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par Annie ROBBINS
Israeli forces executed another teenage girl at a checkpoint in Hebron on Sunday [October 25, 2015]. Her name was Dania Ersheid, she was 17 and a student at Al-Rayyan Girls’ High School. A witness at the scene, standing in back of Ersheid in line at the checkpoint adjacent the Ibrahimi Mosque, said the teen raised her arms and stated “I don’t have a knife” before she was shot with “eight to 10 bullets” before she fell to the ground.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld tweeted (1) Ersheid was a “Female Arab terrorist” who attempted to stab a police officer with knife. The police responded, “and neutralized her“ (2).
Youth Against Settlements requested the military release video of the killing because the entire area is under surveillance by CCTV cameras.
CNN reports : Palestinian woman shot dead ; Israelis say she was armed, witness disputes it (3).
"I don’t have a knife"
A Hebron resident, who asked not to be identified, told CNN he was next in line at the checkpoint —some 4 meters away— when the incident occurred.
“There were seven or eight soldiers around her. The soldiers checked her belongings in a school bag. She looked like she was around 14 years old”, he said.
“She went through a metal detector. In the school bag they found nothing and asked her, ‘Where’s the knife ?’ She said, "I don’t have a knife". Then they fired between her legs. She was terrified and moved back half a meter or a meter.
“She raised her arms in the air saying "I don’t have a knife". Then they shot eight to 10 bullets, but I don’t know exactly who was shooting. Then she fell on the ground”.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA (4) also described the woman as a schoolgirl, quoting witnesses as saying Israeli soldiers had prevented medics from reaching her.
"Issa Amer, director of Youth Against Settlements, a Palestinian nonprofit that monitors and documents settler violence and military activity in Hebron, said the group had no information on this specific incident, but “the woman had to go through two metal detectors and revolving doors. This means that her belongings were checked. Also, we call on the military to release video of the incident because there are several CCTV surveillance cameras that record everything in that area”.
The International Solidarity Movement reports (5) :
"While she [Ersheid] lay on the ground bleeding from her neck, no first aid was given, not even the Israeli ambulance that arrived after about twenty minutes gave any medical help. A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was denied entry to the scene and ordered by soldiers to leave.
…..Dania is already the third girl killed by Israeli soldiers in al-Khalil within a month".
The circumstances sound eerily similar to the extrajudicial killing (6) of Hadil al-Hashlamoun (7) in Hebron on September 22. Hashlamoun was left on the ground for 45 minutes, she bled to death.