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6/6/2023, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine
Today, the people of the village of Nabi Saleh bid farewell to the slain infant Muhammad Tamimi, who died after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier.
The villagers of Nabi Saleh welcomed the child with flowers as they paid their respects. His mother, brother, sister, and father shared a final farewell look with baby Muhammad, and his mother embraced him, kissing him for the last time.
According to Israeli Human rights organization B’tselem two and a half year old Mohammed is the 150th Palestinian killed by Israel since the beginning of 2023. This includes 27 Palestinian children that have been killed this year, according to documentation collected by Defence for Children International Palestine.
During the funeral, confrontations broke out between the village youth and the occupying military that surrounded the village. Later that afternoon, while mourners were gathered at the grandparents’ home, the occupation forces forcefully entered the village. Six of the villagers were injured.
Among the injured is Maher Tamimi, whose brother Qusai was tragically shot dead by the occupation forces last September. Maher sustained a gunshot wound in the pelvis, with the bullet entering his intestines. Renowned human rights defender Neriman Tamimi was targeted by a soldier, who struck her in the face with a rifle, and another mourner was hit in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
“Unlawful killings of Palestinian children have become the norm as Israeli forces become increasingly empowered to use intentional lethal force in situations that are not justified. This is a war crime with no consequence.” stated Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP.
As a response to the killing of Mohammed Tamimi South African MO Nkosi ZMD Mandela, the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela released a statement demanding accountability in which he stated: “We are appalled by this level of inhumanity and the ongoing crimes against humanity and call for immediate charges to be brought by the International Criminal Court against Netanyahu.