There was a little discussion why Hadeel did not understand Hebrew. Actually, there is no evidence that she did not:
He said a soldier had asked Ms. Hashlamoun to open her bag for inspection. “When she was opening at her bag, he began shouting: ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! Don’t move! Don’t move!’ ” the activist said. “She was trying to show him what was inside her bag, but the soldier shot her once, and then shot her again.”
The activist said three or four other soldiers had raced to the scene and also fired.
Another witness, Fawaz Abu Aisheh, 34, who appeared in the photographs taken by the activist, said Ms. Hashlamoun did not respond as soldiers screamed at her in Hebrew to step back. A soldier shot at her feet twice, but she did not move, he said.
“She was like a nail, like she was in shock,” he said. “I was shouting, ‘She doesn’t understand Hebrew!’ ”
Mr. Abu Aisheh said he had opened a small gate inside the checkpoint so that she could back away from the soldiers. She did so, creating more distance between her and the soldiers. END QUOTE
You do not need to be a sheltered shy girl with comprehension difficulties to be utterly confused when men with huge guns surround you and start shouting contradictory commands, “Open the bag! Don’t move”. Actually, sensibly enough, she stopped moving. Abu Aisheh to defuse situation said that “She does not understand Hebrew”, which is more tactful then “quiet down and decide what you want her to do”. On the photographs, the eyes of a soldiers are almost popping out of his head, as if he was thinking “O my G.d! I will not get out of here alive, she is about to explode!”
Actually, typically for IDF, it was extremely weird checkpoint. On a checkpoint they should be prepared to check things. There should be a large well visible table, a person to pat (a female person for patting females), etc. Each of us knows the airport procedure. In the photo, we see a strangely placed tiny table, a chair, and a bucket, they did not bring her to the checking area — there was none? After commanding Hadeel to open her case, the soldier probably realized that he made a blunder, and then his panic could not be stopped.
It reminds me an incident when IDF shot dead a settler rabbi. For some reason, just before dawn they decided to suddenly make a checkpoint on a road. And they set it in such a way that they were hardly visible in the pre-morning twilight so slowly driving rabbi passed through. Then to stop him they did not use remotely controlled spiked tape or something like that but shot through his car. The next driver nearly hit the soldiers, as they were not visible, but luckily for him (a Palestinian), at this point soldiers were to baffled to shoot. Making and manning checkpoints is the most basic activity of IDF, and yet they are totally ill-equipped and ill-trained to do it. The top command dreams of grand battles with Iran.