On Friday (2 July) a 16 year old Arab youth, named as Nidal Shamtir by military sources quoted by Reuters, was killed by Israeli security forces during a demonstration in Nablus in the Israeli occupied West Bank of the Jordan.
On Friday (2 July) a 16 year old Arab youth, named as Nidal Shamtir by military sources quoted by Reuters, was killed by Israeli security forces during a demonstration in Nablus in the Israeli occupied West Bank of the Jordan. It started out as a protest against the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT).
SYNOPSIS: But then developed into a condemnation of attacks on Arab refugee camps in Lebanon and the demonstrators damaged an Israeli bank in the town centre. On Saturday Nidal Shamtir was buried -- and despite a curfew imposed by the Israeli authorities about 600 people joined with relatives to mourn him.
Shamtir was apparently killed by Israeli soldiers when they invented after the demonstrators began attacking army units trying to restore order.
Taking no chances in one of the most sensitive areas under their jurisdiction, Israeli security patrols were out in force -- both in the air and no the ground as the long funeral procession wound its way through the streets of Nablus. But, although intensely emotional, it went off without incident.
Thirteen people were injured during Friday's riots and over 100 were detained before order was restored. Israeli soldiers have cordoned off the Christian quarter of Nablus and Mayor Bassam Al Shaka was summoned to the military governor's office to help prevent further disturbances.
The Moslem Imam chanted prayers completing Chamtir's funeral rites -- and despite the intensity of the occasion and the large number of people in attendance, the mourners dispersed quietly under the watchful eyes of the Israeli security forces. Nablus is the largest Arab city on the occupied West Bank and the scene of several violent demonstrations in recent months.
The Palestinian flag was in evidence during the funeral -- but later in the day it was removed by Israeli soldiers, who had the streets to themselves after curfew time.