AL-MAZRA’A ASH-SHARQIYA, West Financial institution (AP) — The daddy of an American teen killed by Israeli fireplace within the occupied West Financial institution railed towards Washington’s army help for Israel, as a whole bunch of mourners buried the 17-year-old within the household’s ancestral Palestinian village Saturday.

The loss of life of Tawfiq Ajaq on Friday drew an instantaneous expression of concern from the White Home and a pledge from Israeli police to analyze.

It was the newest deadly capturing within the West Financial institution, the place practically 370 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fireplace for the reason that outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza greater than three months in the past. The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed concern about violence by Israeli settlers towards Palestinians in latest months.

Throughout Saturday’s funeral, the teenager’s father criticized the long-standing U.S. help for Israel. “They’re killer machines,” he stated of Israeli forces. “They’re utilizing our tax {dollars} within the U.S. to help the weapons to kill our personal kids.”

Tawfiq Ajaq was born and raised in Gretna, Louisiana, close to New Orleans, kin stated. His mother and father introduced him and his 4 siblings to the village of Al-Mazra’a Ash-Sharqiya final 12 months so they might reconnect with Palestinian tradition.

On Saturday, crowds of Palestinians pulsed via village streets, following males who held aloft a stretcher with the teenager’s physique, wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

Hafez Ajaq implored Individuals to “see with their very own eyes” the continued violence within the West Financial institution.

“The American society doesn’t know the true story,” he stated. “Come right here on the bottom and see what’s occurring. … What number of fathers and moms should say goodbye to their kids? What number of extra?”

The circumstances of the capturing remained unclear.

Ajaq’s relative, Joe Abdel Qaki, stated that Ajaq and a buddy have been having a barbecue in a village area when he was shot by Israeli fireplace, as soon as within the head and as soon as within the chest.

Abdel Qaki stated he arrived on the area shortly after the capturing and helped transport Ajaq to an ambulance. He stated Israeli forces briefly detained him and different Palestinians on the scene, asking for his or her IDs earlier than the boys may get to Ajaq.

He stated Ajaq died within the ambulance on the best way to the hospital.

Israeli police stated they acquired a report Friday concerning a “firearm discharge, ostensibly involving an off-duty legislation enforcement officer, a soldier and a civilian.” Police didn’t determine who fired the shot, although it stated the capturing focused individuals “purportedly engaged in rock-throwing actions alongside Freeway 60,” the primary north-south thoroughfare within the West Financial institution.

Al-Mazra’a Ash-Sharqiya is positioned simply east of the freeway.

Police stated the incident could be investigated. Investigations of these concerned in deadly shootings of Palestinians by Israel’s police and army have not often yielded speedy outcomes, and indictments are unusual.

Requested in regards to the capturing, U.S. nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby stated that officers on the White Home have been “significantly involved about these reviews.”

“The knowledge is scant at the moment. We don’t have good context about precisely what occurred right here,” Kirby stated. “We’re going to be in fixed contact with counterparts within the area to — to get extra data.”

Since Oct. 7, when Hamas staged its lethal assault on southern Israel, killing about 1,200 individuals and taking about 250 hostage, Israeli forces have clamped down on suspected militants within the West Financial institution, finishing up close to nightly arrest raids.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry says 369 Palestinians have been killed within the West Financial institution since Oct. 7. A lot of the Palestinians have been killed throughout shootouts within the West Financial institution that the Israeli army says started throughout operations to arrest Palestinian gunmen. In a number of documented situations, Israeli forces and settlers have killed Palestinians who witnesses report have been not engaged in violence.

The U.S. has given army and diplomatic help to Israel’s conflict on Hamas, however has urged Israel to reduce the depth of its assaults. Almost 25,000 Palestinians have been killed thus far in Israel’s offensive, Gaza well being officers stated.

Israel captured the West Financial institution, together with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, within the 1967 Mideast conflict. The Palestinians search these territories for a future impartial state.


Frankel reported from Jerusalem

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