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Palestinians mark 21st anniversary of murdering Mohammed Al_Durrah

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Palestinian Icon Mohamed Al_Dura

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Although it has been 21 years since Israeli occupation bullets killed 12-year-old Mohammad Al-Durrah, his image as a Palestinian resistance icon has never faded, according to Anadolu.


Al-Durrah and his father were seen crouching behind a concrete block along one of Gaza's streets on September 30, 2000, as Israeli army soldiers fired heavy gunfire at them. The terrified boy dropped dead on his father's lap moments later, despite his best efforts to protect him from live ammunition.




The footage, on the other hand, became the most powerful emblem of Palestinian resistance to Israel's decades-long occupation.


In support of the Palestinian cause, drawings and paintings depicting the scenario were painted on walls all around the world.




Mohammad Jamal Al-Durrah was born in the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on November 18, 1989.


The youngster had his early education in the camp's elementary school, where his family's economic status can be regarded as prosperous.


His father, Jamal Al-Durrah, told Anadolu Agency that his son was "strong and fearless" and that he "had a lot of courage in talking to and debating with others and the elderly."



Mohammad was strong-willed. He always stood by the truth, defended it, and helped the oppressed. He also loved helping others with whatever little he could afford," he said.


Asked about his son's hobbies, Jamal said his martyred son loved swimming while also enjoyed spending his free time with his father.


My son's martyrdom "has not been forgotten by the world," Jamal said. "It will never be forgotten."




On the morning of September 30, 2000, Mohammad and his father departed Al-Bureij refugee camp for Gaza city center to purchase a new family automobile.


"A bigger and more gorgeous car," Mohammad desired, according to Jamal.


"We went out together to hunt for his preferred car, but we couldn't find it," Jamal recounted. "So we decided to go back and look for what Mohammad is looking for and buy it."





As the second intifada reached its second day, Mohammad's search for a new car was cut short by Israeli army fire targeting Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza. In protest, young men close several routes, including the one Jamal and his kid use to return home.


Because of the clashes, the couple had to walk along the road's side to stay safe while waiting for a vehicle to take them home.


The two were stunned by the strong firing directed at them as they neared the area of clashes.





The only escape from the barrage of bullets they could find was to hide behind a cylinder concrete next to a wall as seen in the footage that went viral.


Jamal initially thought that the shooting would not last long. But the firing intensified like "rain showers," he recalled.


Jamal's only concern was to shield his son from the live ammunition.



"I've been hit," the Palestinian father quoted his son as saying.


The first bullet struck Mohammad's knee. The helpless father assured his son that an ambulance will soon arrive to transfer him to the hospital. But Mohammad insisted that he was fine and capable of enduring the pain.


"Don't be afraid dad," Jamal recalled his son's words.


Moments later, Jamal, who himself sustained multiple wounds, found his son's head falling into his right lap with a deep wound on his back.



"Mohammad was martyred and passed away," the emotional father reminisced.


The footage showed Jamal screaming gesturing to the Israeli soldiers to stop shooting. "The boy is dead…the boy is dead," Jamal said while moving his head right and left.


"I was lamenting my child," Jamal told Anadolu Agency. "After that, white dust appeared as a result of the occupation soldiers' shelling towards us. It seems that they wanted to hide the evidence of this crime, but it hit the edge of the sidewalk."




He continued, "Minutes later the ambulance arrived and took both of us to Al-Shifa Hospital. Mohammad was already dead and a day later I was referred to a hospital in Jordan for treatment."


Jamal said his son's footage is a testament to hundreds of Israeli massacres of Palestinians which largely go undocumented.


"This makes Mohammad's death the cause of Palestine," he said.​​​​​​