A picture of the female border police officer who on Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian youth after he threatened her subordinate with what later turned out to have been a fake handgun in the West Bank city of Hebron is being circulated by pro-Palestinian groups, who are demanding to “bring the killer to trial before international courts.”
In Israel, the identity of the woman is protected by gag order, and pictures of her published in the Hebrew-language media have all been pixelated.
After the event, the officer countered questions about her conduct and said that she had acted correctly and in full compliance with the army’s rules of engagement.
Anyone in her position, she said, “would have done the same.”
The officer, a 20-year-old from Tel Aviv, recounted the events in interviews with Israeli media late Tuesday night, saying that she and two border police soldiers under her command were manning a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs when the young Palestinian approached them.
“Following the standard procedure, the soldier who was with me asked him for an ID,” she said. “The Palestinian handed him his documents and I entered the room to run a background check.”
The IDF position where the Palestinian was shot Wednesday night. (photo credit: Oren Nachshon/Flash90)
While inside, she continued, she looked out and saw that the Palestinian had charged the soldier and drawn what appeared to be a pistol.
“With one hand,” she related, “he grabbed the soldier’s neck and…