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21 years since the death of Fares Odeh

Jerusalem24 – Tomorrow coincides with the death of Palestinian child Fares Odeh, who was killed by Israeli military at the Karni checkpoint, East of Gaza on November 8, 2000. and the late President Yasser Arafat nicknamed him “The General.”

Fares, like many other young people and children, joined the protests and demonstrations of the Second Intifada, he was killed with a bullet to the neck and was left to bleed until he died. He was killed just a few weeks after his 15th birthday.

Fares, like other young people and children who wanted to sacrifice themselves for the homeland, rose with the occupation bullet that pierced his neck, and was left to bleed until he was martyred! He was killed just a few weeks after his 15th birthday.

Fares was killed in the second month of the Second Intifada, also called the Al-Aqsa Intifada. The infamous image was taken days before he was killed, as he confronted an Israeli tank with his slender body. The image resonated with the international community and occupied the pages of newspapers and magazines at the time, like a modern retelling of David versus Goliath. Especially after his death. Late Palestinian artist Rim Banna wrote a song entitled “Fares Odeh.”

This photo belongs to photojournalist Imad Eid, although a number of photographers took their lenses while he was standing in front of the occupation tank carrying his stone, but Eid’s photo in particular left a great impact.

Fares was the tenth member of the Odeh family to be slain since the Nakba in 1948. He is the ninth child of his parents.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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