Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in West Bank clash

RAMALLAH, West Bank Thu May 15, 2014 9:44am EDT

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during a stone-throwing protest on Thursday marking the "Nakba", the annual commemoration of what Palestinians term the catastrophe of their displacement when Israel was founded.

Hospital officials said Muhammad Abu Thahr, 22, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were both shot in the heart outside Israel's Ofer Prison near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military declined comment, saying border police were involved in the incident. A police spokesman told Reuters he was aware of the protest, but did not have any confirmation that live ammunition was used.

"The use of live bullets on protesters is a dangerous escalation by (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's extremist government which aims to drag the region into a new cycle of violence," Wasel Abu Youssef, a senior Palestinian official, told Reuters.

Ofer prison has been a focal point of Palestinian anger over Israel's detention and occupation policies.

Around two hundred demonstrators waved flags and threw stones there, marking the 66th anniversary of the "Nakba," meaning catastrophe, when many Palestinians fled or were expelled from their towns and villages during the war of Israel's foundation in 1948.

Protests and violence in the West Bank have declined in recent months, while U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stumbled and finally collapsed in April.

In the most recent deadly incident, three Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces during a raid into the West Bank city of Jenin on March 22.

Palestinians seek an independent state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in a 1967 war.

(Reporting By Mohammad Torokman and Ali Sawafta, Writing by Noah Browning, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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MonitorLizard wrote:
Shot to death for throwing stones. Everyone should read accounts of what the Israelis did to the Palestinians in 1948. Emptying peoples’ homes of books, furniture and other belongings likens to what Hitler carried out.

May 15, 2014 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
VultureTX wrote:
throwing stones with a sling, ever hear that story of David And Goliath?
NOTE: multiple news sources have mentioned that they had slings, and in the US that is Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

And nice Godwin there, I did not notice that during the nakba the Israelis kill 18 million people; I just thought they implemented Plan D after the Arab League declared war on israel and urged all arabs to kill the jews.

REF: “The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, was less diplomatic and far more candid. With no patience for polite or veiled language, on the same day Israel declared its independence on May 14 1948, at a Cairo press conference reported the next day in The New York Times, Pasha repeated the Arabs’ “intervention to restore law and order” revealing:

“This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.” The League of Arab States continued to oppose peace after Israel’s 1948 War of Independence:”

/and you wonder why the Israelis kicked out those who would not accept a Jewish state?

May 15, 2014 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nagant wrote:
One would wonder why Arabs were allowed to stay in Israel. After WWII, the Poles kicked all Germans out of Eastern Prussia, Silesia, and Danzig, even though they lived there for countless generations. So did the Czechs in the Sudetenland. After disintegration of Yugoslavia, Serbs were kicked out of Kraina and Kosovo. Jews should have done the same to Arabs by virtue of winning the war that Arabs imposed on them. Then, there would be no so called Palestinian problem.

May 15, 2014 12:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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