Israel closes probe of police who shot Palestinian opponent

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TEL AVIV: Israel, Israel’s Justice Ministry stated Thursday it was closing an examination into 2 policemans who shot dead a Palestinian enemy as he lay on the ground, accepting the officers’ assertion that they acted in self-defense.
A Palestinian assaulter on Saturday stabbed and wounded an ultra-Orthodox Jew outside Jerusalem’s Old City. He then attempted to stab the officers prior to being shot and being up to the ground. Video video showed a paramilitary Border Law enforcement officer shooting the aggressor when he was already pushing the ground.
The shooting prompted calls for an investigation and drew contrasts to a 2016 incident in which an Israeli soldier was captured on electronic camera shooting a wounded Palestinian aggressor who was resting on the ground.
The Justice Ministry stated it made its decision to close the case following the questioning of the 2 officers, who stated they acted in self-defense.
“It was an incident that occurred over mere seconds, in scenarios in which there was a genuine and concrete risk to the lives of the fighters and the civilians in the area,” it stated in a declaration. “It was found to be lawfully warranted to utilize a weapon.”
The event came in the middle of an uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. On Wednesday, an Israeli female was stabbed and lightly wounded in a tense community in east Jerusalem. The suspect, a Palestinian female minor, fled the scene and was later on apprehended inside a nearby school, police stated.
Last month, a Hamas militant opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing one Israeli and wounding four others before being fatally shot by authorities.
Israel recorded east Jerusalem in the 1967 war together with the West Bank and Gaza. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a relocation not recognized worldwide and considers the entire city its capital. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state, to include the West Bank and Gaza.
Palestinians and Israeli rights groups state Israeli security forces often use extreme force in response to attacks, killing thought foes who could have been detained or who presented no immediate hazard to security forces.
Rights groups likewise state Israel hardly ever holds members of its security forces liable for the fatal shootings of Palestinians. Examinations often end with no charges or lenient sentences, and in numerous cases witnesses are not summoned for questioning.
Israel states its security forces make every effort to avoid damaging civilians which it examines supposed abuses.
In the commonly advertised 2016 case, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was caught on video camera shooting an injured Palestinian enemy who was pushing the ground. Azaria later served two-thirds of a 14-month sentence after being convicted of negligent manslaughter.
His case sharply divided Israelis. The military pressed for his prosecution, stating he violated its code of principles, while lots of Israelis, especially on the nationalist right, defended his actions.

Released at Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:05:32 -0600

Iraq security advisor states global coalition ends combat mission; no US verification

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DUBAI: Iraq’s nationwide security consultant Qasim al-Araji said on Thursday the US-led global coalition has ended its fight mission in Iraq and withdrawn from the country, according to the state news agency INA.
Coalition forces will continue only in a training and advancement capability, he added. There was no instant confirmation from the coalition which had deployed in Iraq to battle Islamic State militants.

Published at Thu, 09 Dec 2021 09:22:03 -0600