Qari’ of the 30-year-old Israeli occupation… The funeral of a popular resistance icon, “Sheikh Al-Hathlin”
Hebron- From northern Palestine to its south, thousands of Palestinians gathered for the funeral of the icon of the popular resistance in Palestine, the elderly martyr Suleiman Eid al-Hathlin, in his small village, Umm al-Khair, in the south of the West Bank.
Al-Hathlin was martyred, on Monday, from wounds, bleeding and fractures throughout his body, after he was “deliberately” run over – according to his family – by an Israeli police truck on January 5, during the storming of his village.
Doctors at Al-Mizan Hospital in Hebron performed several operations on Sheikh Al-Hathlin, 70, in an attempt to save his life, to no avail.
Al-Hathaleen was known for his permanent participation and presence in popular events in southern Hebron in particular, and throughout the West Bank in general, in refusal of settlement and occupation, and he was famous for fighting Israeli soldiers, raising his stick and the Palestinian flag.
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The funeral procession started with a Palestinian military ceremony from Al-Ahly Hospital in Hebron, to the northern entrance to the city, and then with a massive civilian motorcade of cars to his hometown.
In a rare scene years ago, thousands of Palestinians, including representatives of all forces and factions, participated in the funeral of Al-Hathaleen, as part of a foot march for hundreds of meters along the “Karmiel” settlement, whose presence has long been a pain for the martyr.
From inside the settlement, the occupation soldiers and settlers watched the funeral procession and filmed the scene. While the participants raised the flag of Palestine during the funeral, following the example of the martyr in his life.
The martyr lived in Khirbet “Umm al-Khair”, a small village that includes a group of primitive houses that the occupation demolishes any addition to, and only barbed wire separates it from the settlement.
The “Fatah” movement in the neighboring town of Yatta declared a public mourning, on Tuesday, for the martyr’s soul, and official institutions and shops closed their doors.
The Al-Hathaleen clan, to which the martyr belonged, was forced to emigrate from the Arad region in the Negev during the Nakba.
Suleiman found himself compelled to defend his existence and confront the new Israeli settlement project that threatens the rest of the land, especially the Karmiel settlement.
Mutassim, the son of the martyr Al-Hathaleen, says that his father took the path of peaceful popular resistance in defense of his right, and his motto was “Proving the truth to deny the falsehood, which is occupation and injustice.”
In his speech to Al Jazeera Net, he indicated that the suffering of his clan began with the Nakba in 1948, and then continued after the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, the establishment of a settlement next to his home in 1982, and the repeated demolitions after that of the family’s homes.
According to the son, the presence of his father, Sheikh Al-Hathlin (born in 1952) preceded the occupation, and therefore he continued to reject it until his last days, and mobilized himself to defend the truth.
Commenting on the scene of the wide participation in his father’s funeral, he said that it reflects his place in the hearts, “he was keen to carry the flag of Palestine only in the events in which he was participating, and at his funeral everyone united behind the flag as well.”
The son added, “The pilgrimage (of the pilgrim and his father) had his own style of urging the unity of the national row, and this was achieved at his funeral, and the large number of mourners in it, perhaps because he was not looking for the benefits of this world and his heart attached to the hereafter.”
Mutasim Al-Hathaleen says that his martyred father “performed the trust and left great messages for those who came after him, which are to follow his path.”
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Among the mourners, the coordinator of the civil protection and resilience committees south of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank, Fuad Al-Amour, stood sad, and he is one of the people closest to the martyr, who participated together in the fields of confrontation with the occupation.
Al-Amour told Al-Jazeera Net: “Sheikh Suleiman was a torch, and his funeral was a torch for the whole country, and it lit the way again for the popular resistance.”
The Palestinian activist added that “the martyrdom of Al-Hathaleen was a dose of charge for the resistance fighters and a message to unite the ranks.”
But why does a man of this age insist on fighting an army with his equipment? Al-Amour answers: The martyr experienced the first and second catastrophe (the setback or the 1967 war) and the third represented by the policy of demolishing homes, and during the last 30 years of his life he was preoccupied with fighting the occupation for the love of the land.
Al-Amour believes that there is no alternative equivalent to the martyr, “He will honestly have no alternative in launching popular activities, as he was the boldest and most capable of starting a fight with the occupation soldiers and initiating confrontations.”
And circulating videos appear of the martyr expressing his love for his homeland, Palestine, as it is the destination of the Prophet Muhammad – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – and says that Palestine is precious and asks for a testimony that “irritates the enemy and makes the friend happy.”
The Palestinian communities located in Area C (according to the classification of the Oslo Accords), estimated at 61% of the West Bank, suffer from continuous Israeli persecutions, including preventing changes to them from building and land reclamation, forcing residents to maintain traditional primitive homes that were built a year ago. 1967.
The Oslo Agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel divided the Palestinian territories into 3 areas: “A” and subject to full Palestinian control, but that no longer exists after the invasion of the West Bank in 2002, “B” under Israeli security and Palestinian civil control, and “C” under the control of Complete Israeli.