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Soldiers raid home of man shot at Qalandiya
Published Sunday 22/01/2012 (updated) 24/01/2012 10:05
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Soldiers take position during a raid. (MaanImages/File)
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday raided the home of a Palestinian man who was shot in the leg earlier in the day by an Israeli soldier.

According to Israeli media, Abdul Hakim Ghawadra, 29, was carrying an axe and tried to attack a soldier at Qalandiya checkpoint, which separates northern Jerusalem from Ramallah.

Ghawadra sustained injuries to his leg and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that later on Sunday six Israeli military patrols ransacked the Jenin home of Ghawadra. Soldiers also raided the homes of his brothers.

One of Ghawadra's relatives told Ma'an that he had been working as a teacher in the village school before quitting his job and moving to Ramallah eight months ago.

He was apparently suffering from a mental disorder and the relative said he was isolated and needed psychological help.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
22/01/2012 17:39
why the leg?

2 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
22/01/2012 19:33
He was also carrying a long commando knife under his jacket (see Ynet). Of course, said his family, he needed "help" because he was mentally disturbed. He couldn't have been a terrorist.

3 ) carine / UK
23/01/2012 00:22
#2 How strange - I saw Ynet too. I read that he was carrying a bag containing maps and papers described as 'nationalistic', but no mention of a knife on him. I wonder... could it be that a 'long commando knife' was 'found' when the IDF raided his home and the homes of his brothers while he was being treated in hospital? Are you absolutely sure that he wasn't mentally disturbed? I imagine there must be 1000s of Palestinians who suffer so , considering the treatment by Israeli squatters & soldiers

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/01/2012 01:28
To Robert Haymond #2 'Of course, said his family, he needed "help" because he was mentally disturbed. He couldn't have been a terrorist.' Everything I can see suggests he was mentally disturbed. Certainly if he was a 'terrorist' he was a remarkably ineffectual one. In any case, he allegedly attacked a soldier. That's not terrorism in the first place.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/01/2012 01:30
To southparkbear #1 'why the leg?' Probably because the attacker obviously was disturbed and the soldier who shot him wasn't particularly murderously inclined. I'm sure you would have acted differently.

6 ) Business / Israel
24/01/2012 03:54
The soldier was well trained. Most local police forces, almost anywhere in the world, would not have been so restrained.

7 ) Palpaloma / Austria
24/01/2012 17:27
It isn't surprising that someone get mentally disturbed under such living conditions! Three generations of harsh military oppression by the bloodthursty zionist state! I am surprised that there are still a lot of Ghandi's organising peaceful resistance to the longest and bloodiest oppression in modern history! Palestine must have freedom and justice immediately, the Palestinian people paid already too much for their struggle for freedom! Israel has to be hold accountable for its crimes!
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