Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, denounced Israel’s killing of Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday during a military raid on the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem.
In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday Hamdallah called Israeli police attempts at blaming Mustafa’s death on his brother-in-law “outrageous”.
“Israel’s systematic killing of innocent Palestinians is outrageous. Its most recent attempt to twist the facts and blame someone else for his killing is downright despicable” Hamdallah said.
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Israeli forces shot Mustafa dead and injured his brother-in-law, Ali Tayser Nimir, when the two came under live fire while driving near clashes that erupted between local youth and Israeli soldiers during a military raid in Shufat refugee camp. The two were returning home after picking up food for their family.
Israeli authorities claimed at the time of the incident that the driver of the vehicle attempted to run over Israeli police and border guard officers before they fired at the car, a claim which family members and eye witnesses rejected.
Just one day after Israeli intelligence summoned the parents of Mustafa Nimir to the Nabl Yaqoub police station in Beit Hanina to inform them that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake,” an Israeli police spokesperson Wednesday announced that Ali Tayser Nimir, who was shot during the incident, is suspected by Israeli police of being responsible for Mustafa’s death.
First momments after the execution of Palestinian Mustafa Nimir, 27, by IOF y'day in Shu'fat Camp in Occupied J'slm pic.twitter.com/lnkoL3eZSW
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However, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a Jerusalem magistrate court Thursday rejected the attempt by the police to charge Ali with his brother-in-law’s murder, but continued to hold him in Israeli custody on charges of driving without a license.
“There is now an established pattern by Israeli forces of executing Palestinians, then calling it a ‘mistake’,” Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications and Media at the Prime Minister’s office, said in the statement.
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“Even worse is the cover-up and blaming the victim,” he continued, adding that the international community must intervene to end Israel’s “senseless killing” of Palestinians.