Israel Murders Pregnant Palestinian Woman Posing No Threat
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli viciousness goes virtually unreported in America, little elsewhere in the West, its high crimes ignored.
Long-suffering Palestinians don't matter. They're persecuted for not being Jews, often victims of cold-blooded murder.
On Wednesday, Israeli security forces lethally shot 23-year-old pregnant mother Maram Salif Hassan Abu Ismail and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim.
They threatened no one. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri lied, claiming an attempted stabbing attack was foiled.
Maram and Ibrahim were heading for Jerusalem. They took a path intended for vehicles, not pedestrians. At the Qalandiya checkpoint, they didn't understand what soldiers were shouting at them in Hebrew.
Ibrahim reached for his sister's hand. They froze in fear, posed no threat, yet soldiers lethally shot Maram. When Ibrahim tried helping her, he was shot and killed.
An eyewitness said they posed no threat. Other witnesses said soldiers fired repeatedly at them as they lay helpless on the ground.
Eyewitness Ahmad Taha said "(t)here was no stabbing attempt, and no reason for the army to shoot. The soldiers shot them from a distance, and then fired more rounds to confirm the kills."
They "placed two knives next to the lifeless bodies…shortly after…police published pictures showing three knives."
Planting them at the scene of their crimes is commonplace Israeli practice. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said soldiers denied its medical workers access to both victims, letting them bleed to death unattended.
They weren't carrying knives, nor was Maram wearing an explosive belt as the IDF claimed. Palestinian medical sources said she was five months pregnant.
"Her only fault was walking the wrong route and not understanding Hebrew." The only thing she "carried" was her fetus.
Ibrahim chose the wrong time to accompany his sister. Most alleged Palestinian stabbing attempts are fabricated.
Media reports invariably say no Israelis were injured. How could so many alleged incidents only harm Palestinians, many resulting in their deaths, yet security forces rarely are harmed.
Draw your own conclusion!
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