The Shooting of the Jerusalem Terrorist Was No Execution, but Police Should Think Twice

In recent years, it seems that a Palestinian assailant's chances of surviving a Jerusalem attack are nil. It's not only humane, but in the public's best interest to make sure wounded attackers survive

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
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Saturday afternoon’s stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem was filmed from two angles – police cameras from above and the cellphone camera of a Palestinian couple sitting in a nearby car. There’s no doubt about what happened there. The terrorist, Mohammed Shawkat Salameh, from Salfit in the northern West Bank, arrived at the location armed with a knife. He stabbed a young ultra-Orthodox man, who was moderately injured, and who grappled with him. Salameh then turned toward two Border Police officers who were at the scene. He tried to attack one of them, and then turned and tried to attack the other one. Both opened fire and moved away from him. He fell down, wounded.

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