Israel imposes collective punishment on Palestinians after Israeli police commander stabbed to death

Israel imposes collective punishment on Palestinians after Israeli police commander stabbed to death

An attack took place on Friday (June 16)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Israel has imposed a collective punishment on Palestinians after an Israeli Border Police commander was stabbed to death.

The incident happened outside the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (June 16) and three Palestinian assailants were also shot dead, according to The Electronic Intifada.

All three Palestinians were said to have been from the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal and witnesses said their bodies stayed on the ground for hours.

During the shooting, one police officer and two other Palestinians were wounded, one mildly and the other severely, police said.

Witnesses claimed Israeli officers used their guns haphazardly in the shooting, the Ma’an News Agency reported.

The Palestinians had been using a home-made Carl Gustav submachine gun in their attack but it was jammed by the Israeli force, local media said.

After the attack Israeli forces are said to have used tear gas and assaulted and detained several Palestinians around the city.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, then announced that permits which had been given to Palestinians so that they could visit relatives in Israel during Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday would be revoked.

An Israeli military official said this decision is also an attempt to hurt Fatah - a political faction that dominates the Palestinian Authority - as the group claimed the Palestinian assailants were innocent, although the attack is believed to be an attempt to incite terrorism.

Despite this Palestinians from the West Bank will still have special permission allowing children under the age of 12, men over the age of 40 and women of all ages to go into Jerusalem without permits on Fridays during Ramadan.

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