JERUSALEM, Thursday, November 08, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli army forces raided on Thursday the West Bank town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, and demolished a memorial for a young Palestinian resident of the town killed by Israeli forces, according to local sources.
They said the soldiers demolished the memorial the town had built to commemorate Mohammad Lafi, 17, who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in July of last year while participating in a protest in his town against the Israeli occupation.
The soldiers opened live fire at the Palestinian protesters at the time, killing Lafi, who had just graduated from high school and scored high in the matriculation exam for college entrance, and injured dozens others.
The town residents wanted to commemorate his memory and therefore built a memorial for him at the location he was killed, which apparently aggravated the Israeli army prompting soldiers to demolish it.
The sources said the army warned the town residents against rebuilding Lafi’s memorial or any memorial for any other Palestinian killed by the army, threatening severe punishment if they do that.
At the same time, the army does not stop Israelis who freely build memorials for Israelis who had killed Palestinians in cold blood, such as the Ibrahimi mosque butcher Baruch Goldstein who opened fire at Palestinians while worshipping in the mosque in Hebron on 25 February 1994 and killed more than two dozen civilians.