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Israeli police questioning Palestinian attacker’s shooting

Israel’s Justice Ministry said on Sunday that two police officers had been brought in for questioning following the fatal shooting of a man Palestinian who stabbed a Israeli man in the east Jerusalem

Israeli police have released surveillance video, which can be seen Saturday’s attacker stabbing an Orthodox Jewish man and then attempting to stab a Border Police officer before being shot. shot and fell to the ground. Police identified the attacker as a 25-year-old man from Salfit, in the occupied West Bank. Police can then be seen carrying the body on a stretcher.

A widely circulated video shot by a bystander appears to show an officer from Israel’s paramilitary Border Police shooting the attacker as he lies on the ground, and another appearing for the attacker. saw the police pull out their guns to prevent medics from reaching him, prompting them to call for an investigation. use excessive force possible.

The shooting has been compared to a 2016 incident in which an Israeli soldier was caught on camera with an injured Palestinian attacker lying on the ground.

The Justice Department’s police investigation unit said police officers were questioned shortly after the incident and were released without conditions.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett issued a statement in support of the officers. Other leaders also defended their actions.

“It is not clear whether the terrorist may have had a belt of explosives. Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who oversees the police, told Israel Army Radio on Sunday. “They acted correctly.”

The incident happened near the Damascus Gate just outside the city of Jerusalem Old City a tense and crowded area that is often the site of protests and clashes.

The Old City is located east of Jerusalem, which Israel captured in a 1967 war with the West Bank and Gaza. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally and considers the entire city as its capital. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, which includes the West Bank and Gaza.

There have been dozens of attacks in and around the Old City in recent years, most by individual Palestinians with no connection to armed groups.

Palestinians and Israeli rights groups say security forces sometimes use excessive force in response to attacks, killing suspected attackers who may have been arrested or others. who does not pose an immediate threat to security forces.

Human rights groups also say that Israel rarely holds members of its security forces accountable for deadly Palestinian shootings. Investigations often end without charge or leniency, and in many cases witnesses are not summoned for questioning.

Israel says its security forces do their best to avoid harming civilians and that it is investigating allegations of abuse.

In the highly publicized 2016 case, the Israeli soldier Elor Azaria caught on camera of an injured Palestinian attacker lying on the ground. Azaria later served two-thirds of her 14-month sentence after being found guilty of reckless manslaughter.

His case has sharply divided the Israelis. The military has pushed for his prosecution, saying he violated their code of ethics, while many Israelis, especially nationalists, defended his actions.

In a more recent case, a Border Police officer was charged with reckless manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.

The indictment comes just over a year after Eyad Hallaq was shot, whose family criticized the Israeli investigation into the murder and called for much tougher charges. The shooting has been compared to the police killing of George Floyd in the United States.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/jerusalem-palestinian-israeli-old-city-tel-aviv-b1970029.html Israeli police questioning Palestinian attacker’s shooting

JACLYN DIAZ

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