Samah Abdullah, 18, was in a car with her family when she was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, dying three weeks later. The army claims it was an accident.
By Yossi Gurvitz / Yesh Din
Samah Abd Al-Muman Ahmed Abdullah, from the West Bank village of Amoriya, woke up on Monday, November 23rd 2015, as she did on any day. She was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate who had just begun a cosmetics course in Nablus with her younger sister, H. Samah and H. took public transportation to the school. At about 11:00 a.m., Samah spoke with her mother and said she wanted to take H. to a hairdresser. Several hours later, an Israeli soldier fired a bullet that hit Samah in the head, mortally wounding her. After three weeks in intensive care, Samah died in an Israeli hospital.
This all took place during the blood-soaked days of the beginning of the so-called “knife intifada,” when IDF soldiers were killing Palestinians — some involved in attacks, some not — in great numbers. On the day of the incident, an Israeli police officer killed a girl who had carried out a stabbing attack with a pair of scissors, before shooting another girl after she was already “neutralized.” At about the same time, an 18-year-old Israeli was wounded in a stabbing attack near the settlement of Homesh. With the exception of Gideon Levy, the Israeli press did not busy itself with the story of Samah’s death.
Samah’s father, Abed, finished his work in the field at around midday, informing his daughters that he would pick them up from Nablus. The mother, Halleh, and younger brother A. also came along for the ride. After some shopping in the city they started back home. After an hour the family’s car reached Hawara checkpoint. They passed the checkpoint without any other cars ahead of them; soldiers were present, but they did not try and stop the car. Then shots rang out. The front windshield was smashed. After that came the screams.
Abed shouted for the passengers to duck. The car lurched on for a short distance, and then stopped. When Abed looked back, Samah was bleeding from her head. The hospital will later determine that a bullet went through her forehead, having found an exit wound.
A Red Crescent ambulance in the area evacuated Samah to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. The rest...Read More