Israeli Border Police officer arrested in Palestinian teen’s shooting death


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli Border Police officer was arrested on suspicion of killing a Palestinian teen during a Nakba Day protest in the West Bank.

The officer, whose identity has not been made public, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned. The details of the case are under a gag order.

It is believed that the officer fired a live bullet rather than a rubber bullet during efforts to quell a violent demonstration in May outside Ramallah. The Israel Defense Forces said at the time of the incident that rubber bullets had been used.

An autopsy performed on Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17,  showed that he was killed by live fire. The bullet consistent was with those used by the IDF.

Another teen, Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, 15, also was killed that day.

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