Palestinian Shot After Stabbing Israeli Cop Wasn't Treated as Medics Thought He Died

Medical records obtained by Haaretz show 16-year-old lay in large pool of blood for half an hour after he tried stabbing an Israeli police officer, paramedics only detected 'spontaneous breathing' while in ambulance

Nir Hasson
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Paramedics at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, August 2019.
Paramedics at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, August 2019.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
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Israeli paramedics failed to treat a 16-year-old Palestinian who was shot by the police after he stabbed an Israeli police officer because they thought he was already dead, according to medical records obtained by Haaretz.

According to the indictment against him, he and a friend, 14-year-old Nassim Abu Rumi, arrived at the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem with the intention of committing an attack.  

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Armed with knives, the pair attacked a policeman. They were both shot, and Abu Rumi died immediately. The police officer was lightly wounded, and a Waqf custodian was mistakenly hit by gunfire.

The teen "lay in a big puddle of blood for half an hour, believed to have been died of his wounds. While transferring him to an ambulance, spontaneous breathing was detected," records of the August incident said.

After realizing he was still alive, paramedics gave him medical treatment and took him to the hospital. He is currently in a Prison Service hospital, and has been charged with attempted murder.

The B'Tselem human rights organization criticized the paramedics' conduct, saying  that "the fact that none of the people present at the scene bothered to check if the teen was alive and needed medical care shows more than anything a medical team that is contemptuous of life and its job when it comes to the lives of Palestinians."

The Magen David Adom emergency service said in reply that "Israel's national emergency medical service provides medical assistance to any patient who is injured. The MDA team acted properly, in accordance with the instructions of security forces and the mandatory procedures for a hostile environment. The doctors and paramedics gave the injured medical treatment, took him to the hospital and saved his life."