PFLP praise 'courage' of Abu Dis teenager killed by Israeli forces


Published: 2017-07-25 11:52

Last Updated: 2017-07-25 11:58

19-year-old Yousif Abbas Kashur was killed by Israeli forces during clashes on Saturday (Photo from Ma'an)
19-year-old Yousif Abbas Kashur was killed by Israeli forces during clashes on Saturday (Photo from Ma'an)
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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on Sunday expressed its “deepest condolences” over the killing 19-year-old Yousif Abbas Kashur by Israeli forces during clashes on Saturday in the town of Al Eizariya in the central occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces shot Kashur, who the PFLP claimed as a member, and at least one other Palestinian with live bullets clashes in Al Eizariya on Saturday, with Kashur later succumbing to his wounds at the hospital, the Ma'an News Agency reported on Monday.

Saturday's clashes came a day after mass demonstrations to denounce new Israeli security measures at the Al Aqsa Mosque across the occupied Palestinian territory. Subsequent violent repression by Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinians and left hundreds injured.

Three Israeli settlers were also killed by a Palestinian in the illegal West Bank settlement of Halamish, near the village of Nabi Saleh.

The PFLP, a leftist political movement, hailed the resident of Abu Dis, saying that Kashur had been “involved in national struggle and resistance to occupation since his youngest days,” Ma'an reported.

Kashur died a day after fellow Abu Dis resident Muhammad Khalaf Lafi, a 17-year-old member of the leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was also killed by Israeli forces during clashes.

The PFLP said that a number of Kashur’s relatives had been wounded or imprisoned by Israeli forces over the years.

Among those was his father, who injured his hand while preparing a bomb and was sentenced to life in prison, before being released in 1985 during a prisoner swap deal, Ma'an said.

One of Kashur’s uncles had also been killed by Israeli forces, the group added.
Kashur’s “dedication and commitment” to the Palestinian cause led him to be involved in a number of youth organizations, as well as to maintain the social media accounts for the PFLP’s branch in Abu Dis, the PFLP said.

“The martyr was characterized by his high morals, commitment, bravery and courage,” the statement read. “He was determined never to desert a confrontation with the occupation and to continually resist the occupation soldiers, who attempt to invade the area, with stones and Molotov cocktails,” Ma'an quoted the PFLP statement as saying.

According to Ma’an, Kashur is one of 50 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis in 2017 -- 15 of whom were killed in July alone.

Thirteen Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in the same period.