Palestinian dies days after being shot during Israeli raid in Jenin camp

Hamad Abu Jelda (social media)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  September 11, 2022

Hamad Abu Jelda was shot during a raid to demolish the house of Raad Hazem, who killed three Israelis in April.

Palestinian died from his wounds on Sunday, five days after being shot by the Israeli army during a home demolition in the city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry confirmed “the death of the young man, Hamad Mustafa Hussein Abu Jelda, 24, after being shot by the Israeli occupation forces in Jenin camp a few days ago”.

Dozens of the city’s residents headed to the Jenin Governmental Hospital, where Abu Jelda died, while a day of mourning was declared in the camp and a strike announced across the Jenin governorate.

Israeli forces shot Abu Jelda last Tuesday during a raid on the Jenin camp to demolish the home of Raad Hazem, who killed three Israelis and wounded several others in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv’s busy Dizengoff Street on 7 April.

Hazem was shot and killed after a nine-hour manhunt. His father Fathi and brother Hamam are now both wanted by Israel.

Israeli forces killed another Palestinian and wounded 15 others during the raid to destroy Hazem’s house.

The supreme court on 30 May rejected a petition by Hazem’s family to prevent the demolition, a policy that Israel carries out against the homes of suspected attackers. Rights activists have repeatedly condemned the practice as collective punishment.

Israel has carried out near daily raids on West Bank towns and cities, killing dozens of Palestinians, since a series of deadly attacks on Israeli targets, mostly by Palestinians, early this year.

Separately, Israeli border guards arrested a Palestinian woman for allegedly approaching them with a knife near the Givat Ze’ev settlement in the West Bank.