Posted by: noticeable | December 21, 2006

Haaretz: Detained father of girl shot dead by IDF blocked from her funeral

Having spent some of 2004 in Tulkarem, this story has captured my attention. The deaths of children always leave me speechless.

Detained father of girl shot dead by IDF blocked from her funeral by: Avi Issacharoff

The father of a 14-year-old girl shot dead by Israel Defense Forces soldiers near Tul Karm on Tuesday was not allowed to attend his daughter’s funeral on Wednesday.

Nasser Abd al-Qadr is under arrest for entering Israel illegally and is being held in the Abu Kabir lock-up.

His attorney, Rami Otman, requested that the district court allow al-Qadr to attend the funeral, but by the time the court submitted its verdict, the funeral had already started.

The court said in its decision that it had to hear the state’s position on the matter, but recommended that the Prisons Authority provide escorts so al-Qadr could attend his daughter’s funeral, apparently without realizing that the funeral was being held in Tul Karm.

Otman will submit another request on Thursday for his client to be released for the extent of the mourning period.

Al-Qadr’s daughter Da’ah tried to cross the separation fence near the village of Faroun adjacent to Tul Karm to visit the family’s plot of land, says her mother.

She was shot by Israel Defense Forces troops who said they thought she was a militant.

A friend who was with her, Rasha Shalbi, 12, said after the shots were fired, the soldiers approached and asked her to empty her bag, and then noticed Da’ah had been shot. She died on the way to the hospital.

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