- Published on Monday, 07 May 2012 10:39
Haaretz Israeli newspaper narrates the story of three brothers from Ramun village in the West Bank.
On March 23, 2012, in the West Bank village of Kafr Ramun, three brothers woke up in the middle of the night and found two suspicious men near their home. They asked them to identify themselves, but the two men kept moving toward their house. The brothers held sticks and kitchen knives because they thought they were burglars, but the two suspicious men opened fire toward them while staying out of sight. On the next day, the brothers discovered that the two suspicious characters were undercover operatives of the Israeli Defense Forces' Duvdevan unit.
11 bullets were fired at the brothers, the younger brother, Rashad Shawakhah, 28, died of his wounds and the two others, Anwar and Akram, were severely wounded. The wounded brothers said they were left to bleed for almost an hour without any medical treatment.
After the incident, no one has reached the surviving brothers to take their testimony or open an investigation into this crime, until an intervention of the human rights group B'Tselem, did the IDF reverse its surprising initial decision and the Military Advocate General order an investigation.
The two surviving brothers told Haaretz that if they had known that the suspicious figures were IDF soldiers, they would have quickly entered to their house and never have tried to talk to them.
The two brothers also said that the soldiers continued to fire even when they were wounded and did not give up or gave them immediate medical treatment. The Question that should be answered during the investigation is: Why does the IDF enter a peaceful Palestinian village in the middle of the night to train amid its houses?
Haartez said that those responsible for this crime must be condemned and called to account for the unnecessary killing in Ramun.