Israeli daily, Maariv, reported that an Israeli policeman shot and killed, on Wednesday at night, a 33-year-old Palestinian man in Tel Aviv. The off-duty policeman claimed that the Palestinian was attempting to steal a car, and that he threatened him with a knife after officer tried to arrest him.The paper said that an initial investigation revealed that the policeman noticed “suspicious activities” near his home, and saw two persons trying to steal a car parked nearby.
The Policeman claimed that he tried to apprehend the two persons, but one of them pulled a knife and tried to attack him, “an issue that forced him to open fire at him”, according to the report.
The Palestinian is from Tulkarem city, in the northern part of the West Bank; Israel says he was staying in Tel Aviv without a permit, and that he has a criminal record.
Maariv said that the policeman contacted his attorney for consultation, and will be submitting his deposition today, Thursday.
It is worth mentioning that an Israeli court recently convicted an Israeli police officer who shot and killed “a car thief” in Tel Aviv.