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PHOTOS: Hundreds attend Ramallah funeral of young Palestinian killed by IDF

A 22-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after troops raided the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday of Issa al-Qatri, who was killed earlier by Israeli soldiers during a raid on the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. According to Ma’an News Agency, soldiers entered the camp to arrest a wanted Hamas member when they were met with resistance from young men who threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces. The soldiers responded with live fire, injuring and killing al-Qatri. The 22-year-old was set to be married next week.

Palestinians carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

Palestinians carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

Haaretz reported that the soldiers had opened fire on the young Palestinian when they reportedly saw that he was about to throw an explosive device toward them. The army stated that the raid on the refugee camp led to the arrest of a wanted Palestinian, who was found with weapons in his possession.

During al-Qatri’s funeral procession in Ramallah shots were fired into the air and mourners expressed their outrage that 32 Palestinians had been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces in a two-month period beginning on June 13, according to Ma’an.

Violent clashes also broke out Monday between police and Palestinians after the funeral of a 16-year-old Palestinian who died on Sunday, a week after being shot by Israeli police and sustaining a head injury during protests in the city.

The funeral procession for Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

The funeral procession for Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

The funeral of Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

The funeral of Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

The funeral procession for Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

The funeral procession for Eissa al-Qotri at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

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    1. Whiplash

      What is wrong with this picture? A man to be married next week not only attends a violent demonstration but attempts to cause bodily harm to members of the Israeli border police by throwing a firebomb at them. Did this Palestinian have a death wish or are his actions symptomatic of Palestinian society’s propensity for mindless violence?

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      • Danny

        If you were living all your life under a brutal military occupation regime that has, since the day you were born, deprived you of your land, your home, your basic human rights, your freedom of movement and your dignity, I think you too might be tempted to pick up a rock or make a fire bomb and throw it at your oppressors.

        I know I would be.

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        • Richard

          Then why isn’t most of the Arab world throwing molotov cocktails every day? I guess when Egypt kills 500 people protesting for democracy that’s not a good reason to fight, right Danny? Beyond the stupidity of ignoring the experience of hundreds of millions of Arabs living without democracy or human rights, its pretty arrogant to think you understand how Palestinians think, given your radically different culture and upbringing.

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          • Ray

            Because most Arabs do not live under military occupation from a foreign power.

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          • Richard

            Well, that wasn’t Danny’s argument, but you are right. Its just that your point raises the question about what “foreign” means. Does foreign mean the descendants of Jewish settlers who bought land from Ottoman landlords? When they were ruled by the Turks, the Arabs thought so, even though Jews were peacefully and legally acquiring their land. The war is 100 years old. It didn’t start when a “foreign” country called Israel invaded another called Palestine. Its an ethnic war that transcends modern borders and nation/states. Which – along with the fact that there’s never been a Palestinian state or even a viable proposal for one – is precisely why it doesn’t make sense to talk about the injustice of “foreign” occupation.

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          • Ray

            Foreign here means “of a government that you do not recognize as your own,” and occupation here means “invading your shit and taking it for themselves,” you mincing hair-splitting pissant.

            And yes, that’s all that you are to the Palestinians, and that’s what you’re doing to them. Nobody gives a crap who lived in “Judea & Samaria” a buttload of centuries ago; that’s where the Palestinians have lived for generations, hence it is their home, hence it belongs to them, and the rest of the world has made that very clear, as of the better part of an entire century.

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        • Whiplash

          A man who was one week away from starting married life may have thought about his future life and not about futile attempts at revenge against Israel. He might have thought how he could make his world better for his future children instead of trying to kill or seriously injure an Israeli police officer.

          He might have recognized that his and Palestinian society’s thirst for revenge is self destructive and has caused great harm to the Palestinians themselves. He might have instead marched for peace, love and understanding between Palestinians and Israelis.

          However, when his heart should have been full of love, his heart raged with hatred of Israel. His life was consumed his hatred and thirst for revenge.

          I feel sorrow for this young man’s bride not to be. Her man chose martyrdom instead of a life with her. I feel sorry for his family who lost a son for nothing more than a failed act of revenge.

          I feel sad for Palestinian society as a whole. Whatever Israeli responsibility is for their plight, it is unable to come to grips with the realization that much of its plight is self inflicted.

          Let me give you an example. When the Oslo Accords were signed Palestinians and Israelis had freedom of movement from Gaza to Israel to the West Bank and back. 40% of the Palestinian work force was employed in Israel. Free trade industrial work zones provided Israeli and Palestinians with business and work. 25 committees were formed under the Accords to discuss and resolve matters between Israel and the Palestinians.

          All of this came to an end with a wave of Palestinian terrorism which began less than 2 weeks after the Accords were signed and culminated in the orgy of killing by Palestinians in the second intifada.

          Palestinians and Israelis live in the shadow of the second intifada. The Palestinians had a chance to choose peace when Israel vacated Gaza or when Olmert made his offer in 2008. Instead there have been 3 Gaza wars. Despite the price Palestinians have paid for their terrorism, still the vast majority of Palestinians support violence as the best way of obtaining what they want.

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          • Ray

            Oh man, you’re breaking my heart over here! I’m so touched by your respect for human life and your kindness and butterflies and hummingbirds and all.

            You’ve just exemplified the good moral lessons all conquerors seek to instill in their subjects: resistance is futile. You’re only hurting yourself by resisting superiors and betters. It’s your own fault if you get burned trying to resist, because we make the rules. Not only that, but we totally didn’t want to hurt you. You made us do it. Why couldn’t you just be cooperative and pleasant with us? You’d be so much happier that way. Don’t you see how much we care about you? How much it pains us to oppress you? You don’t need your freedom or your dignity, you have no right to dignity or pride. We do, because we’re stronger than you, and nature says we must shepherd and set the rules for primitive weaklings like you. Just keep your mouths shut, go to work with a happy smile, and you’ll see how beautiful a relationship we could have. If you try you’ll see our side of things; that freedom is overrated, next to the march of civilization that we are dragging you and yours on. It’ll hurt, but in the end, you’ll thank us.

            George Orwell is laughing in his grave.

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    2. Bruce Gould

      Breaking the Silence

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