Israel Systematically Targets Palestinian Ex-Prisoners

A few days ago, the Palestinian female ex-prisoner Ghufran Warasna was shot dead by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stationed at the entrance to Al-Aroub refugee camp (north of Hebron) in the occupied West Bank. Ghufran was targeted only two months after her release from Israeli jails.

A few days later, the two ex-prisoners Daoud Al-Zubaidi and Ayman Muhaisen were shot and killed by Israeli sniper fire in two separate incidents.

Palestinian official and rights sources affirmed that the three incidents are “deliberate field execution crimes.”

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Prisoners Affairs confirmed that 2022 has witnessed a remarkable increase in field executions targeting ex-prisoners.

Speaking to our organisation, Minister Qadri Abu Bakr affirmed that Israeli army and its special units deliberately liquidated and assassinated Ghufran, Daoud and Ayman, out of growing hatred towards the Palestinian ex-prisoners.”

Since of start of the year, 62 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, many of them were ex-prisoners. Muhaisen, who spent 3 years behind Israeli bars, was the last victims.

Eyewitnesses told us that Israeli special units assassinated him outside his family home in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. He was far away from the clashes that erupted in the refugee camp, the sources affirmed.

However, he was directly and deliberately targeted by an Israeli sniper in a crime similar to the journalist Sherine Abu Akleh’s assassination.

In a separate incident, the Israeli army prevented the Palestinian Red Crescent Society from transferring Ghufran to hospital for treatment.

Ghufran was left bleeding for more than half an hour before breathing her last in Hebron hospital.

It is worth to mention that such crimes prove the Israeli authorities’ green light for the IOF excessive use of force and shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinian ex-prisoners.

This unlawful killing amounts to war crimes as it came a part of the Israeli occupation’s systematic targeting of Palestinian ex-prisoners, who had done no wrong and were not suspected of any wrongdoing, amid a complete international silence and total impunity.

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