In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday Hamdallah called Israeli police attempts at blaming Mustafa’s death on his brother-in-law “outrageous”.
“Israel’s systematic killing of innocent Palestinians is outrageous. Its most recent attempt to twist the facts and blame someone else for his killing is downright despicable” Hamdallah said.
Israeli forces shot Mustafa dead and injured his brother-in-law, Ali Tayser Nimir, when the two came under live fire while driving near clashes that erupted between local youth and Israeli soldiers during a military raid in Shufat refugee camp. The two were returning home after picking up food for their family.
Israeli authorities claimed at the time of the incident that the driver of the vehicle attempted to run over Israeli police and border guard officers before they fired at the car, a claim which family members and eye witnesses rejected.
Just one day after Israeli intelligence summoned the parents of Mustafa Nimir to the Nabl Yaqoub police station in Beit Hanina to inform them that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake,” an Israeli police spokesperson Wednesday announced that Ali Tayser Nimir, who was shot during the incident, is suspected by Israeli police of being responsible for Mustafa’s death