A British woman serving in the Israeli occupation forces has been identified by the Jerusalem Post as the killer of the Palestinian boy Attallah Mohammad Harb Rayyan.
The 17-year-old teenager from Qawarat Bani Hassan, a town located near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, was shot on Tuesday.
Attallah’s killer was identified as the British female Cpl Lian Harush. The 22-year-old traveled by herself from the UK to serve as a “lone soldier” in Israel’s occupation army. As many as 6,000 such soldiers with dual citizenship belong to the controversial program.
"Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper confirmed..22-year-old Lian Harush came to Israel by herself from Britain to join Israel’s occupation army
Israel systematically recruits Jews from around the world to join its army..participate directly in the occupation of Palestinian land" https://t.co/aHYn5ChdpZ
— osiris322 (@osiris322) January 26, 2021
Their recruitment has also been a cause of controversy. An Al Jazeera report found that far-right radical organizations in Europe were recruiting western citizens to serve in the Israeli army. Many of these foreign fighters took part in the 2014 Gaza war.
Organizations linked to the Israeli army are said to be cropping up all over Europe to enlist voluntary recruits. The organizations specializing in bringing individuals to Israel operate branches in major European cities, including London, to provide military experience and also an opportunity to take part in formal combat.
Briton Lian Harush's commander in Israel's occupation forces says that after shooting 17 y/o Atallah Rayan they:
“After which we kept hitting him with our weapons”
— Raimo Kangasniemi (@rk70534) January 27, 2021
Those that don’t want to join the lone soldier program can take part in controversial fantasy “anti-terrorism” camps in the occupied West Bank. There, tourists are given the opportunity to play the role of Israeli forces in a variety of situations, ranging from an explosion at a Jerusalem marketplace to a stabbing attack and sniper tournament.
According to the Jerusalem Post, after fatally shooting Attallah, Harush called her parents in London from the scene to update them on the attack and told them she was fine. As in many previous cases in which an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed, no Israeli soldiers or civilians were injured.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) January 26, 2021
Attallah is the first Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2021. In 2020, Israeli forces killed nine Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, six of whom were killed with live ammunition, according to documentation collected by Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)