Israel has awarded $250.000 to a Palestinian family for the education of a boy who was shot and killed by a settler while he was playing in the occupied West Wall area on Saturday, the Israeli news agency Ynet reported.
The boy, who has been identified as Mohammed Shaiq, was shot in the head by a Palestinian settler who tried to rob him in the Beit El settlement of Salfit on Saturday evening, Ynet quoted the Israeli Ministry of Education as saying.
Salfit is located close to the West Bank city of Nablus, a territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war.
Israel occupied the area in a move never recognised internationally, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has long demanded the withdrawal of settlers from the area.
The ministry said in a statement that the “government’s support will be extended to the parents of Mohammed Shariq, whose children have the same name, and his family, who have the responsibility to ensure that the educational programme will be well attended to by the children of Solfit”.
The boy’s parents had received support from the Israeli state, the ministry added.
Mohammed’s father told Ynet that the boy had always wanted to become a doctor.
“He had never studied a lot of subjects,” the father told the Israeli outlet.
“He was always interested in medicine.
He always wanted a doctor, he never had an opportunity for a doctor’s job.”‘
I want to help the children’Ynet quoted Mohammed’s mother as saying that the family is “fortunate” to have received support for their son.
“The father is in pain,” she said.
“We will have to help our son and his children, to teach them to understand and to work.”
“I am so glad that my son received such support.
I am so happy for the children, that they will be educated.
I want to encourage the children to learn and to learn in peace.”