Palestinians in Israel Protest Naqab Youth Killings

BEERSHEBA, January 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinians in Israeli rallied on Monday in protest of the killing of two Arab residents of the city of Rahat – a predominantly Arab city in southern Israel – by the Israeli police.

Sami Zayadneh, a Palestinian resident of Rahat, died on Monday after inhaling excessive tear gas fired by Israeli police toward Palestinian mourners marching in the funeral procession of Sami al-Ja’ar, a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli fire last Wednesday.

Hundreds of infuriated Palestinian protesters engaged in peaceful protests on Monday, including  Beersheba University, Haifa University, in addition to Nazareth city and the towns of Tamra, al-Makir, Shefa Amr, Um al-Fahm, Arraba, Majd al-Kurum, and al-Reineh.

In the meantime, other student blocs are due to organize similar peaceful protests in Tel Aviv University on Tuesday.

Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Jamal Zahalka, called for a general strike in protest of the police brutality against Palestinian and Arab residents of Israel.

“[Israeli police] has to understand that our blood will not go in vain … we will protest, we will go on strikes, and we will close streets so that we can convey a message of unity, that Galilee, the Triangle and the Naqab regions are all a one hand against the police’s practice of murder,” said Zahalka addressing angry protesters.

The Higher Monitoring Committee for Arabs in Israel previously announced a general strike on Monday, in protest of the Israeli killing of al-Ja’ar last Wednesday.

On November 8, 2014, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the village of Kafr Kanna in northern Israel for attacking  an Israeli police vehicle, despite that he paused no threat on the lives of the officers at the time of the shooting.

The murder triggered a surge of protests and a general strike in Arab towns at that time.