Tell President Obama to Investigate the Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan!
Posted on August 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
Six months ago today Israeli forces killed Mahmoud Shaalan while he was preparing to cross a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
Mahmoud was a 16-year-old Arab American student born and raised in Florida. While attending school in his family’s ancestral village in Palestine, Mahmoud was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near the Beit El settlement in the occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers stripped his body, left him bleeding on the road for more than two hours, and prevented an ambulance from taking him to a hospital.
The circumstances surrounding Mahmoud’s death remain unclear, but conditions suggest he was unlawfully killed by Israeli forces using unjustified and intentionally lethal force. To date, the U.S. government has not condemned the killing of one of its citizens, nor has it demanded a transparent and fair investigation into Mahmoud’s tragic death.
Mahmoud’s family deserves to know what happened to their beloved son, as does every family who loses a child.
Mahmoud is an American and it is time for his government to demand an investigation into his death.