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Three Palestinian students injured in shooting in US Vermont in suspected hate crime by Israel Hamas

Three Palestinian students have been injured after being shot by a gunman in Vermont, US, in what is being treated as a hate crime. According to a Reuters report, police said a man with a pistol shot three victims near the University of Vermont, Burlington, as they were leaving for a family dinner. Two of these students are US citizens while the third is a legal resident of the US. According to Reuters, police said that all of them are in their 20s.

Hussam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian mission in Britain, described the incident as a hate crime and shared photographs of the victims along with their names. He also called for protection for Palestinians everywhere.

“Three young Palestinian men, Hisham Awtani, Tahsin Ali and Kenan Abdulhamid, students at Brown and other American universities, were shot last night while on their way to a family dinner in Burlington, United States. Their crime? Wearing Palestinian keffiyehs Happened,” Zomlott said in a post on Twitter.

He added, “They are seriously injured. And six weeks ago, a 6-year-old Palestinian child was stabbed 26 times in a hate crime in Illinois. Hate crimes against Palestinians must stop. Palestinians need protection everywhere.” “

A cousin of one of the victims said the boys were wearing the keffiyeh, a traditional black-and-white checkered scarf of Middle Eastern dress, and were speaking Arabic at the time of the attack.

“My cousin Hisham has been shot in the back with his friends in Burlington just for wearing a kuffiyeh and speaking Arabic,” Basil Awartani wrote on X.

“The dangerous performative rhetoric of American pundits and politicians, along with the continued dehumanization of Palestinians, has a real life cost,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ramallah Friends School released a statement on Facebook and described him as a graduate of a Palestinian high school.

The post said, “We offer our condolences and prayers for the full recovery of them and their families, especially given the severity of the injuries – as Hisham was shot in the back, Tahseen in the chest and Kinnan There have been minor injuries.” It added, “Although we are relieved to learn that they are alive, we remain uncertain about their condition and keep them in the light.”

According to The Guardian, the White House said US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the matter and will continue to monitor it as the investigation continues.

Families of victims issued joint statement, demanding investigation

Meanwhile, the families of the three victims have expressed concern about the safety and well-being of their children in a joint statement.

“As parents, we are devastated by the terrible news that our children were targeted and shot in Burlington, VT. At this time, our primary concern is their full recovery and that they will survive. “We are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our children,” the statement read.

“We call on law enforcement to thoroughly investigate this, including treating it as a hate crime. We will not rest until the attacker is brought to justice. We need to make sure that our children remain safe and that this heinous crime does not happen again. . No family should ever have to endure this pain and suffering. Our children are dedicated students who deserve to be able
Focus on your studies and building your future,” he said.

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