ISRAELI POLICE DETAIN PALESTINIAN WOMAN IN HEBRON FOR ALLEGED KNIFE POSSESSION
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement Sunday afternoon that Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian woman at a military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
According to al-Samri, the woman approached Israeli police deployed at the checkpoint while she was brandishing knife. Israeli forces pulled out their weapons and detained the woman immediately, al-Samri said, adding that forces did not open fire or “use force,” while detaining the woman.
The suspect is from Hebron and was transferred to Israeli intelligence for interrogation, according to al-Samri.
Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives in recent months following a spate of alleged and actual small-scale knife attacks by Palestinians that surged in Fall 2015. Between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016, at least 117 Palestinians were killed while committing or attempting to commit alleged or actual attacks.
While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases.
Mistreatment of Palestinians has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after a US-born settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.
The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control in a sector known as H2.