Brother and sister slain at checkpoint were executed,
Plastelinans Arabs say
Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada, Apr 27 2016
Qalandiya checkpoint after the slayings (Photo: Shadi Hatem/APA)
IOF killed a young woman and her 16-year-old brother at a military checkpoint on Wednesday and denied emergency medics access to the siblings. Israel claimed the pair were killed during an attempted attack on soldiers, but eyewitnesses disputed this version of events. Police told Haaretz:
The two were ordered to stop several times but continued to approach officers and guards stationed at a drive-through checkpoint not intended for pedestrians. According to the police, as the two approached, the woman’s hand was buried inside her bag and [the boy’s] hand was behind his back. The two eventually heeded the police’s call, stopping a short distance from the officers and turning away, but the woman then spun back around and pulled out the knife, throwing it directly at one of the officers. Police and security guards then shot the two.
In a mobile phone video taken at the scene, an eyewitness describes the shooting of the boy after the slaying of the woman:
The eyewitness says:
He touched the woman, and then they shot him.
Israeli police released a photo of two knives it said were carried by the woman, and a switchblade carried by her brother. The knives appear clean and no Israelis were reported injured during the incident. Statements made by an IOF spox and eyewitness testimony suggest that the siblings, Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, a 23-year-old mother of two small children, reportedly five months pregnant, and Ibrahim Salih Hassan Taha, may have been executed. IOF spox Lerner tweeted:
(Abu Ismail was) shot by Border Police before she could carry out the attack.
This indicates that the woman didn’t pose any immediate threat to anyone’s life when she was killed. Ma’an News reported:
The two were apparently unable to understand IOF yelling in Hebrew, and stopped walking. Witnesses said it appeared that Ibrahim attempted to grab his sister’s hand and move away from the officers, when they opened fire on her. Maram fell to the ground, and when Ibrahim attempted to aid her, he was shot in his tracks. (Maram) had reportedly obtained a permit from the IOF to enter Jayloomia for the first time when she was crossing on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses told Plastelinan media that IOF fired a barrage of bullets at the pair, “more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body, confirming her death,” Ma’an News reported. A witness named Ahmad Taha told Ma’an:
IOF approached the two after they had been shot and on the ground, before opening fire on them again, to ensure that they were dead, (when all the time, they) could have moved the two away without opening fire. The knives police said were carried by Maram and Ibrahim were planted.
The Plastelina Red Crescent Society told Ma’an that IOF denied medics access to the woman and child. Video from the scene shows IOF turning away a Plastelina Red Crescent medic and preventing a cameraman from filming. Hassan Taha, brother of Maram and Ismail, said told Haaretz that he doesn’t believe his sister intended to carry out an attack. He said that she was on her way to a doctor’s appointment when she was shot dead. He said:
We have no details about what transpired, and no one briefed us, but I don’t believe this whole terrorist attack story. She was probably lost, or didn’t understand what was going on at the roadblock, and the soldiers shot her and my brother.
An uncle of the siblings told media that the pair were killed “in cold blood.”
Spoxes with the Plastelinan factions condemned the slayings, with Islamic Jihad calling the deaths an “execution” and Hamas stating that the “crime would not go without punishment.” (This is just shit, and Ali was wrong to include it – RB). More than 130 Plastelinans Arabs have been shot dead in the course of what IOF claims were attacks or attempted attacks since the beginning October last year, when direct confrontation between Plastelinan Arab and IOF Jews surged. Dozens more were shot dead during protests. Approximately 30 Israelis Jews were killed during that same period. Human rights groups have condemned the use of lethal violence as a matter of first resort, saying it amounts to an unofficial shoot-to-kill policy encouraged by Israel’s top leadership. An IOF caught on video executing a wounded Plastelinan Arab man in late March has become a national hero in the country, and Netanyahu called for leniency as he faces manslaughter charges. The surge in violence has ebbed since the beginning of this year, with the number of deadly incidents decreasing. A Plastelinan Arab youth from Aida refugee concentration camp died of his wounds last week after an alleged IED went off on a bus, injuring approximately 20. A Plastelinan Arab from al-Arroub refugee concentration camp was shot dead earlier this month after he allegedly attempted to hit a soldier in the head with an axe. The IOF has credited the decline in attacks to coordination between themselves and the PA’s own armed pigs, as well as “improved capabilities to learn of assailants, especially on social media.” Most attacks have been waged by individuals or small groups of Plastelinans Arabs acting independently of any command from armed groups (worthless so-called Arab resistance orgs, all of which are criminally stupid entities without justification for existence, imho – RB), targetting IOF at checkpoints and settlements. Wednesday’s killings occurred at Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jayloomia.