‘The system is defending police shooters instead of putting them on trial’

Palestinians clash with Israeli police during a protest at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Old City, June 17, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

 

Less than a week after Israeli Border Police shot dead a Palestinian who had stabbed an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, the State Attorney’s Office decided last Thursday to close an internal investigation into the conduct of the officers. Footage of the incident showed Muhammad Salima, 25, carrying out the stabbing attack before being shot once by the nearby police officers. While Salima lay on the ground wounded and incapacitated, an officer circled around and fired two additional shots directly at him, killing Salima instantly. The Justice Ministry said that the investigation was shelved because “there was a real and tangible danger to the lives of the soldiers and civilians,” and as a result, “there was a legal justification for the use of [lethal] weapons.”

Source: ‘The system is defending police shooters instead of putting them on trial’

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