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Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, a woman and a minor, Wednesday morning at Qalandia checkpoint in Jerusalem after the female threw a knife at border officials, according to a preliminary Israeli police investigation.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the deceased as Mariam Salah Abu Ismail, 23, from the village of Beit Surik outside of Ramallah, and Ibrahim Taha Waylough, 16. Their relation is unknown. 

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said the pair were shot with deadly force after walking through driving lanes of the checkpoint. The incident began when they were approached by Israeli authorities who instructed the two Palestinians to leave the car path and present their hands, which were not visible at the time.

The Palestinians then set off away from the checkpoint as if to leave the area, when Abu Ismail pivoted back towards the soldiers and threw a knife at them. Samri said the Israeli forces then opened fire, killing the two. 

Samri added a second and identical blade was found inside of Abu Ismail’s purse.

ID card of Mariam Salah Abu Ismail, 23, killed by Israeli border police after she reportedly threw a knife at an officer. (Photo: Facebook)

ID card of Mariam Salah Abu Ismail, 23, killed by Israeli border police after she reportedly threw a knife at an officer. (Photo: Facebook)

A spokesperson for Palestinian Red Crescent Society told Mondoweiss two ambulances were dispatched to transport the Palestinians, one on the Jerusalem side of the checkpoint and one on the West Bank side. However, Israeli forces closed the checkpoint and surrounding vicinity of the shooting.

“Were not able to access their condition,” said spokesperson Erab al-Fuqaha whose medical teams were not told at the time that the two Palestinians were already killed.  

Witnesses told local media Israeli police then fired several rounds into the two Palestinians. The incident continued with clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces who fired tear gas and stun grenades.

Many Palestinian bystanders shared images on social media of the killed pair’s bodies laying on the ground in the car lane of the checkpoint, and later being loaded into an Israeli ambulance under a white drape.

Qalandia is largest checkpoint and the main thoroughfare between the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is often congested and hosts roadways for vehicle crossings, and two additional footpaths for pedestrians. Palestinians who hold West Bank identity cards are forbidden to cross outside of the walkways. Only foreign nationals, Israeli citizens and Palestinians with Jerusalem identification cards can access Jerusalem through the car lanes.

Since the beginning of last October when violence escalated in the region, Palestinians have killed at least 30 Israelis in attacks, and Israelis have killed more than 190 Palestinians.

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  1. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    April 27, 2016, 11:59 am

    Just another murder in the two bit racist state that can’t take one bit of criticism. Is there one noncowardly person in the idf? I doubt it.

    Soldiers my ass. Just a motley group of thugs and terrorists in the idf.

  2. eljay
    eljay
    April 27, 2016, 12:10 pm

    I guess it makes the Israeli Occupation and Execution Forces goons look tougher – more “Captain Israel”-like, if you will – if they execute women while they’re still standing rather than after they’ve been felled and left to bleed out.

  3. just
    just
    April 27, 2016, 12:50 pm

    I’ve read a couple of sources that report that they were brother and sister:

    “BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother after they allegedly attempted to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, police and witnesses said. …”

    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771309

    RIP

  4. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    April 27, 2016, 2:09 pm

    Another execution as if a knife thrown from a distance against a armed and armored soldier is a threat worth of shooting. Interesting Israeli media said the brother had a knife and switchblade but the pictures are of a knife and multi tool so apparently multi tools can get you shot too.

    • just
      just
      April 27, 2016, 3:54 pm

      Noticed that, too Blownaway.

      “Brother and sister slain at checkpoint were executed, Palestinians say …

      … Indications of execution

      Statements made by an Israeli spokesperson 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.

      Israeli army spokesperson Peter Lerner tweeted that Abu Ismail was “shot by Border Police before she could carry out the attack,” indicating that the woman didn’t pose any immediate threat to anyone’s life when she was killed. …

      … Witnesses told the Ma’an News Agency that “the two were apparently unable to understand Israeli officers 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,” Ma’an added.

      “[Maram] had reportedly obtained a permit from the Israeli authorities to enter Jerusalem for the first time when she was crossing on Wednesday,” the agency stated.

      Eyewitnesses told Palestinian media that Israeli forces fired a barrage of bullets at the pair – “more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body, confirming her death,” the Ma’an News Agency reported.

      A witness named Ahmad Taha told Ma’an that “Israeli officers approached the two after they had been shot and on the ground before opening fire on them again ‘to ensure that they were dead,’ adding that the officers ‘could have moved the two away without opening fire.’”

      The man alleged that the knives police said were carried by Maram and Ibrahim were planted.

      Medical care denied

      The Palestine Red Crescent Society told Ma’an that Israeli forces denied medics access to the woman and child.

      Video from the scene shows Israeli forces turning away a Palestine Red Crescent medic and preventing a cameraman from filming.

      A brother of Maram and Ismail told Haaretz that he doesn’t believe his sister intended to carry out an attack, saying that she was on her way to a doctor’s appointment when she was shot dead.

      “We have no details about what transpired and no one briefed us, but I don’t believe this whole terrorist attack story,” Hassan Taha said.

      “She was probably lost, or didn’t understand what was going on at the roadblock, and the soldiers shot her and my brother,” he added.

      An uncle of the siblings told media that the pair were killed “in cold blood.”…”

      More from Maureen Clare Murphy @ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/brother-and-sister-slain-checkpoint-were-executed-palestinians-say

  5. Helena Cobban
    Helena Cobban
    April 27, 2016, 6:44 pm

    I strongly challenge your decision to claim in the headline that the Palestinian woman *did* throw a knife. You present (and I have seen) no independent corroboration of that claim made by the Israeli police spox.

    • just
      just
      April 27, 2016, 6:57 pm

      Thanks for that.

    • annie
      annie
      April 27, 2016, 8:06 pm

      i find the police explanation unfathomable.

      • gamal
        gamal
        April 27, 2016, 8:32 pm

        I have been reading these stories for so many years, “attacked troops with an axe…knife…when shot….bled to death at scene” etc

        the only new thing is the promiscuity and scope of the Israeli slaughter.

        moving around the West Bank and Jerusalem must be a nightmare for Palestinians, no category excluded.

    • Salam
      Salam
      April 29, 2016, 7:41 am

      Planting knives has become a norm practiced by Israel following the murder and execution of Palestinians. Where is the evidence? The checkpoints have cameras embedded everywhere – where are the videos?

  6. just
    just
    April 27, 2016, 9:16 pm

    Not really O/T~ Levy nails it… again:

    “America’s 83 Ignoramuses Are Enabling Destruction by Israel …

    The 83 U.S. senators who urged the president to increase military assistance to Israel are 83 ignoramuses and their letter is a disgrace. Israel of all countries? Military assistance of all needs?

    Increasing military aid won’t add one iota of security to Israel, which is armed to the teeth. It will harm Israel. Those 83 out of 100 senators base their extraordinary demand on “Israel’s dramatically rising defense challenges.”

    What are they talking about? What “rising challenges”? The rise in the use of kitchen knives as a deal-breaking weapon in the Middle East? The challenge for one of the world’s strongest armies to survive against young girls brandishing scissors? Hamas’ tunnels in the sand? Hezbollah, which is bleeding in Syria? Iran, which has taken a new path?

    It’s time they expanded their narrow view and reduced the enormous aid they shower on Israel’s arms industry – one of the world’s largest weapons exporters – and its army.

    The United States is allowed, of course, to waste its money as it sees fit. But one may ask, senators, if it makes sense to invest more fantastic sums to arm a military power when tens of millions of Americans still have no health insurance and your senate is tightening its purse strings despite the challenges of climate change.

    A world power is arming a regional power as part of a corrupt, rotten deal. Your money, senators, is largely being spent on maintaining a brutal, illegal occupation that your country claims to oppose – but finances.

    The weapons you provide are for a brazen state that dares defy America more than any of its allies does. It ignores America’s advice and even humiliates its president. It gets twice the aid you give Egypt, an ally that needs the money much more. It’s three times more than you give Afghanistan, which is devastated in part because of you.

    It’s almost four times more than you give Jordan, which is in a precarious state due to refugees and the Islamic State. To Vietnam, which you destroyed, you gave $121 million, and to Laos, which you ruined, $15 million. Impoverished Liberia received $156 million and awakening, liberated South Africa $490 million.

    But for Israel, even $3 billion a year isn’t enough. It gets more than any other country in the world yet insists on $4 billion, not a cent less, including an unconditional commitment for a decade.

    If you’ve already decided to pour such huge sums on Israel, why on its army of all things? Have you seen what its hospitals look like? And if you’re financing weapons, why not condition it on the only democracy in the region’s appropriate behavior?

    What do you have over there in the world’s most important legislature? An automatic signing machine for letters supporting Israel? An ATM for the Jewish lobby’s every whim? Only 17 of 100 senators were courageous enough, or bothered to think for a moment, before they signed another scandalous venture by AIPAC and the Israeli Embassy.

    More money to arm Israel will end in blood. It must end in blood. There are old weapons that must be used and new weapons that must be tried (and then sold to Azerbaijan and Ivory Coast).

    This destructive, murderous force will fall again on devastated houses in Gaza, and America will finance it all once again. The money will also corrupt Israel. If this is the prize for its refusal to make peace and its flouting of international law, why shouldn’t it behave this way? Uncle Sam will pay.

    The senators who signed the letter didn’t act for either their country’s good or Israel’s. It’s doubtful whether they know what they signed. It’s doubtful whether they know …

    Maybe among them are people of conscience or people familiar with their country’s national interests. But the blood money will serve neither those interests nor morality.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.716703?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    P.S. Bernie Sanders was not one of the “83 ignoramuses”

    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/25/more_than_80_of_senators_call_for_boosting_exorbitant_u_s_aid_to_israel_bernie_sanders_one_of_17_who_didnt/

  7. MaxNarr
    MaxNarr
    April 28, 2016, 12:02 am

    Don’t throw knives, don’t attack soldiers, don’t murder pregnant women, don’t throw rocks onto cars on the highway. And you will LIVE. Live to see another day, live to feel the sun on your back. Don’t attempt to murder Jews and life will be good! Abandon terrorism and LIVE !

  8. chocopie
    chocopie
    April 28, 2016, 12:13 am

    Who is writing these headlines? This story of a pregnant woman with 2 little kids at home, throwing a knife at IDF, is not believable. Throwing a knife??? It reminds me of the absurdist scene featuring a Palestinian female ninja from Elia Suleiman’s film, Divine Intervention, a scene which obviously mocks Israeli paranoid fantasies about the threat of Palestinian attacks. Now the absurdity is off the screen and onto the street, as IDF claims with a straight face that they are under attack by knife-throwing pregnant Palestinian housewives.

  9. Marnie
    Marnie
    April 28, 2016, 1:03 am

    “…as IDF claims with a straight face that they are under attack by knife-throwing pregnant Palestinian housewives.”

    It would’ve been real helpful to have Mark Regev explain this and all of the extrajudicial executions since October 2015. Maybe she was a knife thrower in the circus? I searched “Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail – knife thrower” and got nothing.

    Why don’t these soldiers use simple phrases in arabic? How much of an idiot do you have to be to continue screaming yiddish to people who don’t know what the hell you’re saying? STOP – “TA-WA-QAF” (would someone please correct me if I’m wrong?) I feel that Maram should have known better than to approach any police/IOF, as they’re scared gutless of Palestinian men, women, teens, children, infants and fetuses, but that makes the story even more confounding to me. She already had 2 children, was pregnant and had her 16-year-old brother with her. Why would she put them all in danger? No one by this time should think it would be anything less than suicide to approach heavily armed IOF/police while Palestinian. I don’t blame her at all for the murder of herself, her unborn child or her brother. None of this makes sense. Especially “The Palestinians then set off away from the checkpoint as if to leave the area, when Abu Ismail pivoted back towards the soldiers and threw a knife at them. Samri said the Israeli forces then opened fire, killing the two.” I can’t believe this is the official “explanation”. Ooh, she threw a knife at us! And you were naked with nothing but a bottle of milk in one hand and a pacifier in another? Since the murderer of Abed Fatah al-Sharif got off (even with video documentation of his murder), they murderers of Maram, her baby and her brother figured they can do whatever they want, I mean, what’s going to happen?

  10. Talkback
    Talkback
    April 28, 2016, 8:09 am

    This year on the Jewish state’s menu:

    Accuse one Nonjew of an attack, kill two for free.

    • El Cazador
      El Cazador
      April 29, 2016, 9:23 pm

      Not for free! They spent some 15 bullets if not more, according to witnesses. On second thought, the bullets are free, as the US will pay for them to the tune of $4,000,000,000 US, per year for the next four years as promised by oblahblah to keep nutàyahoo quiet… a bit.

    • MaxNarr
      MaxNarr
      May 4, 2016, 6:53 pm

      Disgusting and antisemitic comment. I’m really shocked the moderators have not removed this. Or do you really think that’s what’s on the Jewish state’s menu? Another blood libel on this website. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

      • annie
        annie
        May 4, 2016, 7:08 pm

        the word menu is not always a reference to food. ie: options on the TV. the policies and actions of the state are gross, maybe you should concern yourself more w/that rather than the way their options are discussed.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 4, 2016, 7:37 pm

        || MaxNarr: … You should be ashamed of yourselves. ||

        You should be ashamed of yourself for:
        – being a hateful and immoral hypocrite (IOW, a Zio-supremacist); and
        – intentionally undermining the protections of international laws and human rights that all people – including your fellow Jews – are entitled to and should be able to count on.

        Why do you Zio-supremacists hate Jews so much?!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 4, 2016, 9:16 pm

        ” Another blood libel on this website.”

        “MaxNarr”, we got ’em dead to rights! Since almost everything Israel does involves shedding blood, every accusation against Israel must be a blood libel!

        Fight it out on those lines, “MaxNarr” and you will never lose.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        May 5, 2016, 4:48 am

        MaxNarr: “Disgusting and antisemitic comment.”

        Not at all. I was talking about the disgusting crimes that disgusting Jews can get away with in a disgusting Jewish state and not what Jews as such do anywhere in the world.

        “Or do you really think that’s what’s on the Jewish state’s menu?”

        Until the state’s inspection takes it off or an international institution shuts the whole disgusting place.

        “Another blood libel on this website.”

        Nope. Another equation of the crimes of the Jewish state towards Nonjews and Jews as such by MaxNarr. That’s the real blood libel Zionists hide behind when they take Jews as human shields.

  11. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 28, 2016, 10:23 am

    Be careful out there – especially if you are a UK Semitic citizen. The current leading , world shattering disaster threatening phenomenon facing the nation (and by default the world) is alleged “anti – semitism” in the country`s Labour Party. Basically it is a rather pathetic clumsy and transparent hasbara campaign to try to undermine/deflect the growing impact of the BDS movement. This news is trumping ( excuse the expression ) all other items which are seen as trivial and and incidental compared with the horrors facing the Jewish population in the UK (circa 250,000 out of a total population of around 65 million ) – these trivial by comparison news items include eg the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster , and the upcoming EU referendum. The “truly shocking revelations” about ” anti – semitism “in the Labour Party ( disguised of course as anti – Zionism) news item has been on the boil for the last 3- 4 weeks . I suspect the Zionist cabal in the UK which includes the main Jewish JSIL first institutions and “Friends of JSIL ” in both the leading political parties have received instructions from the Yahoo and team to direct their their ” employees ” in the UK media to crank up the anti – JSIL/anti-semitic conflation game as a prelude to some sort of hoped for anti BDS legislation.

    The number one rule of this conflation game is that if anyone has the temerity to criticise JSIL or criticise Zionism they are to be bombarded with accusations of anti – semitism. Happily the problem as ever, which Zionists in their arrogance are completely blind to , is that the more you accuse individuals or institutions of “anti – semitism” the more people who previously weren`t aware become exposed to the debate and the more they will become aware and appalled by JSIL`s ongoing war crimes such as the brutal murders as described in the article.. Most importantly they will question why some of their elected representatives are effectively supporting the perpetrators of these war crimes and they will see BDS as the only effective means of combating JSIL fascism.

    BOYCOTT UGLY APARTHEID JSIL/ISRAEL
    SUPPORT BDS
    TELL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ABOUT BDS

    • just
      just
      April 28, 2016, 2:55 pm

      To your point, Ossinev:

      “Labour Suspends Former London Mayor After He Said Hitler Supported Zionism
      Ken Livingstone said Hitler supported Zionism ‘before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.’ At least ten Labour lawmakers demanded Livingstone’s removal from party, including MP John Mann, who called him a ‘Nazi apologist.’

      … Former London mayor and veteran Labour politician Ken Livingstone is the latest Labour politician to be suspended for controversial remarks on Zionism, one day after lawmaker Naz Shah’s suspension for her anti-Israel comments.

      Labour MPs called on Thursday to suspend Livingstone from the party after he rushed to his colleague’s defense and allegedly calling Hitler a Zionist, the BBC reported. …”

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.716835

      It’s freaking crazy and so much more…

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