Palestinian woman killed after attacking police

Spokeswoman Luba Samri says the woman tried to stab officers on duty near the Old City on Wednesday.

Police released images purported to show the woman, wearing a black Islamic headscarf and robe and holding a sharp object in a threating way.

Photos posted on social media showed the middle-aged woman lying face down after the attack outside the gate, a main entrance to the Old City.

The resolution also recognizes "the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions".

The incident came ahead of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, beginning on 10 April, during which security in Jerusalem is often increased.

The woman was identified as Siham Ratib Nimr, from East Jerusalem and Israeli police said she attempted to stab soldiers with a pair of scissors.

Most of the Palestinians killed, 97 percent, were shot by Israeli occupation forces and police, the agency said.

When her son, Mustafa, was killed previous year, in Shu'fat refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, the soldiers claimed they thought his cousin, Ali Nimir, who was driving the auto, was trying to carry out a ramming attack, before shooting and injuring him, and killing Mustafa.

Ali was later charged with manslaughter, with prosecutors alleging it was his erratic driving that had made the officers shoot.

At least 241 Palestinians have been killed in Israel and the Palestinian Territories in a period of sporadic violence that began in October 2015 but has tapered off in recent months.

Israel has been criticized by several human rights bodies and even the United Nations for its systematic extrajudicial killings of alleged attackers, who either had no weapon or if they did, had only knives whose threat could have been neutralized without using deadly force.

The status of Jerusalem is a contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Leroy Wright