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Israeli forces shoot deaf Palestinian woman in Jerusalem al-Quds

This file photo supplied by an activist group shows an Israeli soldier pointing a gun at a Palestinian woman.

Israeli forces have shot and injured a deaf Palestinian woman in Jerusalem al-Quds over her alleged refusal to heed calls by cops to stop.

Israeli police said that they opened fire at the woman near the residential neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev in Jerusalem al-Quds on Sunday, claiming that the shooting took place after she did not heed calls to stop.

Palestinians said the woman is deaf, that is why she didn't respond.

A video of the incident showed the woman was shot along the light rail tracks.

"A short while ago a suspect approached by foot along the train tracks from the area of Beit Hanina toward Pisgat Ze'ev, and was noticed by civilians and security guards who alerted Border Police soldiers who were nearby," Israel’s police said in a statement on Sunday night.

"The woman," the statement added, "was fully clothed in black attire that also covered her face."

According to the statement, policemen shot the woman after she allegedly ignored police calls, suspecting she was carrying an explosive device.

Police later found that the woman was not carrying any weapons. She was transferred to a hospital with injuries to her legs.

Palestinian paramedics carry away an injured protester during a demonstration along the fence between the Gaza strip and the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, on May 25, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed a new wave of tensions ever since US President Donald announced his decision on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinian protesters near the Gaza fence on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided with the relocation of the US embassy.

More than 2,700 Palestinians were also wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, airstrikes, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators.

Israel to ban photographing or filming soldiers

The Israeli parliament will discuss a law banning the photographing or filming of soldiers in a move condemned by critics as a “dangerous” attempt “to silence criticism of the army”.

Robert Ilatov, a member of the Knesset and the chairman of the right-wing nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, proposed a legislation that would punish those found photographing Israeli forces “with the intention of undermining the spirit” of the army by up to 10 years in jail.

The proposal was put forward in the wake of Israel's massacre of protesters in Gaza on May 13. The bill is reportedly supported by Israel's minister of military affairs Avigdor Liberman.

An editorial in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Sunday denounced the proposed legislation as “dangerous”, saying it aims “to silence criticism of the army, and in particular to prevent human rights organizations from documenting the Israeli army’s actions in the territories”.

“The immediate result of such a prohibition is serious harm to the possibility of protecting human rights and overseeing the army’s activity,” it said.  

“The bill does serious harm to freedom of the press and the public’s right to know,” the editorial added.

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