It's getting harder and harder to unfurl the details surrounding the last few weeks in Israel and Palestine. Now fifteen seconds of amateur footage appearing to show a "shoot first, ask later," approach by Israeli soldiers is the latest flashpoint in the war online.
Twelve days of violence in areas across the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and Tel Aviv has seen the deaths of 26 Palestinians and four Israelis. At least 1,990 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been injured since the beginning of this month.
That's what we know so far. But a stream of conflicting narratives follows almost every new headline on social media. Such is now the case with a clip shot on Oct. 9 in the northern city of Afula.
The grainy footage shows a Palestinian woman in a bus stop surrounded by Israeli police personnel. Shot from two different vantage points, it shows security forces swarming the woman before one officer shoots her point blank. Initial reports purported the woman was unarmed, suspected of having a knife intended to stab a female IDF officer.
Several media organizations picked up the amateur video as an example of the excessive force seen from Israeli security officers. A rebuttle from Times of Israel followed Tuesday, purporting media organizations only used one part of the video—leaving out several seconds showing the woman waving a knife in the beginning and one showing her alive after being shot at the end.
Still a few things stand out: full clip does show the woman waving her arms, but doesn't clearly show whether she's holding something, and before she gets shot, she raises both hands up to surrender. Plus, even if she was armed, social media users point out police are trained to knock light weapons from assailants’ hands, before shooting.
Regardless of the narratives, one thing does seem pretty clear—this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Israeli forces shoot fast, and it probably won’t be the last.
Here's the scene from two different angles below.
Second angle: Israeli polices executes a Palestinian woman in occupied Afula while she posed no threat. pic.twitter.com/laWTtslcnX— Belal Dabour - Gaza (@Belalmd12) October 9, 2015
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