Israeli police kill disabled Palestinian in East Jerusalem

Israeli police kill disabled Palestinian in East Jerusalem
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Member of the Israeli security forces patrol in the area where Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem reportedly shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, on May 30, 2020. (AFP)
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Rana, mother of Iyad Halak, 32, holds his photo at their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 31 May 2020

Israeli police kill disabled Palestinian in East Jerusalem

Israeli police kill disabled Palestinian in East Jerusalem
  • The police say he was carrying “a suspicious object that looked like a pistol”
  • Tensions have risen in recent weeks as Israel has pressed ahead with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israeli police in annexed East Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians.
The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions’ Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians.
“Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol,” an Israeli police statement said.
“They called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot. During the chase, officers also opened fire at the suspect, who was neutralized.
“No weapon was found at the scene after the area was searched,” the statement said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party denounced the killing as a “war crime.”
It said it held Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully responsible for the “execution of a young disabled man.”
The Palestinian leadership demanded that whoever killed the man be brought before the International Criminal Court.
The Palestinians’ official news agency Wafa identified the dead man as Iyad Khairi Hallak, a resident of the Wadi Joz neighborhood of East Jerusalem with special needs.

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Israeli police mistakenly thought the disabled man was armed with a pistol.

“Today, Israeli Occupation Forces in East Jerusalem assassinated Iyad Khairi, 32, a disabled Palestinian,” Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, wrote on Twitter.
The killing is a “crime that will be met with impunity unless the world stops treating Israel as a state above the law,” he said.
Erekat added the hashtags #PalestineWillBeFree and #ICantBreath — a reference to African-American man George Floyd whose death while a policeman kneeled on his neck has sparked riots in the US.
Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, said the killing of the young Palestinian man in Jerusalem would “fuel our people’s revolution which will not stop until the occupier leaves all Palestinian territory.”
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said an investigation had been opened into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.