הלוחמים שניטרלו את המחבל לאחר חקירתם
Border Police troops who eliminated the attacker
Photo: Police spokesperson
Border Police forces at the scene of the attack

Israeli police questioned on Palestinian terrorist's shooting

Justice Ministry’s investigations' unit says Border Police officers who shot dead the Palestinian assailant who wounded a Haredi man in Jerusalem were questioned shortly after the incident; Public security minister says officers 'acted correctly'

Associated Press |
Published: 12.05.21, 11:55
Israel’s Justice Ministry said Sunday that two police officers were brought in for questioning following the shooting death of a Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli man in east Jerusalem.
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  • Israeli police released a surveillance video in which the attacker can be seen Saturday stabbing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and then trying to stab a Border Police officer before being shot and falling to the ground. Police identified the attacker as a 25-year-old from Salfit, in the West Bank. Police could later be seen carrying the body away on a stretcher.
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    כוחות מג"ב בזירת הפיגוע
    כוחות מג"ב בזירת הפיגוע
    Border Police forces at the scene of the attack
    (Photo: EPA)
    A widely circulated video shot by a bystander appeared to show an officer from Israel’s paramilitary Border Police shooting the attacker when he was already lying on the ground, and another appeared to show police with guns drawn preventing medics from reaching him, prompting calls for an investigation into possible excessive use of force.
    The shooting drew comparisons to a 2016 incident in which an Israeli soldier was caught on camera shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker who was lying on the ground.
    The Justice Ministry’s police investigations unit said the police officers were questioned shortly after the incident and released without conditions. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett released a statement in support of the officers. Other leaders also defended their actions.
    The stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem
    (Video: Police spokesperson)
    “It’s not clear if the terrorist maybe has an explosive belt. All sorts of things could happen,” Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who oversees the police, told Israeli Army Radio Sunday. “They acted correctly.”
    The incident happened near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem’s Old City, a tense and crowded area that is often the scene of demonstrations and clashes.
    There have been dozens of attacks in recent years in and around the Old City, nearly all carried out by individual Palestinians with no known links to armed groups.
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    Border Police forces at the scene of the attack
    (Photo: ‏‎Alex Kolomoisky‎‏)
    Palestinians and Israeli rights groups say security forces sometimes use excessive force in response to attacks, killing suspected assailants who could have been arrested or who posed no immediate threat to security forces.
    Israel says its security forces make every effort to avoid harming civilians and that it investigates alleged abuses. In the widely publicized 2016 case, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was caught on camera shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker who was lying on the ground. Azaria later served two-thirds of a 14-month sentence after being convicted of reckless manslaughter.
    His case sharply divided Israelis. The military pushed for his prosecution, saying he violated its code of ethics, while many Israelis, particularly on the nationalist right, defended his actions.
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    Border Police troops who eliminated the attacker
    (Photo: Police spokesperson)
    In a more recent case, a Border Police officer was charged with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.
    The indictment came just over a year after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq, whose family has criticized Israel’s investigation into the killing and called for much tougher charges. The shooting has drawn comparisons to the police killing of George Floyd in the United States.
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