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Thousands mourn child shot dead by Israeli sniper in al-Jalazun
Published Sunday 08/12/2013 (updated) 09/12/2013 11:40
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of mourners turned out on Sunday for the burial of Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces near al-Jalazun refugee camp while he was walking home from school on Saturday.

Al-Ramahi was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper from a watchtower in the nearby settlement of Bet El.

Following an autopsy on his body at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Al-Quds University in nearby Abu Dis, his corpse arrived in al-Jalazun refugee camp, where al-Ramahi lived before his life was cut short.

At the refugee camp, his body was met by thousands of mourners. The young boy's body was carried on shoulders to his family home, where his family members said their last goodbyes.

His mother, sisters and other relatives wept as his body passed by the door to his home as his body was moved to the refugee camp's mosque for funeral prayers.

His body was finally laid to rest in the camp's cemetery, with a gunfire salute into the air as his body was lowered into the ground.

Al-Ramahi's father said that his eldest son had been playing soccer with his friends before heading to the store to buy soft drinks on Saturday. While walking in front of his school, a single bullet pierced his back.

His father described the killing as an "assassination" and "cold-blooded murder."

Although Israeli army spokespeople originally denied knowledge of the boy's slaying, they have since acknowledged responsibility according to Israeli media sources, but have not given a reason for the shooting.

An army spokeswoman told Ma'an that an "investigation" had been launched into the incident.

Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouti said that negotiations by the Palestinians with the State of Israel are being used as "a cover for settlement expansion and in order to carry out crimes and murder against the Palestinian people."

He called for an "end to negotiations and for the International Criminal Court to try Israel and its leaders for war crimes committed against the Palestinian people, including the murder of the al-Ramahi child."

1 ) Gyal / SW
08/12/2013 18:01
This is heart breaking, shame on the Israeli tyrants who are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

2 ) j / usa
08/12/2013 18:25
look people at picture above how can u call this peaceful people.

3 ) Yohan / Canada
08/12/2013 18:32
RIP May the authorities find out what happened and if criminal, May justice prevail, this is coming from an Israeli, death makes us all sad Israeli or Palestinian no difference !!

4 ) Koos / Netherlands
08/12/2013 18:44
IDF forces shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian Arab rioter during a Saturday night clash in Jelazoun refugee camp in Ramallah, a Palestinian Authority medical source told AFP. He named the dead youth as Waji al-Ramhi, and said he was killed by a single bullet. So he was not a pupil from school? The Israeli military could not immediately confirm or deny the report.

5 ) mohamed / somalia
08/12/2013 19:22
cold blood murders my allah cursed you ya,lon and netanyahoo.

6 ) Maisie / UK
08/12/2013 19:25
I await with a mixture of anxiety and despair the comments of the zionazi (the description thanks to the wonderful "Mel") plants who will rationalize this tragedy perhaps with "the gauleiter in the watchtower didn't know the gun was loaded". Don't any of these genocide deniers ever address the fact that the IDF soldiers are only a few years older than their young victims and many years younger than their older victims. What will the IDF spokesperson say after a lengthy investigation: whoops?

7 ) Byran / US
08/12/2013 19:50
Oh God in heaven help your people who are suffering at the hand of these devils

8 ) Sami, the bedouin / Palestine
08/12/2013 20:47
Book about killing gentile children becomes bestseller in Israel .... A Jewish rabbi has issued a book giving Jews permission to murder non-Jews, including babies and children: “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, wrote in his book “The King’s Torah.”

9 ) Mel / USA
08/12/2013 20:59
Rest in peace Wajih! How many THOUSANDS of good Palestinian children have been murdered by crazy Zionist soldiers,just for WALKING home from,or to,school,if they have a home LEFT when they get back,if they get back!So many thousands Arab children persecuted,terrorized,murdered by USG-funded occupying Israel,just for DOING what they're LEGALLY entitled to do under international laws & HUMAN RIGHTS! Degel Shahor Israel! And no excuses!

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/12/2013 21:33
Now -- WHERE are those herds of Zionists who were denying without qualification that Israel had carried out this murder? What are their lies now? Come on -- let's hear the falsehood du jour.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/12/2013 22:01
'An army spokeswoman told Ma'an that an "investigation" had been launched into the incident.' The timing and contents of the 'results' should prove illuminating. We may be able to gauge the IDF's capacity for invention. How fast and how inspired? A word to the wise -- don't consult any of Ma'an's resident Zionists -- they're certainly dishonest enough, but they're not very bright.

12 ) Muslimah / UK
08/12/2013 22:03
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, "They are dead." Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not. And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return". Al Baqarah (2: 153 -156)

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/12/2013 22:03
Having initially run the A.P. story, the New York Times has now pulled it down. This doesn't look good for the IDF -- this is usually what happens when the crime is simply inexcusable. The NYT pretends it didn't happen.

14 ) gabi / australia
08/12/2013 23:56
Hello Brian Cohen? southparkbear? tibi/tubas? johnnybenson? and all you other Israeli apologists . . .well, say something. Or perhaps better not - can't really defend the indefensible, can you.

15 ) murderers / ..........
09/12/2013 01:47
........ignore the ***** r.i.p.

16 ) Marie / Palestine
09/12/2013 13:32
j. Your scary and pitiful lack of compassion show that you are simply being paid to write this type of insensitive and inhume comments. Shame, shame, shame on you and on your lot...

17 ) Harrie / Nederland
09/12/2013 22:36
4) Koos Gasten die zoiets doen zijn addergebroed. To all Palestinians: my sincerest condolences and solidarity with the victims of this viperous brood.

18 ) ian / australia
10/12/2013 05:09
#14 Yeah, gabi, you can almost hear the crickets chirping. My theory is that our vociferous lovers of Zion are ALL from Christian countries (including the Israelis) and there's guilt lurking behind the denial because they know the killing is a shameful act. I think their upbringings in Canada and the US show. They're not truly hardened "sabras" (like Naftali "I've killed lots of Arabs" Bennett or Ariel Sharon) or throwbacks from the shtetl (Shamir, Peres) or insanely callous ultra-orthodox

19 ) ian / australia
10/12/2013 05:10
(contd.) (Rabbi Lior etc.). For TRUE Israeli moral blankness, they have a way to go and their sudden, collective, shamefaced silence, now the story is confirmed, shows it.

20 ) southparkbear / usa
10/12/2013 05:48
keep'em near, teach'em better you'll save yourself trajedies

21 ) Peter / Canada
10/12/2013 07:21
j. You are a sick puppy. RIP. The more the Zionists do this the less likely it is that there will be a successful Mandela-style Truth and Reconcilliation Commission when Israeli Apartheid eventually and inevitably collapses.

22 ) southparkbear / usa
12/12/2013 22:59
it seems that for some allah should work overtime cursing the jews. well....No can do. too busy re-cursing arabs and muslims states
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