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Ahmed al Kouraini

Sam Bahour • 11/8/2002

Dear friends,

Today's post is dedicated to the memory of the Nablus Municipality worker Ahmed al Kouraini, 54, from Askar refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus. He was was shot dead on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2002 by Israeli troops.

Kouraini, who had a permit to move through the city streets despite the curfew, was called by the Municipality to respond to an electrical emergency that needed attention in the City. Driving a Municipality electrical repair van with a siren and flag raised above and wearing his Municipality overalls he was shot dead in the driver's seat.

Last night, one of his 8 children, a young girl - a little older then my own daughter - screamed that she wanted her father on national TV here...a picture no US TV station probably showed - see below. She had Palestine in tears...a bold reminder of what is happening everyday. Everyday!

Of course, the Israeli army expressed regret and said it was investigating and would "take disciplinary action" if it was found the soldiers had violated regulations.

When will they reach the conclusion that their entire army is violating human decency by raping through our towns and collectively punishing an entire civilian population for acts of a few?!

In memory,

The daughter of slain Palestinian municipal worker Ahmad Qreini cries in Al-Ettihad hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus August 10, 2002. Palestinian witnesses and medical officials said troops shot dead Qreini, a 53 year old municipal worker as he was driving an electrical repair van marked as authorized to travel in the sprawling city despite an Israeli curfew. Israeli military sources said the incident would be fully investigated. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini






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