Arab Israelis protest after Bedouin death

An Israeli policeman takes aim in the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Heiran, near the southern city of Beersheba on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2017

Arab Israelis protest after Bedouin death

WADI ARA: Thousands of Arab Israelis protested in northern Israel on Saturday, days after a Bedouin man was killed during clashes with police in the south.
Yacoub Abu Al-Qiyan, 50, died in disputed circumstances Wednesday when police raided the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran in order to demolish several homes.
Police said he had deliberately driven at forces entering the town, killing a policeman.
Residents and activists said he was shot before losing control of the car.
Protesters marched through the northern town of Wadi Ara on Saturday, many carrying Palestinian flags and placards denouncing house demolitions.
Some had signs condemning the government’s “campaign of lies” about Abu Al-Qiyan’s death.
Police used sound bombs to prevent them from blocking a nearby road.
Lawyers for Abu Al-Qiyan’s family said Friday they had filed a petition calling for his body to be returned without preconditions.
They said family members had been asked to agree to receive the body only at night, and to limit attendees at the funeral to 40-50 people.
Police said they would not give the body back until a full autopsy had been completed and would not confirm they had placed conditions on returning the body.
The Adalah NGO, along with an Arab Israeli parliamentarian, filed a petition with Israel’s Supreme Court calling for his body to be released immediately.
Attorney Nadeem Shehadeh from the Adalah NGO said the authorities had demanded that the body be buried in a neighboring village.
Israel routinely places preconditions on returning the bodies of Palestinians it says have carried out attacks, arguing the funerals can turn into glorifying violence.


Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

Updated 17 October 2019

Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

  • Israeli officials said he was holding a knife
  • No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot by Israeli security forces after ramming his car into a vehicle for undercover policemen in the occupied West Bank, police said Thursday.
Police were carrying out arrests overnight in the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah when the Palestinian “attempted to run over the officers” and hit the armored police car, a statement said.
The officers saw the driver holding a knife and shot him, with police saying he was a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, without providing further details.
No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident.
A spokesman for the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said the suspect was in serious condition.
Israeli forces carry out frequent raids and arrests in the occupied West Bank, which often lead to clashes.
In May 2018, an Israeli special forces soldier was killed during an arrest operation in Al-Amari after being hit on the head by a stone thrown from a rooftop.