Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, was shot dead at a demonstration over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital late last week.
An Irish delegation which visited Gaza in 2012, that included a number of people from Waterford, had brought money which was raised to buy Ibrahim a wheelchair.
Sinn Fein councillor Pat Fitzgerald was one of those who travelled to visit Palestine and met Ibrahim while he was there.
“He continued to be active and he continued to support his family,” he said, “and he still has 11 dependent family members that he’s left behind. He had a great outlook on life. He used to wheel himself down to the sea and go for a swim every day.”
He says that conditions in Palestine are extreme and have to be seen to be understood.
“This is why they (Palestinian people) demonstrate, they’re not extreme. They’re ordinary people who’ve been pushed into a corner.”