False Deaths, Muddled Identities As Israel-Palestine Violence Surges

False Deaths, Muddled Identities As Israel-Palestine Violence Surges

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For 2 weeks after Palestinian mom Basma Aweidat obtained the devastating information her son had been shot useless by Israeli forces within the occupied West Financial institution, she was in mourning.

Then she obtained a telephone name, telling her that whereas 28-year-old Thayer had certainly been shot, he was alive and being handled at a hospital in Israel.

“I could not consider what they had been telling me,” stated Basma.

Amid the chaos of surging violence within the Israeli-Palestinian battle within the West Financial institution, such traumatic tales of muddled identities are uncommon however not distinctive.

In Thayer Aweidat’s case, the Israeli military launched a February 6 raid on the entrance to Aqabat Jabr refugee camp close to the West Financial institution metropolis of Jericho, looking for suspects accused of finishing up an assault in opposition to Israelis.

The military stated it killed 5 “terrorists” and an Israeli safety official then advised AFP that the navy was holding the our bodies of the useless Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority, which stated it was knowledgeable by Israeli authorities, introduced Thayer Aweidat, a member of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist motion Hamas, was among the many useless.

His {photograph} was printed on posters plastered on the partitions of the refugee camp, becoming a member of different Palestinian “martyrs”, and messages of condolences flooded in.


Then Basma Aweidat’s telephone rang.

It got here from a cousin of hers, the mom of Alaa Aweidat, a younger man who was reported wounded in the identical raid and who had been taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital.

Besides that when she visited the hospital, she realised in shock that the wounded man was not her baby. It was Thayer Aweidat.

Wounded by gunfire, the latter was in a severe situation and in a coma.

“I could not consider he was nonetheless alive,” stated Basma, who utilized for an Israeli allow to go to.

“I noticed him, his head bandaged, and his physique with a number of wounds. I attempted to talk to him, however he didn’t reply”.

Again house in Aqabat Jabr, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, the identical neighbours who days earlier than had provided condolences returned.

“The ladies within the camp began coming to congratulate me as a result of my son is alive, a couple of days after coming to mourn,” stated Basma Aweidat.

Her husband, Khaled Aweidat, has not obtained permission to go to his son.

“From what my spouse tells me, he’s in severe situation and his loss of life could possibly be introduced at any time,” he stated.

As for Alaa Aweidat, his destiny is unknown.

A relative advised the household he noticed him aboard an Israeli ambulance and alive on February 6 after the clashes in Aqabat camp. However they’ve heard no phrase of him since.

The military would affirm solely that they’d 5 our bodies from the February 6 raid.

Requested by AFP a few doable mistake, neither the military, police nor COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry physique liable for civil affairs within the Palestinian territories, would make clear the explanation for the confusion.

The Palestinian Authority didn’t specify who from Israel submits the names of Palestinians killed throughout military operations.

‘Like numbers’

However it’s not the one case.

In October, the same story unfolded within the Jalazoun refugee camp close to Ramallah, additionally within the West Financial institution.

The Basbous household mourned the loss of life of their son Bassel for 2 days, after Palestinian sources advised them he had been killed by the Israeli military close to Ramallah whereas driving with two others, who additionally died.

However he was not useless.

“I used to be unconscious, and I awoke two days later in hospital with my legs and my fingers shackled,” Bassel Basbous advised AFP.

The household obtained a name from a pal, who had a relative working on the Israeli Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.

“She referred to as me to inform me… Bassel was nonetheless alive,” stated his mom, Ataf Basbous.

The hospital stated in an announcement that “as a result of nature of his situation, it seems that some confusion ensued concerning his id previous to admission for remedy”.

Ataf Basbous stated the “Israelis deal with us like numbers, they do not care about households. My son is shot and he stays in hospital for 18 days earlier than being launched, however nobody cares when he has accomplished nothing.”

Bassel Basbous continues to be receiving remedy for accidents to his leg and hand in hospital in Ramallah.

First nicknamed the “heroic martyr”, like all Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, he has since been often called “the dwelling martyr”.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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