Is­raeli apol­o­gizes for Pales­tinian’s death

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

JERUSALEM — Is­rael’s de­fense min­is­ter apol­o­gized on Sun­day for the Is­raeli po­lice’s deadly shoot­ing of an un­armed Pales­tinian man who was autis­tic.

The shoot­ing of Iyad Halak, 32, in Jerusalem’s Old City on Satur­day drew broad con­dem­na­tions and re­vived com­plaints al­leg­ing ex­ces­sive force by Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces.

Benny Gantz, who is also Is­rael’s “al­ter­nate” prime min­is­ter un­der a power-shar­ing deal, made the re­marks at the weekly meet­ing of the Is­raeli Cab­i­net. He sat near Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu, who made no men­tion of the in­ci­dent in his open­ing re­marks.

Halak’s rel­a­tives said he was head­ing to a school for stu­dents with spe­cial needs when he was shot. Is­raeli po­lice said they spot­ted a sus­pect “with a sus­pi­cious ob­ject that looked like a pis­tol.” When he failed to obey or­ders to stop, of­fi­cers opened fire, po­lice said. No weapon was found.

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