Israel Detains Jerusalemite Teen for Purportedly Stabbing Settler

JERUSALEM, October 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police detained a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem on Thursday, claiming he had stabbed a far-right Jewish settler, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli police claimed the 15-year-old teenager, who was identified yet, stabbed a settler and attempted to flee the scene before he was detained by the police.

Despite repeated claims of stabbing incidents by Palestinians, the Israeli authorities fail to provide evidence that such claims by settlers are accurate.

According to eyewitnesses in Jerusalem, a 18-year-old Jerusalemite girl was shot by an Israeli settler who attempted to physically assault her and remove her head scarf. Shorouq Dweiat fought back and shoved the settler away before he pulled his gun and fired four bullets at her, causing serious injuries.

The settler accused the girl of attempted stabbing, but eyewitnesses confirmed that the girl had no intentions of attacking the settler.

This incident follows two other extrajudicial killings of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun in occupied Hebron and 19-year-old Fadi Aloun in Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities claimed that the soldiers shot al-Hashlamoun in self-defense, after she allegedly attempted to attack them with a knife. However, eyewitness and videos emerging from the scene contradict this account.

Further evidence obtained by Amnesty International indicated that the killing of al-Hashlamoun by Israeli forces in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, on 22 September 2015, was an ‘extrajudicial execution’.

According to another video that circulated social media, Aloun was chased by a group of extremist Jews, who urged the Israeli police to shoot him. Despite having no evidence that Aloun did pose a threat to anyone, the police shot the young Palestinian as settlers demanded.

Israeli police later claimed Aloun had stabbed a Jewish settler.

Amnesty International said dozens more in the West Bank were killed by Israeli soldiers in 2014; “In many cases, it appears that the killings were unlawful, and some may have been either willful killings or extrajudicial executions,” the human rights organization stated.

There has been growing tension across the West Bank and Jerusalem over the past few days, prompted by repeated assaults on al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Jewish fanatics.