Upon the arrival of their bodies in the town of Beit Rima, near Ramallah, in the middle of the West Bank, the mother, Asrar Al-Rimawi, sat to bid farewell to her two sons, Jawad and Zafer, who were killed by the Israeli occupation at dawn.
She was crying, saying, "My children are gone, and I still want to be happy for them (with them).. Not (not) to bury them."
The grieving mother asked, "Do we raise our children for many years so that a soldier comes and decides to kill them in cold blood? Why? Because they hit him with a stone?"
She added that her two sons "preferred to live in dignity and not die in bed."
With a few minutes difference, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced, on Tuesday morning, the death of Jawad Abdul Rahman Al-Rimawi (22 years) after he was shot by the Israeli occupation, and followed him with confirming the death of his brother Zafer (21 years).
The sadness of their martyrdom not only overshadowed their home town, Beit Rima, but this situation pervaded social media pages and their long and crowded funeral procession, especially with the transfer of the two martyrs to bid farewell at Birzeit University, north of Ramallah, where Jawad graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, and Dhafer started his second year as a student in the Faculty of Engineering.
Local sources say that the two brothers, Jawad and Dhafer, joined a number of young men who confronted the occupation forces' raid on the village of Kafr Ein, adjacent to Beit Rima.
During the confrontations, they were liquidated successively. The youngest of them, Zafer, was shot in the chest, then his brother, who approached to try to give him first aid, was shot in the stomach.
Mahmoud Al-Rifai, head of the village council in Kafr Ain, told Al-Jazeera Net, "The occupation army was withdrawing from the village, and the confrontations intensified at that time, but the soldiers refused to leave without bloodshed and killing."
It is reported - according to eyewitnesses to the incident - that the occupation soldiers deliberately killed, while they could have arrested the demonstrators.
"They fired at the young men from inside their military vehicles, aiming directly at the upper parts of their bodies, from a close range," he said.
According to Al-Rifai, as soon as Zafer was injured and fell to the ground, his brother tried to approach him to save him, but the occupation soldiers shot him in the chest.
This is shown by a video clip posted on social media, in which the voices of the two brothers are heard before they lose consciousness, and then other young men cry for help to save them.
"My children are gone"
In the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, Father Abd al-Rahman al-Rimawi was weeping for his two sons, repeating (There is no god but God... Praise and thanks be to You, O God). Dozens of people around him cried when he shouted, "My two children are gone...".
Before noon on Tuesday, the funeral procession of the two martyrs departed from the city of Ramallah to Birzeit University, where thousands of students and their professors participated in a solemn funeral in which Palestinian flags were raised, and the students chanted, calling for "revenge", before transporting the two martyrs to their hometown, "Beit Rima."
The father of the two martyrs, Jawad and Dhafer Al-Rimawi, weeps for them before their funeral in Ramallah Hospital (Reuters)
Educated and struggling family
The two martyrs, Jawad and Zafer, belong to a struggling and educated Palestinian family. The father, a former prisoner in the occupation prisons, works as an employee in the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, and their mother is a well-known English language teacher in her area.
They have two brothers, a sister who studies medicine, and a younger brother named Aws.
Many times, the family home is subjected to storming by the occupation soldiers, while it was hit by Israeli bombing when Beit Rima was invaded in 2001 in search of pursuers. The uncle of the two martyrs, also called Zafer, was one of them.
And after the name of his grandfather, Abd al-Jawad, who was also persecuted by the occupation, the eldest son was named Jawad, while the second bore the name of his uncle, the captive Zafer, one of the leaders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (the military wing of Fatah movement), who has been imprisoned in the occupation prisons for 22 years and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
in all battlefields
Their relatives say that the sons of this family have always been among the best.
Their relative, Diala Al-Rimawi, mentions that the two martyr brothers have almost identical personalities, in terms of daring, courage, eloquence, and strength of character, which made them, especially Jawad, lead the arenas of revolutionary discourse and struggle against the occupation at the university.
Al-Rimawi added to Al-Jazeera Net, "Jawad used to participate in rhetorical festivals and excelled in reciting poetry and revolutionary words, as well as in the arenas of solidarity with the prisoners in their hunger strikes."
Those who know them in the village mention that they did not leave the arena of confrontation with the occupation in the Ramallah area without participating in it.
Like other young men of Beit Rima, they did not wait for the occupation army to storm in order to confront it. Rather, they used to go to the neighboring villages to confront its incursions, as they did at dawn today.
The martyrs Dhafer and Jawad Al-Rimawi (right and left of the picture) with their parents (communication sites)
On the trail of Ibrahim Nabulsi
Their relative, journalist Alaa Al-Rimawi, says that they are "one of the most beautiful young men in the town, and the most cultured, aware, and socially and nationally interactive."
"They did not leave a clash with the occupation unless they were at the forefront," he added.
The two martyrs had a "common footprint" in confronting the occupation, and they told their mother, "We will be on the path of the martyr Ibrahim al-Nabulsi and other martyrs one day, my mother."
Not far from them, the prisoner Omar Al-Rimawi (their cousin) is spending his sixth year of his life sentence in the occupation prisons, after he killed an Israeli soldier with a stabbing operation north of occupied Jerusalem in 2016.
The family of the two martyrs belonged to Beit Rima, which was known for its steadfastness in the face of the occupiers since the time of the British Mandate, and from it came the perpetrators of the killing of the Israeli Minister of Tourism, Rehavam Ze’e, in 2001, and this town presented 10 martyrs during the first intifada, and 4 martyrs since 2016, shortly after the Jerusalem gift.
While the number of prisoners from the town reached 120, including the famous prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti, the owner of the largest life sentence in the history of the Israeli occupation 67 times.