In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian Musab Tamimi during a protest near Ramallah Wednesday, making the 17-year-old the first teenager to be killed by Israel in 2018. Tamimi was also the 16th Palestinian to be killed in demonstrations since President Trump declared last month that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Witnesses say Tamimi was unarmed when he was shot in the neck. This is Musab Tamimi’s father, Firas Tamimi.
Firas Tamimi: “The soldiers arrested a mentally ill boy, and when I tried to release him, the officer said to me, ‘We want to kill someone.’ I moved backward to disperse youths away, because I saw the bad will in their eyes. I was close to the youths when the soldiers shot my boy in the neck and killed him. I was five or six meters away from him. Thank God he is a martyr.”
Musab Tamimi was a relative of another Palestinian teenager, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, who is in Israeli custody awaiting trial before a military court after she was filmed in a viral video slapping an Israeli soldier.