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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04137
Date : 27/05/2022
Caption : West Bank, Nablus governorate, Beita village. This father lost his 16 years old son in 2021 during confrontation in Jabal Sabih with the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinians villagers expressed their opposition towards attemps by Israeli settlers to re-establish an outpost on Jabal Sabih contrary to the law.
Photographer : HABJOUQA, Tanya
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Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 25.08.2022:
"It Has Changed My Life Forever:

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.

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.
A devastated father - Saeed Mohammad Ahmad Hamayil, 49 years old, whose son was killed two months shy of 17

We are building a new home because we cannot bear to stay in the house where our son lived. Everywhere I look, I see my son. It's too painful. Each day that passes I feel like he has been killed anew, especially during this time because he would have been getting ready for his high school exams.

Mohammad used to tell me, 'I want to build a house and live here one day'. We want to make his wish come true.The new house will be closer to the cemetery, and this will somehow make Mohammad's mother feel closer to her son.

I was an employee in the Palestinian Ministry of Labor. I retired early because I could not go on with my work due to what is happening with me now. In 2021, my son was killed. So many children were killed.

My son Mohammad was born on the 4th of August 2004. He was killed two months before turning 17. He was one of the smartest children in his school. He was sociable, loved people and had a charismatic personality. He would always gather the students and teachers around him. He dreamed of going to college and majoring in law. All his hopes and dreams are gone. Mohammad was very passionate. He was a writer, he loved writing.

I can't do anything to protect my children, I can't even protect myself. How am I going to protect them? My son's death broke me, his siblings and his mother. I'm trying to keep it together as I talk, but I can't.

I don't want the crimes to be documented anymore; we have enough documents. We want these violent acts to stop. We are fathers; we feel and care for our sons."
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