Case Closed Against Police Who Shot Israeli Arab Woman Brandishing Knife in Afula

Yaniv Kubovich
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Shooting of knife-wielding woman in Afula
Yaniv Kubovich

Police investigators have decided to close a case against officers who shot and injured a female Nazareth resident who waved a knife in front of border police officers in Afula's central bus station.

Asra’a Zidan Abed testified that she sought to take advantage of the security situation to appear as a terrorist and cause soldiers to shoot her and cause her a "proud death" as a martyr.

Evidence also showed that after brandishing the knife, police and soldiers surrounded her with loaded guns and aimed her. Multiple testimonies said that several people yelled at her to drop the knife, but she ignored and continued standing with the weapon in her hand.

Finally, as she surprised the closest police and soldiers by waving the knife at them, someone with a gun fired at her that led others to open fire as well, and the suspect fell to the ground, wounded.

Because the shooters' version - that they fired out of fear for their lives - and the dynamics that led to the gunfire, and since the shooting was directed at her lower body, not to kill but to neutralize the danger, there was no basis for suspicion of a criminal offense.

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