Amid an upsurge of violence, the murder of an unarmed Palestinian mother testifies to the horrific casualties of the occupation.

Sabatin, a 47-year-old widow, mother of six and math teacher, died of her wounds after the Israeli military shot her in the legs near a makeshift military checkpoint in the village on Sunday after the Israeli army said she did not listen to verbal warnings and fled towards them as they fired warning shots into the air. According to the Israel Defense Forces, she was unarmed.

Her six children, who range from 11 to 22, looked stunned as they sat in the formal living room of their grandparents’ home as their family members spoke through tears.

Similar scenes of families mourning a loved one lost in this cycle of violence engulfing Israel and the West Bank took place in Israeli homes, just a few dozen miles away, after 11 civilians and three security personnel were killed in a spate of attacks. including last week’s mass shooting at a busy bar in downtown Tel Aviv.

Following the attacks, Israeli military operations in the occupied West Bank intensified as forces carried out raids that they said were linked to attacks or aimed at preventing future ones. The atmosphere is incredibly charged. Since Sunday, Israeli forces have shot dead at least four Palestinians and one Israeli. In all cases except that of Sabatin, the Israeli military claimed that the soldiers opened fire in response to acts of violence. In one case, a woman stabbed a border police officer; in another incident, a man threw Molotov cocktails at cars, the military said.

Sabatin’s family said it took at least 15 minutes after she was shot before anyone was allowed to approach her. According to Aunt Sabatin, by the time she got to the hospital, she had died from blood loss. The Israeli military said their soldiers followed protocol for a person behaving suspiciously and administered first aid. Video from the scene shows a soldier working on Sabatin, her body covered with pieces of cardboard for reasons of modesty, the IDF said. The IDF said they were investigating the incident.

“When I saw the video of her being shot, I felt empty, I felt my soul had left me, I wished it was me,” Gada’s son Mansour told CNN.

Representatives of the European Union and the United Nations condemned the killing of Sabatin. The EU Delegation to Palestine said on Twitter: “Such excessive use of lethal force against an unarmed civilian is unacceptable.”

The Sabatina family said they wanted to prosecute the soldier or soldiers who pulled the trigger.

“I got very angry when I saw this video, I don’t know what to do with all this anger,” said Gada’s 20-year-old son Mohammed.

It is difficult to pinpoint the trigger point for this latest wave of violence. Israeli officials say the attacks are “lone wolves” with no major organizations behind them. This makes it difficult to prevent them.

And while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the attacks on Israeli civilians, he remains under pressure, not least from the United States, to stop financially supporting the families of the perpetrators of the attacks.

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, facing his own political crisis after losing his parliamentary majority, vowed to take immediate action to prevent further attacks, saying on Sunday that “The State of Israel has taken the offensive … there are no restrictions on [Israeli security forces] in the fight against terrorism.”

Such rhetoric sparked alarm in the West Bank as Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh accused Israel on Monday of pursuing a “shoot to kill” policy.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, president of the Palestinian National Initiative political party, told CNN that the recent wave of violence is due to the Israeli government rejecting any political peace process and instead promoting policies aimed at opening up economic opportunities for the Palestinians, as well as much more . work permits, with the hope that this will achieve peace.

“Trying to say that the Palestinians will just accept the situation if their economic situation improves is a myth,” Barghouti said.

Barghouti said that Palestinians are outraged not only by the Israeli occupation, but also by the fact that the US has broken its promises to open a consulate for Palestinians. And, perhaps just as importantly, there is deep disillusionment with their own political leadership for failing to hold democratic elections, and with the international community for what Barghouti called a double standard as they watch the West impose sanctions on Russia. for her actions in Ukraine while ignoring Israel.

But things could get even worse, especially if religious tensions escalate further as Ramadan, Passover and Easter overlap this weekend. Israeli authorities say a group of Palestinians vandalized what is believed to be the tomb of the biblical prophet Joseph in the West Bank city of Nablus. At the same time, extremist Jewish groups announced they were planning to travel to the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to pray and perform the ancient Jewish ritual of sacrificing a lamb before Passover. .

Such an act is viewed by the Palestinians as incredibly provocative. Under a 1967 agreement with Jordan that governs Jerusalem’s holiest site, Jews are not allowed to pray within the compound, although more extremist Jewish groups have openly prayed at the site in recent years. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, where the complex is located, to become the capital of their future state.

“The most dangerous thing is provocations against the Al-Aqsa mosque, and this could lead to an explosion in the entire area,” Barghouti warned, recalling the 11-day war last May between Hamas militants in Gaza and Israel.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Monday he would visit Saudi Arabia during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Al-Jadeed TV reported.

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  • Why is it important: The announced visit will be the latest in a series of steps that signal improved relations between Lebanon and its neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen last week announced the return of their ambassadors to Lebanon. Better ties could open the door to more support that could help Lebanon’s deteriorating economy get back on its feet.

Khamenei said the fate of the country should not depend on nuclear talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the future of the Islamic Republic should not be tied to the fate of the nuclear talks, Iranian state media reported.

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Shares of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) jumped about 20% on Tuesday on the first day of trading in the Dubai financial market.

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A parody on Saudi TV poking fun at US President Joe Biden has gone viral on Twitter.

In a recent clip from Studio 22, the actor posed as Biden at a press conference on Russia. The scene depicts a visibly decrepit, demented, and exhausted Biden in need of Vice President Kamala Harris’ help. The clip has been viewed over 7 million times on social media.

Ramadan is the best time to watch TV in the Middle East. This is the season that takes the bulk of advertisers’ and content creators’ budgets, and it’s also the time for artists to showcase their talent and transcend social and political taboos.

In countries such as Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, a mixture of drama and comedy series is shown every Ramadan, but Saudi TV has stepped up its game of attracting regional audiences.

Studio 22 is a comedy show on state-run MBC that tells the story of a bankrupt television network trying to survive against all odds. The show features satirical parodies of many celebrities and political figures such as Boris Johnson, Will Smith and even the pride of the Arabs, footballer Mo Salah.

This kind of mockery of a US president, taking place against the backdrop of tense relations between Saudi Arabia and the US, is not the first. Another show on MBC called Wi-Fi previously made fun of Donald Trump and Barack Obama when they were in power.

Studio 22 has been surprising before. Adil al-Qalbani, the former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, said in a TV interview this month that he could sue the show after it aired a parody that mocked his transition from being an imam in Islam’s holiest place to promoting government. entertainment festivals in television advertising. Advertising campaigns for the Season in Riyadh festival portrayed the former imam as Game of Thrones Free People character.

Mohammed Abdelbari

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