Today we uplift the memory of Mohammed Al-Durrah, who was was martyred twenty years ago on September 30, 2000, two days after the Al-Aqsa Intifada began. Mohammed, who was just 12 years old, was shot and killed by israeli occupation forces in Gaza while his father attempted to shield him in his arms. An ambulance driver who tried to rescue the boy and his father was also martyred, and a second ambulance driver was wounded.
The scene was caught on video by a French cameraman, and the footage of Mohammed’s father Jamal attempting to protect him would go on to be broadcast around the world and become a rallying cry for the Intifada.
Jamal Al-Durrah, who was also badly wounded, said his son died for “the sake of Al-Aqsa Mosque.” His mother Amal added, “My son didn’t die in vain. This was his sacrifice for our homeland, for Palestine.”
As the BBC reported at the time: “For 45 minutes, Mohammed’s father tried in vain to shield him from gunfire as they crouched against a concrete wall near Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. The boy’s father waved desperately to Israeli troops, shouting: “Don’t shoot.”
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