BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released the body of 15-year-old Raed Ahmad Radaida on Friday who was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli border policestationed at the “Container checkpoint” northeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday.
Israeli forces released Radaida’s body to the Palestinian liaison. A funeral is expected to be held on Saturday in Radaida’s home village of al-Ubeidiya in Bethlehem, according to locals.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an at the time that a Palestinian attempted to stab Israeli border police at the checkpoint, at which point forces “responded to the threat” and shot the boy.
Another Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said after the alleged attack that the boy approached Israeli forces holding a knife in his hand, and “after a short dispute, an Israeli soldier was able to open fire at the suspect who was neutralized and the knife in his possession was seized.”
Radaida is one of 26 Palestinians that have been killed by Israeli forces so far in 2017, according to Ma’an documentation. Seven Israelis have been killed during the same time frame.
Israel has come under repeated criticism for using lethal force on Palestinians who posed no threat or could have been detained through nonlethal means, with the Palestinian leadership, rights groups, and the United Nations condemning Israeli forces of carrying out “extrajudicial executions.”
Though Israeli forces have claimed that a number of Palestinians were carrying out attacks when they were killed, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases.