Israeli police forces deploy in the Old City in annexed east Jerusalem after a reported shooting incident on April 1 2023. AFP
Israeli police claim that Osaibi, a 26-year-old medical school graduate who had just passed his exam in Israel, attempted to snatch a weapon from a border guard before being killed.
However, witnesses had a different account, saying that police shot Osaibi at close range after intervening on behalf of a Palestinian woman who was assaulted by police and forced to leave the mosque.
Hours after the incident, the muddy stone alleyway leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque was still stained with blood.The village council called for a thorough investigation of his killing and a general strike Saturday in protest.
Ayman Odeh, an Israeli parliament member and Talab Al-Saneh, a former member, denied the police's allegations and demanded that Israeli police release security camera footage to verify the claim Osaibi tried to seize a weapon.
Odeh argued that the killing of Osaibi was an execution and that the only way to address the ongoing violence is to end the occupation.
“He was killed in cold blood after finishing his prayers,” said prominent Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi. “As with previous crimes committed by the police, we are accustomed to many false narratives.”
The police closed all entrances to the mosque and the Old City following the incident, attacking vendors and shopkeepers in the area before reopening the gates.
The attack occurred hours after thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the second Friday of Ramadan for prayers.
Over 2,000 police officers were deployed throughout the city in anticipation of the prayers.
Since the beginning of this year, Israeli occupation forces have killed 92 Palestinians, almost all of them from the West Bank and East Jerusalem.