On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers killed a Jewish Israeli woman near a military roadblock south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, when they thought she was a Palestinian woman trying to attack them.
In a statement, the Israeli army said the soldiers ‘neutralized’ a woman who tried to shoot them.
The army later announced that the woman was Israeli and wanted to commit suicide by approaching the soldiers and shouting “Allahu Akbar” while pointing an airsoft gun at them.
The soldiers shot the woman and realized she was Israeli and that she wanted to commit suicide by making the soldiers believe she was a Palestinian attacking them.
Israeli sources said the woman also suffered from a mental disorder and added that she was dressed in all black when approaching the soldiers.
The sources added that the woman was also a former Israeli soldier and previously discussed doing this when addressing a friend.
The Jerusalem Post said the former soldier even asked her friend, apparently via text message, whether she would go to prison if she did this and survived the incident, for how long, and what charges she would face, and added, “She wants a Jewish burial.”
The friend she was talking to said she responded to these questions by saying, “Wow, this is a hard question,” and asked, “Is this someone you?” The Jerusalem Post said the woman answered “Maybe” with a shrug emoji, adding, “We will never know.”
The Jerusalem Post also said the friend consulted with another friend who reported it to the police about an hour before the incident occurred, but the soldiers at the roadblock were unaware of the issue.