Israeli troops have shot and killed another Palestinian in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, accusing him of attempting a stabbing attack.
A Sunday statement from the Israeli army alleged, “A Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier during a violent riot” in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the south of the occupied territory. “The soldiers at the scene responded to the immediate threat and shot the attacker, resulting in his death.”
Also on Sunday, Israeli authorities released the bodies of 22-year-old Raed Jaradat and Mahmoud Ghanimat, 20, who had been similarly shot dead by Israeli military forces after being accused of staging stabbing attacks in al-Khalil.
Tel Aviv has, meanwhile, said it would release the bodies of the victims of Israeli violence on the condition that “a modest, family funeral” be held for them “at nighttime.”
“In the case there won’t be a commitment, we won’t return (bodies),” Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon has said.
Ignoring the Israeli condition, however, hundreds took part in Jaradat’s funeral in the West Bank village of Sair in al-Khalil later in the day.
Israel’s imposition of sweeping restrictions since August 26 on entries into the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque – the third-holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina – together with Israeli settlers’ frequent stormings of the compound have prompted Palestinian protests, which have been heavily cracked down on by Tel Aviv.
With the exclusion of the Sunday fatality, the Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 72 Palestinians, including 12 children, two infants, and a pregnant woman, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October.
Israel's mounting violence against Palestinians has even drawn rebuke from the regime's former officials. Benny Gantz, the former chief of general staff of the Israeli military, has criticized Tel Aviv’s policies amid the ongoing tensions.
“You can prevent our destruction with force, but an idea can [only] be beaten by an alternative idea, and we should be searching for it,” he said on Friday, adding, “You can’t [solve] everything with force alone.”