Following Israeli neutralization of terrorist stabber, PA Prime Minister says the self-defensive killing was "cold-blooded murder"
Headline: “Shtayyeh: The international community must act and take serious steps against Israel”
“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said: ‘The escalation being carried out by the Israeli government is a disaster, from the uprooting in Masafer Yatta (refers to demolition of illegal Arab structures in closed military zone -Ed.) to the assassination of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh (sic., there is no evidence Israel killed Abu Akleh, and ample reason to believe indiscriminate fire by Palestinian terrorists killed her). Today (yesterday, Wednesday) Israel cold-bloodedly murdered an additional journalist, Ghufran Warasneh (i.e., terrorist, attempted to stab Israeli soldiers), as the Israeli occupation army is adopting a shoot-to-kill policy, and this is what we are seeing every day.’
He said this yesterday during his speech at the North Day ceremony of the northern European states (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway) [parentheses in source] in Ramallah, in the presence of a number of ministers, ambassadors, consuls, officials, and dignitaries.
The prime minister added: ‘The international community must act and move from statements of condemnation to serious steps against Israel. They must impose sanctions on Israel, as many international institutions and organizations have said in their reports that Israel is an apartheid state, both in legislature and in practice, and this must end.’”
Shireen Abu Akleh - 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist for Al-Jazeera who was shot and killed while covering a gunbattle initiated by Palestinian terrorists who attacked Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin on May 11, 2022. The PA immediately accused Israel of shooting Abu Akleh without providing evidence. Israel rejected the accusation, noting Palestinian terrorists were filmed shooting indiscriminately and saying they had hit an Israeli soldier even though no soldiers were wounded, possibly indicating they had shot Abu Akleh. The PA rejected Israel's request to conduct a joint investigation of the incident, and its request to let it examine the bullet that killed Abu Akleh to determine whether it was fired by Israeli forces. The bullet is of a type used by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists. In a press conference following Abu Akleh's autopsy on the day of her death, Head of An-Najah National University’s Forensic Medicine Department Dr. Rayyan Al-Ali said it could not yet be determined which side shot her.
Ghufran Warasneh – 31-year-old female Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers near the Al-Aroub refugee camp in Gush Etzion on June 1, 2022. The soldiers shot and killed Warasneh in self-defense. Warasneh was previously arrested in January 2022 and imprisoned for three months after attempting to commit a stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Warasneh worked at several local Palestinian media outlets as a journalist.