On His Way Home From the Gym, Israeli Troops Fired 31 Bullets at Him

Soldiers pump Sudki Adwani's car with bullets, seriously wounding the innocent driver. They leave him wounded and half-naked in the rain, only later calling for an Palestinian ambulance. The final blow: the revocation of his father's Israeli work permit

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Firas Adwani and his son Sudki, at home this week. A group of soldiers dragged a wounded Sudki to the traffic circle and photographed him, but didn’t offer medical care.
Firas Adwani and his son Sudki, at home this week. A group of soldiers dragged a wounded Sudki to the traffic circle and photographed him, but didn’t offer medical care.

It was late evening when Sudki set out from the Platinum Gym in the West Bank city of Jenin for his home in the nearby village of Deir Ghazaleh. He works out every day but Tuesday and Friday. When his father phoned him, at exactly 10:45 P.M., Sudki told him that he was on his way, that he would just make a quick stop for a bit at a falafel stand at the entrance to the village of Jalameh. Three minutes later, he no longer replied when his father called again; two minutes after that, his cellphone wasn’t working. In the next half hour, overcome with a sense of foreboding, Sudki’s father would call around 40 more times. He didn’t yet know that a hail of bullets had just been fired at his son by Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were waiting in ambush for local residents involved in shooting incidents at a nearby checkpoint.

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