On Thursday, March 24th, Israeli settlers from illegal settlements in Hebron celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim with a march that began in the same location where the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) shot two Palestinian youth and then executed one of them a few hours earlier. The teenager, while seen in a video to be completely helpless and lying on the ground, is shot at point-blank range. A few hours later, Purim celebrations began in that same spot where Israeli settlers wore colorful costumes and played music, dancing in the streets. That morning, the IOF also shot and killed two more Palestinian teenagers in the streets.
The march proceeded down Shuhada Street, which had been completely closed off to Palestinians. They are not allowed to even walk there, unlike the illegal Israeli settlers who can walk and drive. The group then continued on to the Ibrahimi mosque, where at that point Israeli forces started closing off the area to all Palestinians even if they were residents of that area. They also pushed children out of the area in order to create a Palestinian-free space that the Israeli settlers could celebrate in. Two days before, during other celebrations for Purim, the loudspeakers from that same mosque were misused to proclaim hate speech calling from the expulsion of all Palestinians from Hebron, instead of the call to prayer. Israeli forces made sure that no Palestinians even could come close to the people celebrating.
I believe that these events are unfair and unjust. Purim is a celebration about the Jewish people surviving a holocaust, when Israeli settlers are dancing in the streets in a place where young people were shot and killed just for occupying a space and were unable to defend themselves.