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Jenin man dies at Israeli checkpoint
Published Sunday 29/12/2013 (updated) 29/12/2013 21:43
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man died on Sunday at a flying checkpoint Israeli forces erected in the northern West Bank, the man's family said.

Adel Muhammad Amarnah, 65, was being rushed to a Jenin hospital when his car was stopped at a checkpoint near the village of Yaabad, his family told Ma'an.

An Israeli soldier told the driver of the car to "go back where he came from," the family said. After being held up for an extended period of time, the driver finally convinced the soldier to let the car through the checkpoint.

But Amarnah died before he reached Jenin's public hospital, where the doctors confirmed his death, his family said.

An Israeli army spokesman said he was unfamiliar with the incident.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
29/12/2013 16:59
"At any given time there are about 100 checkpoints in the West Bank.": There is a grand total of 10 internal checkpoints, only 1 is open 24/7, and ALL are in Area C, home to 48,000 Palestinians. Please stop propagandising and tell the truth. News should be factual.

2 ) Julie / USA
29/12/2013 19:09
@1 need facts? more UN resolutions against izrael than any other country, izrael alone has violated more UN resolutions than any other country. izrael commits war crimes, crimes against humanity daily & breaches every agreement/treaty/ceasefire they make. the izraeli occupation is illegal, settlers are criminal squatters. Gaza is the largest open concentration camp which izrael punishes collectively daily. so MUCH MORE too. all this per international law. those are FACTS. do the research.

3 ) @ Rachamim-1 / Truth
29/12/2013 20:16
I also speak for the "Truth", and ACTIONS ALWAYS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, where: 1- Invasions and terrorism created Israel's need for secure borders, and 2- Stone throwing created Israel's need for secure check-points !! And, -A- the Palestinians people, as a whole, must endure the consequences of their 80 years of terrorism (#1) actions, just like -B- the Palestinians of the town of Jenin must endure the consequences of their stone throwing (#2) actions !!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/12/2013 20:52
To Rachamim Dwek #1: ' Please stop propagandising and tell the truth. News should be factual.' Ma'an did tell the truth. The man was ill, he was being rushed to the hospital, the Israelis refused to let him pass, he died.

5 ) Jesper Widell / SWE
29/12/2013 21:07
Mr Rachamim Dwek, do you have any comment on the death of mr Adel Muhammad Amarnah?

6 ) Habeeb Awad / USA
29/12/2013 21:28
That fact still stands, Rachamim, a check point was a cause of death to this Palestinian man - regardless if there are 10 or hundreds of checkpoints they are illegal under international law and Israel should be held accountable.

7 ) brad stevens / UK
29/12/2013 23:02
Of course, Mr. Dwek is correct. The occupied and oppressed Palestinians have been throwing dangerous stones at Israeli tanks, therefore this innocent poorly person, father, possibly grandfather, had to die. Don't you see?

8 ) Maureen / Australia
30/12/2013 06:51
A waste of time asking the Israeli spokesman anything... probably too ashamed to speak.

9 ) Imran Lakhi. / Uk
30/12/2013 09:38
Rachamim. I find your remarks quite delusional. You by your own admission state you stand for justice. On the other YOU'RE MAKING EXCUSES for Israel to wipe out an entire race of peoples. How could you forget the illegal seizure of lands, killing of innocent civilians. Ambulance deaths at checkpoints. PS how can you justify shooting at children with bullets when they hurl rocks. CONCLUSION: GET OUT OF THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES. AND PEAE WILL PREVAIL.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/12/2013 21:44
To Maureen #8: 'A waste of time asking the Israeli spokesman anything... probably too ashamed to speak.' ? How could a spokeman for Israel be ashamed? Isn't not having any shame a prerequisite to being a Zionist?

11 ) Philly / Palestine
30/12/2013 21:53
Just ignore nr 1, he seems dangerously delusional, I bet he probably would have excuses for Hitler aswell if the victims in the concentration camps in 1944 had tried to resist too.

12 ) Chris / Australia
31/12/2013 07:51
@ Rachamim-3 80 years of terrorism? Surely you mean terrorism of Haganah, Irgun, Lehi, ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Palestinians in 1948, then Israeli state terrorism!!

13 ) Fadi / USA
31/12/2013 08:41
Dwek is a liar, from Bt'selem; In September 2013, there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank. http://www.btselem.org/freedom_of_movement/checkpoints_and_forbidden_roads

14 ) Lina / Ukraine
14/01/2014 12:20
There is nothing worse I can think of than conscious cruelty towards another. May he rest in peace. May all the victims of cruelty, around the world or beyond, find their peace somewhere.
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