Israeli Defense Minister Apologizes for Death of Unarmed Palestinian Man by Police

(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s protection minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police’s lethal capturing of an unarmed Palestinian man who was autistic.

The capturing of Iyad Halak, 32, in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis on Saturday, drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging extreme power by Israeli safety forces.

Benny Gantz, who can be Israel’s “alternate” prime minister underneath a power-sharing deal, made the remarks on the weekly assembly of the Israeli Cupboard. He was sat close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no point out of the incident in his opening remarks.

“We’re actually sorry concerning the incident wherein Iyad Halak was shot to dying and we share within the household’s grief,” Gantz mentioned. “I’m positive this topic might be investigated swiftly and conclusions might be reached.”

Halak’s kinfolk mentioned he had autism and was heading to a faculty for college kids with particular wants the place he studied every day when he was shot.

In an announcement, Israeli police mentioned they noticed a suspect “with a suspicious object that seemed like a pistol.” When he did not obey orders to cease, officers opened hearth, the assertion mentioned. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld later mentioned no weapon was discovered.

Israeli media reported the officers concerned had been questioned after the incident as per protocol and a lawyer representing certainly one of them despatched his condolences to the household in an interview with Israeli Military Radio.

Lone Palestinian attackers with no clear hyperlinks to armed teams have carried out a collection of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming assaults lately.

Palestinians and Israeli human rights teams have lengthy accused Israeli safety forces of utilizing extreme power in some circumstances, both by killing people who may have been arrested or utilizing deadly power when their lives weren’t in peril.

Some pro-Palestinian activists in contrast Saturday’s capturing to the current circumstances of police violence within the U.S.