Al-Durrah “murder”: Undying witness of Israeli barbarism

29-09-2017 10:31

Source: Palestine Information Centre


September 30, 2017, marks the 17th anniversary of the murder of the Palestinian child Mohamed al-Durrah by Israeli soldiers while in his father’s arms, in a scene that sparked international furor.


The Muhammad al-Durrah incident took place in the Gaza Strip on 30 September 2000, on the second day of the Second Intifada, during widespread rioting throughout the Palestinian territories.


Jamal al-Durrah and his 12-year-old son, Muhammad, were filmed by Talal Abu Rahma, a Palestinian cameraman freelancing for France 2, as they were caught in gunfire heavily discharged by the Israeli occupation forces.


The footage shows the pair crouching behind a concrete cylinder, the boy crying and the father waving, then a burst of gunfire and dust, after which the child is seen slumped across his father's legs. The father caught sight of bullets penetrating his son’s back.


After a public funeral broadcast live by national and international TV channels, Muhammad was hailed throughout the world as a victim of Israeli terrorism.


On 28 September 2000, two days before the shooting, the notorious Israeli leader Ariel Sharon and six members of the Israeli Knesset (parliament), escorted by nearly 1,000 soldiers, stormed al-Aqsa Mosque—Muslims’ third holiest.


The violence that followed had its roots in several events, but the break-in was provocative and triggered protests that escalated into rioting across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The uprising became known as the Second Intifada; it lasted over four years and cost around 4,412 Palestinian lives and left 48,322 others wounded. 1,000 Israeli soldiers and settlers died in the uprising while 5,000 were wounded.

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