By Yuval Abraham 972 Magazine
On Friday afternoon, an Israeli soldier shot a 26-year-old Palestinian named Harun Abu Aram in the neck from point blank range. Abu Aram is now in critical condition in a hospital in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, should he be responsive, Abu Aram will likely be paralyzed.
The shooting took place near the Palestinian village of al-Rakiz in the South Hebron Hills. Just a month ago, the army came with bulldozers to demolish four homes in the community; Abu Aram’s was one of those homes.
Contrary to the Israeli army’s claims, the residents of al-Rakiz are no criminals. They built their homes on their land in accordance with the law. The army destroyed them because the Civil Administration — the arm of Israel’s military government that runs the day-to-day life of 2.8 million Palestinians in the West Bank — refuses to issue building permits to the community. In fact, the Civil Administration rejects 98.7 percent of requests for building permits by Palestinians living in the 164 villages in Area C — an area that makes up two thirds of the West Bank and is under full Israeli military and administrative control.