War & Peace
Israeli Troops Kill Elderly Palestinian Man Lying in his Bed
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot dead an elderly Palestinian man as he lie in his bed during an “anti-terror” raid in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron early this morning.
Amr Qawasme, age 65, was killed by a gunshot to the head. His wife, Sobheye Qawasme, says he was sleeping when he was killed and his bloody bed seems to confirm this, but the IDF gave a different account of the incident.
Israeli Brigadier-general Nitzan Alon expressed his regret over the killing but says his troops opened fire after spotting suspicious movement from Qawasme’s direction as they raided his home. The Israelis say they thought he was hiding a weapon. They were raiding the home in search of a wanted “terror” suspect who Palestinian police say lives elsewhere. The Israelis admit Amr Qawasme was not the man they were after.
Sobheye says she was praying early this morning when about 60 IDF soldiers broke into her house, forced her mouth closed, and “went into my old and ill husband’s room and shot him in the head until he was dead.” She further stated:
“My crippled son was in the house during the incident, he is in a very rough mental state. I myself have yet to digest the events, how and why it happened. Everything the soldiers said about my husband trying to attack them or interrupt them is a lie– he was killed while he was sleeping. I can barely stand on my own two feet, our economic situation is very bad and I don’t know how I will deal with life after this disaster which has fallen on our heads.”
Sobheye is the mother of nine children.
“We will not stand by and allow this disaster to be forgotten,” she vowed. “We will make every effort to reach the people who shot my husband and caused his death. We will ask the responsible elements to punish those responsible for the mental, social and financial anguish they have caused us.”
General Alon, the IDF commander, promised an investigation and added that “I don’t think there is any reason to fear that the incident will affect our relations with the Palestinians.”