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Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settler

Dec. 16, 2014 1:08 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2014 11:30 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman suspected of stabbing a settler on Dec. 1 was defending herself after being harassed by the man, a Palestinian official claimed Tuesday.

Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler.

Director of Bethlehem's military liaison department told Ma'an that officials requested an investigation into the shooting but it has been delayed due to the political atmosphere.

"Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said.

Taqatqa reportedly engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the settler after he verbally abused her, causing a minor scratch to the settler's neck, Qaddura said.

"At that point, the settlers asked an Israeli soldier who was in the area to shoot the girl, and the soldier immediately shot her in the chest. The girl fell to the ground then tried to get up and run away, but the soldier shot her again in the feet causing her to fall down again then he approached her and shot a last round," the official added.

Whenever an Israeli is injured in an accident it is automatically labeled as "terrorism," Qaddura said.

He urged Palestinians who witness such incidents to film them or record the registration number of the military vehicles involved.

Taqatqa is receiving medical treatment at Hadassh hospital and is in a stable condition.
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