Israeli soldiers transferred, on Friday evening, the corpse of a Palestinian mother who was killed by the army at the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, on September 18, 2019, back to her family in Jericho, in the West Bank.
The Palestinian woman, identified as Nayfa Mohammad Ka’abna, 50, from Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, was killed by the soldiers on September 18th, 2019, while crossing Qalandia Terminal.
The slain Palestinian woman was a mother of nine children; after she was shot by the soldiers, she was left bleeding for a long time, before an Israeli ambulance moved her to Hadassah Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she succumbed to her wounds.
The soldiers claimed that they ordered the woman to stop and alleged that “she did not heed to their commands, and pulled out a knife before the soldiers shot her.” The allegation was refuted by Palestinians at the roadblock and her family.
Israeli forces prevented medical personnel from the Palestine Red Crescent Society from reaching Ka’abna to provide emergency treatment.
After her death, the Electronic Intifada quoted Saleh Hijazi, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East program, stating that the woman “did not appear to be carrying a firearm and did not pose any immediate threat to the guards or to the lives of people in the vicinity when they opened fire.”
He also said, “this strongly suggests her killing may have been unlawful,” and added that “the complete lack of accountability for Israeli forces who carry [out] human rights violations” is what allows the pattern of unlawful killings to continue.
He pointed to Israel’s “horrific track record of committing serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”