On This Day in 2011: December 10 — Mustafa Tamimi succumbs to his wounds after being shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister from close range by an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in Nabi Saleh the previous day. He was 28.
Photo: Mustafa Tamimi. (Credit: ActiveStills)
Witnesses say the soldier was less than ten meters away when he fired, causing severe damage to the orbital region of Tamimi’s face.
“Half of his face was destroyed, pretty much. It looked really, really bad and he lost a lot of blood,” said Lazar Simeonov, a photographer that was in the village at the time. “I am not sure he will make it.”
Ola Tamimi, Mustafa’s sister, is seen in the third photo just after her brother was shot.
Family and friends of Tamimi found no comfort the next day, funeral day, when the Israeli army fired tear gas on some of the mourners, beat unarmed demonstrators, and arrested seven activists (bottom two photos). Jonathan Pollak, an Israeli activist and close friend of Tamimi had to be carried away after he was choked unconscious by an Israeli soldier. Thousands lined Ramallah’s streets for the procession.
Photo: Ola Tamimi weeping on the day of her brother’s funeral, Ramallah. (Credit: @iRevolt)
Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh have been taking place for three years now, protesting against the theft of Palestinian land in the form of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish and a water spring belonging to Palestinians that Israeli settlers have occupied for themselves, an action the Israeli government supports.
More from Nabi Saleh:
- Israeli military spokesperson mocks dead protester
- Protester shot by Israeli soldier in leg with live ammunition
- Israeli soldier shoots 14-year-old in face, creates hole [graphic]
- French woman hit by Israeli fire, bleeds profusely [graphic]
Photos: Haim Scwarczenberg / Lazar Simeonov / Anne Paq / Lazar Simeonov / Anne Paq / AP
“Sometimes my wife and I can’t go to sleep and we stay awake the whole night crying and comforting one another. It’s not good to keep crying and mourning our son the martyr. I keep telling my wife we must be strong, this is a blessing, an honor to have a martyred son, but sometimes I feel like I don’t believe what I’m saying and my heart feels so heavy with grief.” He looked at me wearily, but not fatalistically, I convinced myself. “Thank God for everything.”
Update: Two years later, Israel’s Military Advocate General rules no regulations were breached when a soldier fatally shot Mustafa Tamimi with tear gas from close range. This decision sends Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable. (via +972mag - Read full article)