Five Palestinians attacked the town of Beit El with firebombs on Thursday night, causing damage but no injuries were reported. The IDF responded, killing one terrorist and injuring the other four.
The Palestinians drove up to the entrance to the Jewish town in the Benjamin region north of Jerusalem, and began their attack.
“Three suspects exited a vehicle adjacent to the community of Beit El,” the IDF said in a statement. ” In response to the threat Israeli forces in the area fired towards the suspects, and several hits were confirmed. The suspects then fled the scene.”
Ma’an News, a Palestinian news source, reported that the IDF opened fire while the Palestinians were still in their vehicle, implying the Israeli forces had overreacted and the Palestinians had no ill intent. Ma’an accused the IDF of having a “shoot-to-kill” policy, claiming that “Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death…could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner”.
The IDF did not respond to these allegations, as the original statement included a photo of firebombs on the ground outside of the vehicle. An IDF spokesman did respond with a photo of one of the terrorists that had been posted to social media.
This teen attacked Israelis at a falafel shop w/ firebombs this evening. He was shot by forces & fled the scene. He died from his wounds. pic.twitter.com/KEMKQCtsZ6
— Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) March 23, 2017
Israel has frequently been condemned for using lethal force against terrorists during an attack. In December, Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, demanded her parliament investigate Israeli “extrajudicial executions”.
In related news, B’tselem, a foreign funded anti-Israel NGO, posted a video on its site of an eight-year old Palestinian boy being dragged down a street in Hebron by IDF troops. B’tselem described the event, writing that the boy “was wandering barefoot outside his house in Hebron looking for a toy he had lost, when a group of at least 15 soldiers seized him”. According to the organization, which describes itself as a humanitarian organization, the soldiers demanded the boy identify other children who had thrown stones at Israeli houses.
The IDF released a statement, saying the boy had been caught while throwing a firebomb at a Jewish house.
“Forces who were called to the scene caught a suspect. Due to the fact the suspect was a minor, he was taken to his parents’ home,” the statement read. “It was noted in the initial review that the forces did not ask the minor to direct them to any other suspects.”