Israeli Court Extends Gag Order on Footage of Palestinian Siblings’ Death for the Third Time

Maram Ismail, 23, and her brother Ibrahim Taha, 16, were both carrying knives when they were shot dead by a civilian guard at the Qalandiyah checkpoint.

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Qalandiyah checkpoint, April 27, 2016.
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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday extended the gag order on video footage of the deaths of two Palestinians at the Qalandiyah checkpoint three months ago. This is the third time the gag order has been extended by the court.

Maram Ismail, 23, and her brother Ibrahim Taha, 16, were both carrying knives when they were shot dead by a civilian guard. Both the guard and the police say Maram approached the checkpoint with a drawn knife, planning to commit an attack. Taha, who was behind her, hadn’t drawn his knife, but was carrying one. Police had begun arrest proceedings, shooting in the air, when the guard opened fire, killing both.

Palestinian witnesses said both were far enough away to pose no immediate danger to the Israelis. The prosecution is now deciding whether to indict the guard.

The gag order is set to expire on August 31.