A Jewish man was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier who claimed to have mistaken him for a Palestinian “terorist,” The Huffington Post reports.
Soldiers have been deployed in Jerusalem amid the reoccurring Palestinian stabbing attacks to help police forces.
When soldiers encountered this particular Jewish man, they demanded he show his ID but he refused. A physical struggle ensued between the man and the soldiers and at one point he allegedly attempted to take one of their weapons when another soldier shot him, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
"The soldiers had high suspicions that he was a terrorist," Rosenfeld said. Israeli media said the man had asked for the soldiers' IDs first, but Rosenfeld could not confirm that detail. He said the incident is currently under investigation.
We can view this situation from many different lenses. On the one hand, we can attribute this man’s death to trigger-happy law enforcement throwing their weight around to deter violent attacks. If that is the case, can we really blame them for being on edge considering all the violence that has recently erupted?
Granted, trained law enforcement and military officials should know better than to act impulsively out of fear, but knowing that just in the last month 10 Israelis and 48 Palestinians have been killed in these attacks makes it a little more believable that officers would be skeptical of anyone who initiates confrontation.
On the other hand, armed forces should be protecting citizens and making them feel safe, not adding to the death toll.
There was one man and evidently more than one soldier. It’s hard to believe that they couldn’t restrain this man without firing shots.
The ongoing violence that started nearly a month ago is fueled by rumors that Israel was plooing to take over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.
The violence was initially confined to traditionally Arab east Jerusalem but spread deep into Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to The Huffington Post.
Attempts to defuse the violence have not been successful as of yet, but there is hope as diplomatic leaders have met to discuss what to do going forward including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who is set to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this weekend.
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