UN human rights office, Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights group condemn the killing of a Palestinian attacker.
Occupied East Jerusalem – Palestinian officials and human rights groups have condemned the killing of a Palestinian man after carrying out a stabbing attack in occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli police have released surveillance video of the place where the attack took place near Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday.
In the footage, it appears that the Palestinian, identified as 25-year-old Mohammad Salima, stabs an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and then approaches an Israeli police officer before shooting and falling to the ground.
Other footage shot by bystanders appears to be that Israeli police officers continue to shoot Salima from a point while lying on the ground and pose no threat.
Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service said the victim was a 20-year-old man who was taken to hospital in a “moderate to severe condition”.
United Nations Office on Human Rights (OHCHR) said it was “shocked by the apparent extrajudicial execution”.
“Footage shows how Mr. Sleemah attacked a passerby and police officer with a knife before being shot and suppressed. While on the ground and injured, Israeli forces arrested Mr. “Sleemah was shot twice, which apparently killed him,” it said in a statement.
“Extrajudicial killings such as these are the result of the frequent resorting to deadly violence by well-armed and well-protected Israeli security personnel against Palestinians, and the almost total lack of responsibility for killings and injuries of Palestinians by Israeli forces. Will there be liability in this case? The UN Human Rights Office is monitoring the matter further. “
Israel’s Ministry of Justice said two police officers had been brought in for questioning about the murder. According to Israeli media. The ministry’s police investigation unit said police officers were questioned shortly after the incident and released without conditions.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he “fully supports” the officials, statement they “operated as expected of Israeli officers”.
The office of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said the shooting “was a continuation of Israel’s continued aggression against the Palestinian people that should not be tolerated”.
PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned it as a “crime of execution” and called for it to be added to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation file into Israeli war crimes.
Israeli Human Rights Group, B’Tselem, entered a tweet: “Contrary to the disinfected terminology Israeli authorities and media use, the attacker was not ‘neutralized’. He was summarily executed.”
The assassination of Salima has sparked a debate among politicians in Israel’s parliament (Knesset).
Ofer Cassif, a MK with the Joint List, a predominantly Palestinian party, describe the murder as “summare execution” and a “blatant war crime”.
Aida Touma-Sliman, another MK of the joint list, said: “To execute a man who no longer poses a threat is a heinous crime. That is the reality created by the occupation. “
Esawi Freige, a MK from the left-wing Meretz party, said that shooting in such situations should only be done “to save lives, and not to take the lives of attackers who are no longer in danger”. He added the footage of the incident highlighted “an act that shows indifference to human lives”.
Israeli public safety minister Omer Bar-Lev, who is overseeing the police, said officers had “a second or two” after the first shot to determine whether the terrorist who was hit was going to loosen an explosive belt . ” According to Israeli media reported.
The incident drew comparisons with a 2016 murder in which the Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was captured on camera where he shot a wounded 21-year-old Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, while lying on the ground after he stabbed a soldier in Hebron in the occupied West Bank performed.
The soldier later served two-thirds of a 14-month sentence after being convicted of reckless manslaughter.
Palestinian and international law groups have long judge which they see as a policy of shooting to kill and excessive use of force.
Ramallah-based legal group Al-Haq has said that such killings should be understood in the “broader context of Israel’s widespread and systematic resort to lethal and other excessive violence and a shoot-to-kill policy targeting Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line”.
The group said it noted “a trend where the IOF [Israeli occupation forces] .