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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04130
Date : 27/05/2022
Caption : West Bank, Nablus governorate, Beita village. The father of these girls was killed in 2021 in a confrontation with Israeli Defense forces in Jabal Sabih. Palestinian villagers have expressed their opposition to Israeli settlers' attempts to re-establish an outpost in Jabal Sabih, in violation of the law.
Photographer : HABJOUQA, Tanya
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Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 25.08.2022:
"It Has Changed My Life Forever:

JABAL SABIH, West Bank — Since May 2021, ten Palestinians have been killed, including two children, and many were injured or left with disabilities as a result of confrontations in Jabal Sabih in Beita. Amid attempts by Israeli settlers to re-establish an outpost on Jabal Sabih contrary to the law, Palestinian villagers have expressed their opposition in the form of marches and protests, bringing them into confrontations with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Beita is home to 15,000 residents. Each household has gone through a misfortune over the last year. If you enter any house and ask what they've been through, it is either that they have lost someone, faced injury, or have someone in the family who is disabled or imprisoned," explained Saeed Mohammad Ahmad Hamayil, whose 16-year-old son, Mohammad, was killed last June.

These are five testimonies we collected in Beita about how their lives have changed since the confrontations started in 2021.
He was my love - Um Ali, widow of Imad Ali Dweikat :
"My husband was an amazing father. Usually, villagers prefer boys, but he loved the girls so much. Of course, he was thrilled when his infant son Ali arrived, and for the two months he knew him before he was killed. But he was always so happy with his girls.

He was a perfect man. He was a friend, brother, and husband, all in one. He was my love. We were married for 11 years. I can't believe I have to live without him. But I have to be strong for my girls, I have no choice.

I struggled to find work as a teacher, trying to provide for my children. I was used to being at home with my children. Now, I spend most of my day caring for others. I'm just in survival mode. There is no life without him.
My eldest cannot speak about him. Until now, she won't go to his grave. I try to get the girls to talk about their feelings, but they have trouble speaking about it.

He had a nickname for each of his girls. He never got the chance to nickname his infant son. He called Alaa 'his first and biggest joy'. He called our second daughter, Baylasan, 'my bodyguard, my protector' because she's strong. Our third we called 'harkoosha' ['gremlin'] because she's a troublemaker. And Roaa was named 'a little smurf' because she's tiny.

His dream was for the girls to finish university. He expected Alaa to become a doctor and Baylasan an engineer. He wanted them to achieve big things in life. He cared deeply about their education. Him protesting on the mountain that day was also about protecting his family and the girls' future."
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