Israeli cop threatened with murder charge for killing Arab youth

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Female Israeli police officer training in martial arts. Being a cop in Israel is one of the world’s most dangerous occupations.
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BY JIM KOURI

A female Israeli border police officer, who shot and killed an Arab teenager on Wednesday after he held a fake gun to an Israeli soldier’s head, is wanted “for murder,” according to Arab Internet web pages, including those listed on Facebook, on Thursday.

The people posting comments on the pages are demanding that the 20-year-old female cop be tried in the Hague Court in the Netherlands for killing the teenager.

The officer, whose identity had not been revealed by Israel for security reasons, has been seen on different Facebook pages, according to The Times of Israel on Thursday.

The young cop told Israeli news organizations that she was forced to shoot the youth after he held an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldier at gunpoint at a border station near the West Bank city of Hebron.

According to an Israeli police source, the Arab teenager had grabbed the soldier by his neck and pressed against him, and with the other hand he held a pistol to the soldier’s temple. In that situation, the soldier couldn’t break free or react.

The female officer then shot the teenager and she followed standard procedure for dealing with such hostage situations. Following the shooting in which the Arab teenager died on the scene, it was discovered that the gun used by the suspect was fake, the Israeli police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

Although an investigation has been launched to determine what happened, an IDF spokesperson said that by all accounts the female border police officer followed police procedures for such cases.

The Palestinian news agency, Maan, identified the youth as Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah, aged 17. Salaymah’s brother had been released from an Israeli prison during a prisoner exchange last year in 2011, according to Maan.

After Salaymah’s death on Wednesday, altercations between Palestinians and the Israeli army broke out in Hebron without any injuries. Following the funeral on Thursday morning, the fighting resumed, according to the police source.

Israel National Radio on Thursday reported that IDF commanders have witnessed a steady increase of violence in the West Bank since Palestinian National Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas’ successful UN bid.


The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.