Half a head.
The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; theres congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boys face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and wont be returned to their place for another six months.
Mohammed Tamimi, just 15, and he is already a disabled shooting victim and a released prisoner.
Thats life under the occupation in Nabi Saleh, where people are occupied with the struggle. About an hour after Mohammed was shot in the head at short range by an Israel Defense Forces soldier (or a Border Policeman), his now-better-known cousin, Ahed Tamimi, went to the yard of her house and tried to forcibly expel the two soldiers who had invaded her turf, while the camera rolled. Its a reasonable assumption that she tried to vent her wrath on the soldiers in part because of the shooting of her cousin an hour earlier.
Only a few dozen meters separate the place where the soldiers shot Mohammed and Aheds home; only an hour separated the two events. People in her family relate that Ahed, 16, burst into tears when she heard that her cousin had been shot and was in serious condition. From the window of her home at the edge of Nabi Saleh, a small village near Ramallah, you can see the stone wall that surrounds the luxurious building, under construction, that Mohammed climbed in order to get a view of the soldiers who were still inside. At that point he was shot in the head with one bullet from a distance of a few meters, and fell bleeding to the ground from a height of three meters (nearly 10 feet).
Now Ahed is in detention and Mohammed is recovering from his shattering head wound. This week, Mohammed still didnt know about the arrest of his cousin, who has become an icon. In view of his condition, his family hasnt told him.
We meet him in his uncles house, which is adjacent to his own home. He speaks softly, occasionally runs his hand across the scars on his head, lies down from time to time on the sofa to rest. Hes in the 10th grade in the villages coeducational school, where Ahed is a student one year ahead of him. His father, Fadel, is a taxi driver; his mother, Imtisal, a homemaker. Last year, he spent three months in an Israeli prison.
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DE ILLEGALITEIT VAN DE NEDERZETTINGEN
”The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory (Article 49).
The Hague Regulations prohibit an occupying power from undertaking permanent changes in the occupied area unless these are due to military needs in the narrow sense of the term, or unless they are undertaken for the benefit of the local population.”
”Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”
ARTICLE 49, FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION
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HAGUE CONVENTION 1907
De Vierde Conventie van Genève bevat bovendien het beroemde verbod op het koloniseren van bezet gebied waarop de internationale gemeenschap − Nederland inbegrepen − zich in haar veroordelingen van Israëls nederzettingenbeleid baseert. Artikel 49 van de Conventie eindigt met het gebod:”
The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.
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LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF
A WALL IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
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