Nablus man murdered by Israeli soldiers in “point-blank shooting”
4 March 2003 - The Palestine Monitor
Israeli soldiers yesterday murdered a 23-year-old man in what some are
saying may have been a point-blank shooting of a man already in restraints.
Mohammad Hassan Ali Issa, from Nablus, was attempting to reach his job at a
supermarket in Jerusalem when he was denied access to cross the Hawwara
checkpoint by Israeli soldiers.
Issa tried to continue his journey via a backroad near Til village. Reports
indicate that Israeli soldiers stopped him, arrested and handcuffed him, and
then shot him.
“The bullet entered his thigh and traveled to his abdomen – causing serious
internal injuries,” said Dr Hussam Al Johary, head of Rafidia Hospital.
“Soldiers kept him at the checkpoint for approximately three hours before
they allowed Palestinian bystanders to contact an ambulance, which rushed
Issa to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.
“By the time Mohammad was brought into the hospital, he had lost an enormous
amount of blood,” said Dr Al Johary. “If the Israelis had allowed him to go
to the hospital earlier – instead of keeping him at the checkpoint for three
hours -- we might have been able to save him.”
Another doctor who treated Issa said, “When he arrived he was dying. He was
in shock. As we began to treat him, he revived enough to be able to tell us
what had happened.”
According to the doctor, Issa’s final words were, “They shot me. They
blindfolded me and they handcuffed me. They kept me at the checkpoint for
more than two hours. After this I can’t remember anything.”
The doctor said, “We saw the marks of handcuffs and a blindfold on his hands
and face. But what was most strange was the trajectory of the bullet. The
fact that it went from the thigh to the abdomen – rather than simply exiting
the back of the leg – indicates that Mohammad was lying down when he was
shot. Therefore, it is conceivable that he was arrested and perhaps even
handcuffed, made to lie on the floor and then shot – execution-style.”
Mohammad Issa leaves behind a mother, six brothers and four sisters. His
father was murdered by Israeli soldiers in 1989, during the first Intifada.
He was in his sixties at the time and was working for the Nablus
Muinicipality when Israeli soldiers shot him in a municipality car.