Another life cut short in vain.
Executed: Dania Arsheid, 17, from Hebron https://t.co/VFb4m4EeWM Why this is not making headlines?— wissamtarif (@wissamtarif) October 27, 2015
17-year-old Dania Arsheid was a student at Al-Rayyan Girls’ High School. Now she's dead, taken for a terrorist by Israeli forces who gunned her down.
Female Arab terrorist attempted to stab border policeman with knife in the Hebron area. Officer responded at scene & shot the terrorist.— Micky Rosenfeld (@MickyRosenfeld) October 25, 2015
The tweet above is by the Israeli Police spokesperson. However, a witness at the scene, standing behind Arsheid at the checkpoint, disputes the police account.
“There were seven or eight soldiers around her. The soldiers checked her belongings in a school bag. She looked like she was around 14 years old,” the witness said.
“She went through a metal detector. In the school bag they found nothing and asked her, ‘Where’s the knife?’ She said, ‘I don’t have a knife.’ Then they fired between her legs. She was terrified and moved back half a meter or a meter.
“She raised her arms in the air saying ‘I don’t have a knife.’ Then they shot eight to 10 bullets, but I don’t know exactly who was shooting. Then she fell on the ground.”
Arsheid was still wearing her school uniform and carrying her bag. No help was given to her as she lay on the ground bleeding.
A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was denied entry to the scene and ordered by soldiers to leave.
Cases of apparently innocent and unarmed people "mistaken" for terrorists and "neutralized" are unfortunately frequent. This recent incident resonates of the fate of another young girl, Hadeel Hashlamoun, shot dead at an occupied West Bank check post in September 2015.