The Israeli Agent Made a Veiled Threat. Soon After, the Palestinian Activist Was Dead

A Palestinian student activist who was on the Shin Bet's wanted list was shot to death from afar during a demonstration in May. The IDF’s response: 'A Military Police investigation has been launched'

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Israeli forces surround a wounded activist, Fadi Washaha, during a protest against Israeli army attacks on Gaza, at the Beit El checkpoint in Ramallah, in November 2019.
Israeli forces surround a wounded activist, Fadi Washaha, during a protest against Israeli army attacks on Gaza, at the Beit El checkpoint in Ramallah, in November 2019.Credit: ISSAM RIMAWI / Anadolu Agency vi

Fadi Washaha was wanted by the Israeli security forces for about a year. He apparently wasn’t a major wanted person: He took precautions but occasionally visited his home and sometimes even slept there. He told the Shin Bet security agents who were after him that he would turn himself in after completing his university exams – because of his arrests and imprisonments, his studies stretched over many years. But the security forces had different plans and decided to put an end to the cat-and-mouse game with Washaha. On Nakba Day, May 15, while attending a demonstration in City Inn square at the northern entrance to El Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah, he was shot in the head, from a distance of about 100 meters, and killed.

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