The Suspected Offense: Throwing a Firebomb. The Punishment: Death

Arrested for the first time at age 14, Yahya Adwan spent the rest of his short life in jail for throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli troops. Last week a soldier shot and killed the 27-year-old Palestinian

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His brothers with a photo of Yahya Adwan, who was killed two weeks ago. “If he hadn’t loved life,” his father Ali says sadly, “he wouldn’t have been building his new home.”
His brothers with a photo of Yahya Adwan, who was killed two weeks ago. “If he hadn’t loved life,” his father Ali says sadly, “he wouldn’t have been building his new home.”

First there was his arrest at the age of 14, and then two-and-a-half years in the Megiddo and Hasharon prisons. He had been in ninth grade before his incarceration and never went back to school. About 18 months after being released, in 2014, he was sentenced to four more years, again due to various charges involving disturbing the peace. In 2018 he was imprisoned for an additional year and a half. All told, eight years in Israeli jails since the age of 14. Last week he was shot to death by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, at age 27.

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