This video posted by the news agency PalMedia shows a young Palestinian woman left to bleed on a sidewalk in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after she was shot by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday morning.
By evening, Palestinian media reported that the woman, 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun, had died of her injuries.
Instead of being given immediate medical treatment, the video shows her being pulled roughly out of the frame of the camera, her scarf coming off as her head drags on the ground.
Israeli settlers and soldiers can be seen standing around, and in some cases smiling and laughing in the background.
Wattan TV reported that the young woman was left to bleed for more than 30 minutes.
In a separate incident, a Palestinian man was also killed overnight by Israeli forces near Hebron.
Local sources told Ma’an News Agency that Diyaa Abdulhalim Talahmah, 21, was killed by the army during a raid in the village of Khursa.
Israel has claimed he tried to throw a Molotov cocktail at its soldiers.
These shootings come just days after Israel loosened even further its already lax permission to its forces to use live ammunition against Palestinians.
Wattan TV named the young woman in the video as 18-year-old Hadil Hashlamoun.
The Israeli army claimed that she was shot after she tried to stab a soldier, the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reported. But photos and eyewitnesses contradict this account.
The spokesperson said the woman approached the checkpoint in order to carry out the attack and Israeli forces responded with gunfire.
The army said that the young woman was treated on site by Israeli medics and then taken to hospital.
Her father, Saleh Hashlamoun, told Wattan TV earlier on Tuesday that his daughter had been hit in the abdomen several times and was in serious but stable condition at Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.
By evening she had died.
The photos show a person dressed in a long black dress and headcovering, carrying a briefcase. In none of the images is she holding any sort of weapon.
Several Israeli personnel are pointing weapons at her.
Youth Against Settlements suggests the photo sequence shows that Hashlamoun tried to leave the checkpoint before she was shot.
Other photos show the person lying on the ground with at least one bullet wound, the same briefcase visible near her.
Additional photos show the scene of the shooting, including blood on the ground and bullet holes in a metal door, after the victim was removed.
One eyewitness, a European activist, told The New York Times that Hashlamoun had simply opened her purse to allow it to be inspected, at the request of a soldier.
“When she was opening at her bag, he began shouting: ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! Don’t move! Don’t move!’” the activist said. “She was trying to show him what was inside her bag, but the soldier shot her once, and then shot her again.” Several more soldiers raced over and also fired at her.
A second witness, 34-year-old Fawaz Abu Aisheh, told the Times that Hashlamoun appeared “frozen” and in shock. Abu Aisheh said he had opened a gate inside the checkpoint so that Hashlamoun could back away from the soldiers. She tried to do so.
“Even if she had a knife, she would have to leap over a barrier about a meter high to reach a soldier,” Abu Aisheh added. “There were six or seven soldiers with heavy weapons. There was no need for that assassination.”
The Times said it had seen photos corroborating these accounts. Abu Aisheh appears in some of the images.
Abu Aisheh has also given a detailed account to Ma’an News Agency refuting the Israeli claims.
Similar claims have habitually turned out to be false when independent evidence has been available.
In July, a video revealed that 17-year-old Muhammad Ali al-Kasbeh was shot dead by Israeli colonel Yisrael Shomer as he ran away, near Ramallah.
This falsified the army’s version that the Israeli had been in imminent danger when he fired.
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem warned that the high-level backing Shomer received would only reinforce an “unlawful message” to occupation soldiers that they are “allowed and even encouraged to shoot to kill a Palestinian stonethrower, even if he’s running away and does not constitute a danger.”
In December 2012, Israeli Border Police officer Nofar Mizrahi claimed she shot dead 17-year-old Muhammad al-Salaymeh at a checkpoint in Hebron as the teen held a pistol to another soldier’s temple.
A video proved Mizrahi’s account to be a lie.
In May 2014, video caught Israeli soldiers shooting dead two teens in the West Bank village of Beitunia at long distance and in cold blood.
Police later arrested several Israeli Jews in the abduction and burning to death of the youth, which occurred at a time of intense anti-Palestinian incitement in Jerusalem.
The systematic impunity Israel affords its occupation personnel and settlers means that Israeli claims are almost never seriously investigated and Palestinians have no recourse for protection or justice.
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