Israeli civilian shoots female suspect in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Published October 7th, 2015 - 09:54 GMT

An Israeli civilian shot and injured a Palestinian woman in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem after she allegedly tried to stab him, an Israeli police spokesperson told Ma'an.

Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the armed Israeli man shot the woman from close range after she tried to attack him with a knife, referring to the woman as a "terrorist."

Israeli police units are currently at the scene investigating the incident, he added.

According to Israeli Channel 10 news, the incident took place near the Lions Gate in the Old City, and the Israeli man sustained light injuries.

Initial Israeli accounts reported the woman's injuries as fatal, but medical sources told Ma'an the woman was alive and sustained serious injuries.

On Oct. 3, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City for allegedly carrying out stabbing attacks against Israelis.

Mohannad Shafiq Halabi, 19, stabbed and killed two Israelis in the Old City.

Hours later, Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun, 19, was shot dead after reportedly attempting to stab Israelis. Video footage of the incident went viral shortly after, suggesting Alloun's death came after Israelis egged on Israeli police forces to shoot the teen.

'Collective punishment'

In the past month, Israeli authorities have passed a new four-year minimum sentence for stone-throwers, authorized the use of live ammunition against stone-throwers, and increased restrictions on Palestinians in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli police on Sunday instituted a 48-hour ban on Palestinian entry into the Old City in an alleged effort to prevent further escalation in the area.

The ban allows only Israeli Jews, tourists, and Palestinian residents and store owners to enter the Old City. Rosenfeld told Ma'an at the time the exact end time for the restrictions was not known.

Israeli authorities say the restrictions are necessary for the protection of Israelis and to calm tensions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, however critics argue such restrictions amount to collective punishment against Palestinians while privileging Jewish residents of the state.

Following the death of two Israelis on Saturday night, hundreds of Israelis reportedly attempted to march to the Muslim quarter of the Old City calling for "death to Arabs" and "death to terrorists."

While the mob was initially stopped by Israeli police, small groups of Israeli youth were seen running throughout Jerusalem "searching for Arabs," and a large mob later arrived to the Old City prior to Alloun's death.

Palestinians in the Old City closed their shops and many left the area.

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat on Tuesday called on Israel to end its "collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population."

Erekat pointed mainly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "racist oppressive policies across occupied Palestine, and particularly in and around occupied East Jerusalem."

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