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Former Israeli Policewoman Charged With Shooting Palestinian

Former Israeli Policewoman Charged With Shooting Palestinian

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 12:00
Palestinian Karam Qawasmi, who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in an incident caught on video last year, gestures as he gives an interview in the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. AP

A former Israeli policewoman was indicted Wednesday for shooting a Palestinian man in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet.

She has been charged with assault and reckless use of a weapon for allegedly shooting Karam Qawasmi who was unarmed as he walked away from a West Bank checkpoint.

The case has drawn widespread attention since Channel 13 TV broadcast a video of the May 2018 incident earlier this month.

In the video, Qawasmi is shot in the back nearly 20 seconds after walking away from the checkpoint.

Border police often use sponge-tipped bullets as a “nonlethal” tool to disperse crowds, but the bullets are painful and can cause serious injury, according the Associated Press.

Qawasmi said on Thursday that other officers also abused him and should have been charged.

She might receive a “very light punishment,” he added.

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