Sheikh Jarrah forced eviction protests rage as Israeli soldiers kill another Palestinian child

Man waving Palestinian flag

On 5 May, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 16-year-old Palestinian Saeed Odeh in Nablus. The extrajudicial killing comes as Israeli forces continue to injure and arrest Palestinians protesting the forced evictions of families in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem.

The extrajudicial killing of young Saeed Odeh

Odeh was on a walk with his friend when Israeli soldiers shot and killed him. The pair were near the entrance of their home village when Israeli forces fired at them. Their bullets hit Odeh and eventually killed him. The soldiers then shot and wounded Odeh’s friend when he tried to approach his body. Israeli troops prevented a Palestinian ambulance from reaching Odeh “for at least 15 minutes”. By the time they reached him, it was too late.

Responding to the tragedy, people from grassroots Palestinian anti-apartheid campaign group Stop The Wall tweeted:

Expressing her grief and frustration, Odeh’s cousin shared:

People from the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign tweeted:

On 6 May, Aya Khaled shared footage of a crowd gathered for Odeh’s funeral:

Israeli abuse of Palestinian children

The killing of Odeh comes after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 17-year-old Attallah Mohammad Harb Rayan in January. In 2020, Israeli forces killed 15-year-old Ali Abu Alia and six other Palestinian children. People from Defense for Children Palestine shared:

It later tweeted:

UNICEF regional director Ted Chaiban shared:

Save Sheikh Jarrah

Odeh’s death comes as Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem are facing forced evictions to make way for Israeli settlers. Explaining the current situation, the IMEU shared:

On 6 May, Hind Hassan shared distressing footage of Israeli soldiers in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem:

Khaled Beydoun shared:

The United Nations has urged Israel to stop the forced evictions, stating they “may amount to a war crime”:

One Twitter user shared:

Palestinians sharing news from Sheikh Jarrah are claiming that their social media accounts are being censored. Activists are calling on social media users to share news about the situation in Jerusalem under the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah. Palestine Solidarity Campaign is urging people to lobby the UK Foreign Office to demand that Israel stops the forced evictions. People can also support Palestinian refugees by donating to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Featured image via Ahmed Abu Hameeda/Unsplash

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