Supporters Around the World Demand Justice for Yousef Ikhlayl

5 February 2011

Throughout the week supporters around the world honored Yousef Ikhlayl, shot and killed on January 28 by settlers from the Bat Ayn settlement. Demonstrators in Jaffa and San Francisco carried signs with pictures of Yousef and handed out fliers explaining what had happened to him. Protesters in Chicago dropped a banner in his honor, and The Palestine Solidarity Campaing in Scottland honored Yousef at their annual conference. In Santa Fe, a presentation on Yousef drew over 150 participants.

Yousef Ikhlayl was shot and killed Friday, January 28, when 100 settlers from the Bat Ayn settlement descended upon the Palestinian villages of Saffa and nearby Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank. Settlers also shot 16-year-old Bilal Mohammad Abed Al-Qador with live ammunition in his arm. Yousef was shot in the head while standing in the grapes fields he had planted on his family’s land. Yousef had worked on many initiatives with the Palestine Solidarity Project, and was a constant presents at events as well as Beit Ommar’s weekly demonstrations.

Yousef’s death has brought shock and outrage to people around the world. The many events and demonstration this week in his honor are a testament to the grief and fury his death has caused. We will not rest until we no longer have to mourn the deaths of youth like Yousef Ikhlayl.