Palestinian stabbing suspect shot by settler dies in Israeli custody

Palestinian stabbing suspect shot by settler dies in Israeli custody
2 min read
09 April, 2018
Mohammed Marshoud, 30, has died from gunshot wounds after a settler - who he allegedly tried to attack with a screwdriver - shot him near an East Jerusalem settlement.
The scene of the incident in Ma'ale Adumim on Sunday [Getty]
A Palestinian man named as Mohammed Abdulkarim Marshoud died in Israeli prison on Monday evening after succumbing to gunshot wounds sustained after he allegedly tried to stab a settler in the West Bank on Sunday.

Marshoud, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, was critically wounded after allegedly pulling out a screwdriver and attempting to stab an Israeli settler, who shot him, according to Israeli police.

Marshoud's family told The New Arab's sister site al-Araby al-Jadeed, that a Palestinian intermediary officially informed them of Mohammed's death, without telling them when his body would be handed over.

The alleged attack took place near the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, near East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

Marshoud's cousin told al-Araby al-Jadeed that he was a 30-year-old father of four, and married to a woman from Bethlehem, where he also worked.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club and the Commission of Detainees' and Ex-Detainees' Affairs have both stated they  hold the Israeli authorities entirely responsible for the death of Marshoud from his injuries.

It has not yet been reported if there will be an investigation into the shooting. However Israelies - both military and civilians - often commit violent acts with impunity in the occupied West Bank.

All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are deemed illegal under international law and viewed as a major obstacle to peace.

The international community along with many rights groups have expressed outrage at the excessive use of force employed by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinian protesters during the Great Return March on the Gaza border.

"Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations," said Eric Goldstein, HRW deputy Middle East director.

"The result was foreseeable deaths and injuries of demonstrators on the other side of a border who posed no imminent threat to life," he added.