Stabbings and rockets galvanize Israeli security

crime | Oct 10, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Israel security forces neutralized a female Arab terrorist on October 9 in the Israeli town of Afula. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. when a woman identified as Asraa Zidan Tawfik Abed from Nazareth entered the city’s central bus station. Moving from one of the boarding platforms, Abed approached an Israel soldier who was standing close by. She pulled a knife and menaced him.
 
Despite several warnings from two Border Police officers, Abed continued advancing toward the soldier. They then fired at Abed, striking her lower body. According to reports, she was at first only moderately wounded.
 
In the video, Abed is seen just before she was subdued by the officers. Security personnel are seen ordering her to drop her weapon. When she did not obey their commands, the officers then shot her. 
 
According to Israeli security sources, Abed did not have a criminal record.
 
A Border Police officer said that when he arrived at the bus station, he heard screams of “terrorist” and “knife.” He sprung into action, along with a soldier and a civilian security guard. When they saw that Abed continued to advance and refuse their orders, they fired at her until she was incapacitated.
 
An Israeli Arab member of Israel’s parliament, Yousef Jabareen of the Joint List Party, condemned the reaction by Israeli security forces. Jabareen said the security forces’ actions “aroused great anger” among Israeli Arabs. “It was obvious the girl posed no immediate danger that justified shooting her,” he claimed.
 
Israel has been rocked by nearly a month of disturbances, riots, and knife attacks that have drawn comparisons to the so-called intifadas that eventually led to the building of the security wall that Israel built along its border with the Palestinian-held territory. Border Guard reservists have been called to duty as a precaution. On October 10, three police officers were injured in a stabbing attack. Last week, an Israeli Jewish married couple was murdered by Arab terrorists in the presence of their children. Also, a rocket was fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 10. However, it was deterred by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile technology.
 
And over the past 10 days, at least 20 Arabs have been killed in confrontations with Israeli security forces. Two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 have been shot dead on October 10, while two knife attacks on the same day left five Israeli Jews wounded as violence escalates across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Two separate knife attacks occured in Jerusalem near the Damascus Gate, one of the main entries into Jerusalem’s Old City. Nineteen-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Saed Ali, from Shuafat refugee camp, in east Jerusalem , was shot dead after Israeli police alleged that he stabbed two police officers. One of the policemen, a 20-year-old member of the Israeli special forces unit, was accidentally shot by other Israeli officers when they were firing at Ali. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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