880 from rubber bullets, 206 from physical blows, and 14 from burns. The ministry also stated that over 5,000 people have suffered tear gas inhalation. On 29.10.15 the Israeli military announced over a loud speaker in Aida refugee camp that “we will hit you with gas until you die. The children, the youth, and the old people, all of you – we won’t spare any of you”. The following day an 8-month old baby named Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta died from excessive teargas inhalation.

These are not just numbers, these are sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.

According to data from the families, Israel is currently holding the bodies of 16 of these murdered Palestinians.

Those murdered in the Hebron region this month are:

Dania Jihad al-Husseini Irsheid, (17)
Bayan Ayman al-Iseili (16)
Basil Basim Sidir (19)
Tariq Ziad al-Natsha (16)
Fadil Muhammad Awad al-Qawasmi (18)
Hamza Mousa al-Amlah (25)
Husam Ismail al-Jaabari (17)
Bashar Nidal al-Jaabari (15)
Mahmoud Khali Gneimat (20)
Saad Muhammad Yousif al-Atrash (20)
Raed Sakit Abdul-Rahim Jaradat (22)
Iyad Rawhi Jaradat (19)
Amjad Hatim al-Jundi (20)
Muhammad Faris al-Jaabari (19)
Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad (28)
Iyad Khalil Mahmoud Awawdah (26)
Hashem al-Azzeh, 54
Udayy Masalmah, 24
Hammam Said, 23.
Rafiq Hammad Ibeido (23)
Farouk Abdel Qader Omar Sidr (19)
Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib (23)

We pray for the families of all of those murdered in Israel and Palestine this dark and bloody month as they navigate the searing pain of grief.

We pray that the bodies of those Palestinians being held by Israel are returned to their families swiftly.

We pray for a just peace.