A Palestinian muezzin was killed and dozens of people suffocated, Friday, March 19, 2021, during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank, while the Foreign Ministry condemned Palestinian With “the heinous field execution crime”, as the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced, in a statement, that “a Palestinian died after being shot in the head by live bullets, in the town of Beit Dajan, near Nablus (north).”
The clashes erupted in the town, following the dispersal of a weekly march condemning the Israeli settlement, during which the army used live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.
Authorized the Friday prayer and martyrdom
Anatolia News Agency reported, according to sources in the town of Beit Dajan, that the martyr was called Atef Hanaysheh (48 years old), and he worked as a muezzin for the Musa Bin Nusair Mosque in the town.
On Friday evening, hundreds of Palestinians buried the body of the martyr Hanaysheh to the town cemetery, chanting slogans denouncing the occupation and loyalty to the martyrs.
The Friday call to prayer in the large Beit Dajan mosque, a Palestinian town to the east of Nablus (north), was the last thing that the Palestinian martyr chanted.
The “muezzin of Beit Dajan”, with this nickname, the martyr was known who worked as a volunteer in the mosques of his town for more than two decades, without any financial compensation.
As Hanaysha was leading the weekly anti-settlement march that was launched in his town after Friday, an Israeli army sniper targeted him with a bullet that hit his head directly and killed him.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned “in the strongest terms the heinous field execution crime committed by the occupation forces” against Hanaysha.
It also held, on the same occasion, the Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, “full and direct responsibility for this crime.”
It called on eyewitnesses and human rights and humanitarian organizations to “document the details of this crime, in preparation for submitting it to the International Criminal Court, the competent national courts and the relevant UN organizations and councils.”
Activation of resistance
In the same context, Palestinian factions called in separate statements, the Palestinians to “activate resistance and uprising” to confront Israel, in response to the killing of Hanaysh.
Hamas said, “We affirm that activating resistance in all its forms is capable of restraining the occupation and stopping its plans, and uprooting settler tents, which are spreading like cancerous tumors over our lands in the occupied West Bank.”
In turn, the “Islamic Jihad” movement said, “The Palestinian people will not submit to the impact of terrorism and aggression, but will respond to them with anger, revolution and the massive uprising that will uproot the Zionist presence from our country.”
As for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, it stressed that “responding to the crime of occupation … requires escalating the uprising act and developing it to the level of the uprising, and by strengthening the mass participation in its activities.”
Assault and live bullets
In the town of Kafr Qaddum in the Qalqilya Governorate (north), dozens of Palestinians suffocated as a result of inhaling tear gas, during the Israeli occupation forces’ dispersal of a weekly march that was organized in the town.
Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli army used live bullets and rubber-coated metal, and tear gas canisters, to disperse the march that started after the Friday prayers.
The witnesses also indicated that clashes broke out between the demonstrators and the Israeli army.
Meanwhile, medics confirmed that they provided field treatment to dozens of people suffering from suffocation due to tear gas inhalation.
The Israeli army prevented dozens of Palestinians from reaching a street taken by settlers in the Hebron governorate in the south of the West Bank, after performing Friday prayers on lands threatened by settlement, and Israeli army forces beat the participants in the event.
On Friday, the Palestinians organize anti-settlement rallies in a number of their villages and towns.
Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 Israelis in the West Bank settlements, including occupied Jerusalem, who live in 164 settlements and 124 outposts.