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PHOTOS: Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces after death of long-term prisoner

West Bank clashes erupt after the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, in which two more Palestinians are shot and killed by Israeli forces.

Photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv

Palestinian youth take cover behind a makeshift protection barrier during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Old city of Hebron after the the funeral of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh who died two days earlier in Israeli custody, Hebron, West Bank April 4, 2013.

Clashes erupted throughout the West Bank between Palestinians and the Israeli military on Thursday over the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a long-term Palestinian prisoner who died of cancer this week while in Israeli custody. During those clashes two more Palestinians, 18-year-old Naji al-Balbisi and 17-year-old Amer Nassar, were killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces near the city of Tulkarem.

Funerals for Abu Hamdiyeh and the two teenagers were held today amid ongoing clashes with Israeli forces, and accusations that the prisoner’s health was neglected by prison officials. Protesters also called for general strikes throughout the West Bank, resulting in closed shops amid further demonstrations.

Abu Hamdiyeh was first imprisoned by Israel in 1969, after being accused of membership in the General Union of Palestinian Students. Between 1970 and 1975, Abu Hamdiyeh was detained many times without charge. He was arrested again in May 2002, and in 2005 an Israeli court sentenced him to 25 years in prison. Israeli military authorities appealed for a longer sentence, and in 2007 he was sentenced to life. Since Abu Hamdiyeh’s arrest in 2002, his four children have been banned from visiting him.

In August 2012, Abu Hamdiyeh suffered severe throat pain. Five months later, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He complained of medical neglect by Israeli prison authorities, and said in March that he was only given pain killers. In late March, Abu Hamdiyeh was finally admitted to the hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning.

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh who died two days earlier in Israeli custody.

 

A Palestinian youth shields himself with a door during clashes in the Old city of Hebron.

 

Thousands fill the streets during the funeral of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh who died two days earlier in Israeli custody.

 

A Palestinian youth shields his eyes after being overcome by tear gas during clashes in Hebron’s Old City.

 

Palestinian carry the bodies of Amer Nasser and Naji Balbisi, two teenagers shot by Israeli troops, during their funeral in the West Bank town of Anabta near Tulkarem on April 4, 2013. The two teens were shot dead overnight during clashes over the death of prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh.

 

The family of Naji Balbisi, a 19-year-old Palestinian shot by Israeli troops, mourns with other relatives during his funeral in the West Bank town of Anabta near Tulkarem.

 

Relatives of Amer Nasser, a 17-year-old Palestinian shot by Israeli troops, mourn over his body during his funeral in the West Bank town of Anabta near Tulkarem.

 

Palestinian women hold up pictures of their sons imprisoned in Israeli jails during a demonstration over the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, Nablus, West Bank, April 3, 2013.

 

Shop doors are closed during a general strike that was declared in the West Bank city of Nablus, following the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh.

 

A car passes a fire in anotherwise empty street druing a general strike in the West Bank city of Nablus, following the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh.

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    1. rsgengland

      This article mentions the fact that Hamdiyeh died in prison and that he was arrested numerous times.
      It does not mention the reason behind his long sentence.
      He was jailed and sentenced for planning and executing a suicide bombing on a restaurant in Jerusalem, with the intention of killing and injuring Israeli civilians, men and woman and children.
      The only reason he was not charged with accessory to murder was that the murder plot failed.
      If it had succeeded, his victims would have been mostly dead and/or injured.
      All the information and evidence would be appreciated.

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      • On all that you say, it would still have been better for him to have died released among relatives. For two reasons: 1) It would say that his relatives are not he, and that they should have their own closing time. 2) It would diffuse the symbol of his death–a symbol we now see in action.

        In nationalism murders are done in the name of the nation. The lived life in the Bank will define his actions partly on what is now, not then. Reasonable or not, this is how the social world works. As with any force, it is best to shape it, or direct its flow; gravitational theory got men to the moon–denying such theory could not.

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    2. A death is not the property of the life taken. It becomes something of its own. It activates networks in grief and anger and politics. The deaths, now three of them, become, for at least a short while, actors themselves. Sometimes they rise high and become something greater in combination. Jesus, Moses were symbols; new deaths may become symbols too. If you decry the deaths of your enemy, how shall you ever have something not enemy?

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    3. The Trespasser

      PHOTOS: Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces after death of convicted terrorist.

      – I know there is much we can learn from each other, if we can negotiate a truce. We can find a way to co-exist. Can there be a peace between us?
      – Peace? No peace.
      – What is it you want us to do?
      – Die… Die.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J3mYaAZJ68

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      • Gearoid

        You really disgust me. You really do. This supremacist bullsh*t you spout, the racism. You really think you’re better than Palestinians don’t you? You really think that because you’re a Jew you’re better?

        People like you are the reason there is no peace. It’s not Jews versus Muslims, or Jews vs Arabs. It’s their worthless supremacist cowards against supremacist cowards like you.

        If there is any justice in this world the gods will show you the scum you are an a human being will rise out of the muck.

        Until then I hope some of the ills you spread and wish on others come back to you.

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        • The Trespasser

          >You really disgust me. You really do.

          Excellent.

          >This supremacist bullsh*t you spout, the racism.

          Calling a terrorist “a terrorist” is racist? Why? because the terrorist is an Arab?

          >You really think you’re better than Palestinians don’t you?

          As a matter of fact, I do not.

          >You really think that because you’re a Jew you’re better?

          I’ve never claimed anything like that. Do not project your petty racist ego onto others.

          >People like you are the reason there is no peace.

          Oh, what a shame. I thought that terrorists and population supporting them is to blame.

          >It’s not Jews versus Muslims, or Jews vs Arabs. It’s their worthless supremacist cowards against supremacist cowards like you.

          Lie.

          >If there is any justice in this world the gods will show you the scum you are an a human being will rise out of the muck.

          Wipe your spit off the screen. It would leave marks.

          >Until then I hope some of the ills you spread and wish on others come back to you.

          Calling a terrorist “a terrorist” is spreading and wishing ill?
          Yeah, right.
          Here – have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXSjrq469CA
          Make sure you are watching till the end.

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        • Gearoid, Tress. waits for angry responses as a form of vindication.

          In this way, the human content of the ActiveStills photos are submerged. I think it essential to see equivalent photos of such in Israel as well. Racial labels are the engine making the situations of these photos. We have to find a new way to deal with race. I think the Israeli Declaration of Independence has the beginnings of an answer. I still think the answer beings with Israeli jurispurdence–Israeli jurisprudence.

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