My dearly loved Nadeem was murdered in cold blood by Israeli soldiers. He was only 17. My dream of seeing my little son a grown man by my side will never come true. His death came too soon.
But his killing was caught on security cameras for the whole world to see. Watching how my son was killed is so painful -- you see Israeli soldiers joking and laughing as if they were making a hunting bet while firing at prey, and then they shoot. The film is extremely painful to watch, but could bring justice.
Before my child was killed I was so happy to watch him grow up into a strong young boy. He helped me with everything, he was such a loving son, and he was so sweet to his mother and sister. He never walked into the house without giving us all hugs and kisses. He filled the house with laughter and happiness all the time. I based so much hope on him. Beautiful, innocent, amazing and well-behaved.
But suddenly, in minutes, time stood still in the hospital fridge at 2;30AM as I dressed him for the last time. I looked at him with such sorrow. I couldn’t believe my little angel was dead. The next day I had to lay him in his grave and the pain was unbearable. My heart ached for my wife, daughter and little baby boy, Nadeem’s youngest brother, who was crying “I want Nadeem!”. I was lost and couldn’t believe that my son, the love of life, my little boy with the most beautiful smile in the world, the athlete, the sweet animal lover won’t be by my side ever again. I never expected that I would ever walk into the house, his room, and not find him there.
Its been a month since my boy was killed. Now I am suffering more than ever because we have to take his little body out of the grave for an autopsy to show the truth of what happened to him because Israel denies that he was killed by a live bullet, even though I found the bullet in his blood-drenched school backpack that he was wearing when he was shot.
I want justice, I believe in justice, and I will pursue justice for my son with all that I have left. I write today in the hope that all the people in the world who believe in the goodness of humanity and who believe in justice will help me achieve it. But I also know that the Israeli system is not just. Israeli soldiers have killed thousands of Palestinian civilians, but in the last 14 years only six soldiers have been charged with wrongdoing, and the toughest sentence imposed on any of them was 7.5 months in jail.
The soldier and commanders who murdered my son may never be imprisoned for their crime. But my friends have told me that countries around the world ban those responsible for violence from entering their countries. I don’t want my son to be another number, and I want to make sure no family suffers like ours is suffering now. If you help me we could make sure those who killed my son are banned from Europe and the US until we can push for real justice.
I plead for your help in this. I want to make sure the criminals who killed the joy of my life know that they cannot go on murdering children. And I need you on my side to ensure that humanity prevails.
With hope and determination,
Defense for Children international Palestine. Video footage of children being shot: Unlawful killing of two Palestinian teens outside Ofer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaibEqx2m_k
France 24 report on the incident: http://observers.france24.com/content/20140523-videos-israel-soldiers-live-bullets-protesters
Guardian report on the incident: http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/may/22/israeli-soldiers-shooting-palestinian-teenagers-mohamed-al-azi-video
Amnesty International - Soldiers Trigger Happy : http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/002/2014/en/349188ef-e14a-418f-ac20-6c9e5c8d9f88/mde150022014en.pdf
Promoting Impunity - Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/iopt0605.pdf
Haaretz report on the incident: http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.591738?v=2C9BF65EED8E7CCBA5D7F5123E9A73F5
Aljazeera report on the Incident:
LA Review of books report on the incident: