Two deaths one hour, thirteen minutes, and thirty-nine seconds apart

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

In his final moments, Muhammad Abu Daher, 16, clutches the right hand of a man desperately shouting for help. Muhammad would die in that position, exactly one hour, thirteen minutes, and thirty-nine seconds after Nadeem Siam Nuwara, 17, was gunned down by Israeli soldiers the very same way.

One down. It’s about 1:30 now. This will teach them a lesson they won’t forget.

Nakba Day demonstrations are normally sore experiences. Commemorating decades of mass displacement, land theft, and military occupation is mentally excruciating. But the physical toll was put on display during this year’s protests in the West Bank village of Beitunia when three teens took bullets to the torso one after the other. Three attacks, all isolated, systematic. Two dead, families torn. One in stable condition. Luck was on his side today. The hole in his left lung will heal.

It’s almost 3:00 in the afternoon. They haven’t forgotten but let us remind…

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