Army Fatally Shoots Teen Girl in Hebron, Saturday’s Death Toll Reaches 3

HEBRON, October 17, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian teen girl Saturday was fatally shot by Israeli forces,  after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the city of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, raising the number of Palestinians killed on Saturday alone  to three people.

Local sources informed WAFA that an Israeli female soldier opened gunfire at Bayyan al-Asili, 16, after she allegedly carried out a stabbing attack against a female soldier at an Israeli military checkpoint to the east of the city of Hebron, killing her instantly.

Earlier Saturday, two Palestinians were also shot and killed; Fadel al-Qawasmi , 18, was shot and killed in Hebron, while Muta’az Owaisat, 16, was shot and killed in Jerusalem. Israeli media outlets claimed both shootings happened after the aforementioned Palestinians allegedly carried out stabbing attacks against Israelis.

To be noted, Israeli police and army forces often resort to fatally shooting Palestinians – who are involved in alleged attacks against Israelis – while making no effort to apprehend them.

According to the Israeli daily Haartez, “Since the latest wave of violence began there has been a sharp rise in the number of statements inciting to violence against Arabs, and in the number of Facebook pages expressing extremist right-wing positions receiving ‘likes,’ according to experts on monitoring Internet discourse.”

Meanwhile, Ayed Abu Qtaish, accountability director of Defense for Children International – Palestine told al-Jazeera that, ‘If you follow the rhetoric of Israeli leaders, if you listen to their statements, it is clear that soldiers and settlers have been given the green light to shoot Palestinian children.”

A report published by the Israeli human rights organization of Yesh Din in May 2015, stated that Israeli settlers enjoy widespread impunity for their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

“The IDF and police are neither prepared nor willing to provide the necessary protection to Palestinians attacked by violent settlers.”

“The State’s ongoing failure to instate criminal accountability of violent settlers inadvertently empowers them and supports the continuation of their strategic brand of violence,” said the report.

Most cases of violent crimes against Palestinians not only go unpunished – but often are completely ignored by the authorities. This is a blatant violation of the human rights of Palestinian civilians living in the West Bank and of Israel’s duties under International Humanitarian Law, said the report.

Even when criminal investigations against soldiers accused of such offences are opened, they almost always fail.