On Thursday, March 24, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlements in occupied Hebron celebrated the holiday of ‘Purim’. The settlers marched through Hebron’s Old City, starting off from the spot where just a few hours before, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) gunned down two Palestinian youth and then executed one of them in cold blood, according to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
In the morning, the IOF shot and killed two Palestinian youth in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood.
In a video published by B’Tselem, an Israeli soldier can clearly be seen shooting one of the youth in the head at point-blank range even though he is lying on the ground seriously injured and is not posing a threat to anyone.
Only a few hours after this extrajudicial execution, Israeli settlers started their joyous march, dressed up in costumes, with music blasting from a bus, dancing in the same spot where the two Palestinians were murdered in cold blood, according to ISM.
As stated by ISM, “The procession of settlers then proceeded down Shuhada Street, where the main illegal Israeli settlements in the heart of the city are located, before turning towards the Ibrahimi mosque. Shuhada Street, except for a tiny strip, has been completely closed for Palestinians, who are not allowed to even walk there – unlike the illegal settlers who can walk and drive.
When the march reached the vicinity of Ibrahimi mosque, Israeli forces started closing off the area to all Palestinians, physically pushing back children behind barriers and preventing Palestinians from accessing the area, even if they were residents, in order to create a space free of Palestinians for the celebrations of the settlers to take place.
One of the settlers, of which many were dressed up in costumes, was seen in a shirt flashing a raised fist on a yellow background, which is the symbol of the ‘Kach’, a party of extremist Israeli fundamentalist settlers, deemed a terrorist group even by the Israeli government.
The party was founded by Meir Kahane, who publicly called for the expulsion of Palestinians and to end culture relations between Jewish and Palestinian students.
On Tuesday, two days before, during celebrations for the same holiday, the loudspeakers of the Ibrahimi mosque were mis-used to broadcast hate-speech calling for the expulsion of Palestinians from Hebron.
The settlers’ celebrations kept going uninterrupted with Israeli forces ensuring that Palestinians would not cross the way of the settlers, forcing them to stay back, and even closing Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint to ensure no one would even come close.”