Jerusalem – Israeli Channel 2 TV reported that an Arab citizen of Israel who was shot by Israeli forces after she brandished a knife at a bus station in northern Israel this month did not intend to carry out an attack.
The channel, citing Israel’s Justice Ministry, reported the woman was mentally unstable and suicidal and carried the knife with her into the bus station so that she could be shot and killed by Israeli forces. Israel’s Justice Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The incident was caught on video, which showed the woman waving the knife and then surrounded by security forces who shot and wounded her. Palestinians have cited the incident in their claims that Israel has used excessive force during the current wave of violence.
The Palestinian attacks have put Israelis on edge and with public panic rising, there have been a number of violent cases of mistaken identity.
When an Arab citizen of Israel opened fire at a bus station in southern Israel recently, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding several people, a private security guard shot an Eritrean migrant he thought was an attacker. As the Eritrean lay on the ground, a mob of people cursed him, kicked him and hit him with objects. He later died of his wounds. Last week, an Israeli Jew was killed after soldiers thought he was a Palestinian attacker and earlier this month an Israeli man stabbed a Jew after mistaking his dark-skinned victim for an Arab.