PALESTINE: CPT condemns deaths of Palestinian civilians caused by Operation Brother’s Keeper

4 July 2014
PALESTINE: CPT condemns deaths of Palestinian civilians caused by Operation Brother’s Keeper

On 12 June 2014, after the kidnapping of three yeshiva students, Israeli forces launched  “Operation Brother’s Keeper.”  This offensive included 2,200 home raids, 419 arrests, and resulted in at least eight deaths that we can confirm were directly related to the actions of the Israeli military and one death allegedly caused by Israeli civilians.  CPT strongly condemns the killings of Palestinian as well as Israeli civilians, the massive human trauma caused by the Israeli military, and violence incited by Israeli policy and political speech.  We grieve with the families of all who have lost loved ones during these terrible times.

 Mahmoud Jihad Muhammad Dudeen's father
says goodbye to his son

Palestinians who died during Operation Brother’s Keeper included the following:

  • Mustafa Hosini Aslan, 22, who was shot in the head by Israeli forces in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp south of Ramallah;
  •  Mahmoud Jihad Muhammad Dudeen, 14, whom Israeli forces shot in the chest with live bullets during a raid in the village of Dura, near Hebron;
  • Ali Abed Jabir from Salfit, in his 60s, who suffered a heart attack when his home was raided. The soldiers refused to allow family members to take him to the hospital.  He died at his home;
  • Fatima Ismail Issa Rushdi, 78, who died after suffering a heart attack during a raid by Israeli soldiers in the Al 'Arub Refugee Camp north of Hebron;
  • Amneh Haj-Muhammad, 62, whose husband and children attempted to take her to the hospital, while she was experiencing acute chest pains but were stopped at the checkpoint in Beit Dajan, a village to the east of Nablus;
  • Ahmed Said Soud Khaled, 27, from El-Ein Refugee Camp north of Nablus who was gunned down at close range by Israeli soldiers while on his way to mosque for dawn prayer;
  • Muhammad Ismail Atallah Tarifi, 30, from Ramallah who was shot four times in the back by Israeli snipers;
  • Yousef Abu Zagha, 20, who was shot in the chest by soldiers during a clash in the Jenin Refugee Camp. 

In addition to these deaths as a result of Operation Brother’s Keeper, witnesses saw men dressed like Israeli settlers force 16-year old Mohammad Abu Khdeir into their car as he was out for early morning Ramadan prayers on 30 June, and his burned corpse was found in the ruins of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin on 2 July. 

 Picture of Mohammad Abu Khdeir widely circulated in
Palestinian social media with hashtag #Don'tBurnOurBoys

These deaths, along the home raids which cause extensive damage to the contents as well as the structures of many of the homes, and the demolition of homes belonging to families of the men suspected (not tried and convicted) of murdering the yeshiva students are all clear violations the Geneva Conventions and profoundly immoral.


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