Army Kills Girl after Alleged Stabbing at Tulkarem Checkpoint, Death Toll Hits 108

TULKAREM, December 1, 2015 (WAFA) – Following the Israeli army’s killing of a teenage boy, early Tuesday, after an alleged stabbing attempt to the south of Bethlehem, soldiers shot dead another Palestinian at Einab Israeli military checkpoint to the east of Tulkarem, under the same allegations.

WAFA reported on witnesses as saying that a 19-year-old female identified as Maram Hasoneh was fatally shot in the head with a live bullet fired by Israeli army after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint near the illegal Einav settlement near Tulkarem.

Israeli forces reportedly prevented the Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics’ access to the scene of the shooting. They further closed the checkpoint from both directions, preventing Palestinian locals’ movement.

This came shortly after Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian following an alleged stabbing attempt at Gush Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem.

The killing of Hasoneh brings the death toll since the beginning of unrest in early October, 2015, to 108 Palestinians, including 24 children and four women, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The number of Palestinians injured during the aforementioned period has reached  at least 13,500.

On the 25th of November, the Israeli human rights center, B’Tselem, sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “demanding a cessation of the use of lethal force against people who either harmed, tried to harm, or were suspected of trying to harm others, once they no longer posed any danger. The letter demanded an end to the horrific string of summary street executions.”

In the letter, B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, wrote, “During your term of office, a new pseudo-normative reality has effectively emerged, in which a “shoot to kill” approach must always be adopted, no matter the circumstances, even when the suspect no longer poses any danger whatsoever.”

“The wave of attacks against Israelis is appalling. Security forces must protect the public. They must use the force necessary under the circumstances to achieve this goal. However, police officers and soldiers must not act as judges and executioners. The person who actually pulls the trigger bears responsibility for his or her actions, but the prevailing “spirit” is determined by the commander. As prime minister, you bear ultimate responsibility,” said the letter.

The letter stressed that, [Netanyahu’s] government permits – and encourages – the transformation of police officers, and even of armed civilians, into judges and executioners.”

“It is impossible to bring back to life those who have already been shot and killed, but it is not too late to stop the moral bankruptcy that is embodied in the current reality.”

“You bear an obligation to clarify immediately that no one has the authority to carry out an execution, and that the function of the security forces is to protect the public’s wellbeing – no less, but also no more – and that police officers are not to be transformed into executioners on the street,” concluded the letter.