Court Extends Gag Order on Footage of Palestinian Siblings’ Death at West Bank Checkpoint

The two were killed in April by a guard at the checkpoint. Police say the two were trying to commit an attack, but according to witness accounts they posed no immediate danger.

Maram Abu Ismayil, 23, and brother Ibrahim Salah Tahah, 16, shot after attempted stabbing at Qalandia checkpoint in West Bank. April 28, 2016
Reuters, Mohamad Torokman

A court on Wednesday extended the gag order on video footage of the deaths of two Palestinians at the Qalandiyah checkpoint two months ago.

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 knives found on the bodies of the two Palestinians at the Qalandiyah checkpoint in the West Bank, April 27, 2016.
Israel Police

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended the gag order on footage from the checkpoint’s security camera until August 2.