Israeli police kill Palestinian woman 'attacker'

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

A Palestinian woman said to be the mother of a man killed a year ago attempted to stab Israeli police officers with scissors at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday before being shot dead, officials said.

An Israeli border police officer then shot Nimr at point-blank range in the chest and legs, a witness told Ma'an, adding that Israeli police then prevented an Israeli paramedic from approaching the woman, "leaving her to bleed to death" on the street. None of the border officers were hurt in the incident.

The 49-year-old woman was supposedly the mother of a Palestinian killed in September last year.


The Old City of Jerusalem was closed off following the attempted attack.

Ali was later charged with manslaughter, with prosecutors alleging it was his erratic driving that had made the officers shoot.

The report, entitled "Beyond the Knife: How Domestic Problems Can Lead to Terror", details three cases in which Palestinian attackers have admitted to Israeli investigators that it was "difficult backgrounds that pushed them to commit these attempted suicide attacks".


Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces denied paramedics' access to the victim for medical treatment.

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 258 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean, and a Sudanese national, according to a count by AFP news agency.

Israel has been criticized by several human rights bodies and even the United Nations for its systematic extrajudicial killings of alleged attackers, who either had no weapon or if they did, had only knives whose threat could have been neutralized without using deadly force.


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