Jerusalem24– Activist and member of the Youth Committee for Follow-Up of Acre Detainees Hassan Naddaf was threatened with murder by the Israeli forces on 10 May in his hometown of Acre.
Nadaf told Jerusalem24 that a force of Al-Yasam in civilian clothes stormed his neighborhood in Acre as he was sitting with a group of friends. The undercover officers requested the names of all those present.
He added that he recognized that the members were of the Yasam Force through their vehicle, noting that after asking his name, one of the officers told him that he would kill him with a shot in the head.
Nadaf told us, “The Israeli force member told me that I must die and that I do not deserve to live, and he will kill me soon because I support terrorism. He told me that they could kill me by claiming that a stray bullet hit me.”
Nadaf said that the cases of many activists who were assassinated were never investigated, noting that those activists had not been involved in any previous security incidents. He said their lives “went in vain”.
Nadaf told us he has previously been threatened with arrest while organizing demonstrations and marches in the city of Acre. However, this is the first time he was threatened with murder.
Nadaf published a statement on his Facebook and Instagram accounts in which he wrote, “For a while, I have been receiving threat calls from the intelligence [services]. A few days ago, a force from the occupation police came to our neighborhood while I was sitting with friends in the neighborhood. The force threatened me as they told me in front of everyone ‘We will shoot you in the head if you participate in activities’, ‘Your ID will be withdrawn’, and ‘We know how to deal with you’.”
The Israeli occupation follows a policy of threatening activists with killing and expulsion – especially Jerusalemites. Awad Salaymeh, a Palestinian rights activist from occupied Jerusalem, was threatened with expulsion from his home city by the Israeli occupation authorities last March as he advocated for residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood currently threatened with expulsion.