Israeli probe reveals Palestinian woman was shot mistakenly

Published October 29th, 2015 - 07:15 GMT

The Israeli government says a Palestinian woman who was shot and injured by Israeli forces in the occupied territories did not intend to carry out any attack against Israelis.

An Israeli ministry said on Wednesday that probes into the shooting of Isra’a Abed revealed that the Palestinian woman did not aim to conduct a stabbing attack against Israelis.

The ministry reportedly used video footage of the incident as evidence for the decision.

In the footage, the Palestinian woman is seen standing close to an Israeli youth before the shooting.

It was said, however, that no action will be taken against the Israeli police officers who shot the young Palestinian woman.

Israeli police forces shot the Palestinian woman in the central bus station of the northern city of Afula on October 9.

‘Legitimizing killings’

Yusif al-Jabareen, a member of the Israeli parliament, said that overlooking the Israeli officers’ fault allows police to shoot Palestinians indiscriminately.

“The decision not to try the police who shot six bullets into Isra’a Abed gives a green light to other policemen to shoot without justification and legitimizes being light on the trigger,” he said.

“Anyone who saw the video sees that there was no danger to the police or the area justifying gunfire. Only by a miracle did the shooting not end in Isra’a’s death. We will press to appeal this tendentious and mistaken decision,” Jabareen added.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied territories between the Israeli government and Palestinians over the past several weeks.

The tensions were triggered by the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 64 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of the month. Some 7,100 others have also sustained injuries.

At least ten Israelis have also been killed and 130 others injured during the same period.

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Killings slammed

In a report on Tuesday, Amnesty International censured the Tel Aviv government over killing Palestinians with intentional lethal force and without justification in the occupied West Bank.

The UK-based human rights organization made reference to at least four incidents in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces. The victims posed no threat at all, and simply lost their lives in what were described as extrajudicial executions, according to Amnesty.

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