Eyad Hallaq's Mom Sleeps in Her Late Son's Bed. His Dad Won't Eat. They Have a Message for Israel's Police

A month after the fatal shooting of Eyad Hallaq, a young autistic Palestinian, his family is still paralyzed by grief and praying that the Border Police officer who shot him pays for his crime

Rana Hallaq. “There’s one boy, we have no other. He’s my second soul. Eyad and I are one soul from long ago.”
Rana Hallaq. “There’s one boy, we have no other. He’s my second soul. Eyad and I are one soul from long ago.” Credit: Alex Levac

The green grass in the small yard outside the house has turned yellow and died. The potted plants are also withered, after not being watered for a month. Eyad used to water them every day in the summer, but now there’s no one to tend to them. Rana, the bereaved mother, is binge-watching a clip of her son on her phone, standing in the garden holding a hose, a faint smile playing on his lips. His smile is bigger in another clip, in which he’s seen preparing fatteh – a dish of hummus with meat and pine nuts – for his parents. He’d learned to make it at the Elwyn El Quds special-needs center that he attended in Jerusalem’s Old City, not long before he was killed.