Israeli Police Shoot Palestinian in Jerusalem for Purported Stabbing Attempt

EAST JERUSALEM, May 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police Monday shot a Palestinian man after he purportedly attempted to stab Israeli passers-by at a light rail station near Jerusalem’s French Hill, reported Israeli media.

Based on the Israeli version of the incident, a 35-year-old resident of Shu‘fat refugee camp, whose identity was not revealed, sustained light to moderate wounds after being shot in the legs and was later taken for medical treatment at Hadassah hospital.

Israeli police said that nobody else was injured in the purported stabbing attempt.

Israeli media reported police as saying that an Israeli ‘security guard’ was attacked from behind by the Palestinian, but had not known whether he had been punched or hit with a weapon.

Other Israeli ‘security guards’ were quoted as saying that the man tried to pull something out of his pocket, which they suspected was a knife, at which point they shot at his legs.

However, despite searching the area and opening an investigation into the incident, police has not found any knife at the scene.

This came ten days after Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager at the Z‘ayyim military checkpoint to the east of East Jerusalem.

‘Ali Abu Ghannam, 17, was shot dead by forces stationed at the checkpoint for allegedly ‘wielding a large knife’ and attempting to stab a soldiers, but witnesses reported that it happened following a scuffle.

Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers stationed on the checkpoint stopped Abu Ghannam, who was crossing the checkpoint with his sister on foot, and insulted his sister verbally, provoking a scuffle.

Abu Ghannam engaged in a scuffle with the soldiers after they uttered vulgar words to his sister before he was shot dead.