It is completely baffling how Israeli security forces feel free to use firearms on innocent Palestinians and then make up ridiculous excuses for doing so.
Security forces at the Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank near Jerusalem, shot and wounded a young Palestinian woman, according to local news outlets, because they suspected she was going to stab the Israeli guards.
The woman, who is believed to be in her 20s, allegedly walked towars the checkpost using the vehicle-only lane “all the time clutching her handbag in a way that made them suspicious,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri wrote in a statement.
The young woman was shot after failing to listen to a soldier’s demand to stop and according to the police spokeswoman, the “correct” procedures were followed to “neutralize the threat.”
The woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a hospital for medical treatment by an Israeli ambulance. The police later confirmed the young woman did not have a knife, or any other weapon, in her possession.
Following the incident, the army deployed dozens of soldiers in the area to stop Palestinians from crossing.
This isn’t the first time Israeli security forces have chosen to act with excessive violence to “neutralize” so-called threats.
Last week Elor Azaria was sentenced to manslaughter — not murder — for cold-bloodedly killing an unarmed, wounded Palestinian man lying on the ground.
Last year, a border policeman pushed over a Palestinian man in a wheelchair, pointed his gun in the man’s face and kicked him, just because the Palestinian was trying to help a woman on the ground who was allegedly tried to stab an Israeli policeman.
A 15-year-old Palestinian boy from the Jalazoun refugee camp was shot dead by Israeli soldiers even though he did nothing to provoke them.
And in 2015, a terrified young woman was told was told to put her hands up and when she complied, the soldiers opened fire at her and killed her.
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