Israeli Police shoot Palestinian Teenager in Jerusalem; Leave him to Bleed to Death

JERUSALEM, October 10, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian teenager Saturday was fatally shot by Israeli police after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack against Israeli settlers in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood.

Witnesses at the scene told WAFA that police fired live ammunition at the youth, identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, and left him to bleed to death, after an alleged stabbing attack against Israeli settlers.

Police further fired tear gas canisters toward Palestinians who gathered at the scene, in order to disperse them and prevent them from helping the injured youth. police further assaulted journalists and prevented them from accessing the scene.

To be noted, the killing of Badran brings the total number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli fire since Monday October 9, 2015 to 10 people, in addition to over 200 bullet-related injuries. Meanwhile, the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the beginning of October 2015, reached 17 people, in addition to over 1000 injury cases, said the Palestinian health ministry.

On Thursday, Israeli security guards shot dead a Palestinian young man in central Tel Aviv under the pretext of stabbing a female Israeli office.

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

Israel further resorts to punitively demolish the family homes of any Palestinians – as means of deterrence – accused of being involved in attacks against Israelis, a policy that Israel does not use against Israeli settlers who were involved in fatal attacks against Palestinians.

B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said that, ““The official objective of the house demolition policy is deterrence … yet the deterrent effect of house demolitions has never been proven.”

It said that, “Since this constitutes deliberate harm to innocents, it is clear that even if house demolition had the desired deterrent effect, it would, nevertheless, remain unlawful.”

In the meantime, Amnesty International, argued that, The Israeli authorities’ claim that such demolitions are effective in dissuading potential attackers is entirely irrelevant in the eyes of International humanitarian law, which places clear limits on the actions which an occupying power may take in the name of security, and the absolute prohibition on collective punishment is one of the most important of these rules.

“Collective punishment is never permissible under any circumstances,” it said.