Resources updated Wednesday, March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
A female Palestinian attempted to ram a car into security forces at a tense junction in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and was shot and wounded, Israel's military said.
No injuries were reported on the Israeli side following the incident at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem. The Palestinian's condition was not yet clear, nor were details on her identity or age.
A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has killed 255 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.
Most of the Palestinians who lost their lives were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to the Israeli authorities. Others were killed during protests, in clashes or Israeli air raids on Gaza.
Violence has greatly subsided in recent months, despite sporadic attacks.
The UN Palestinian representative in Geneva has told the current session of the UN "Human Rights" Council that Israel is starving Palestinians and dumping toxic waste onto Palestinian land. Speeches demonizing all Israelis and so-called "terrorist settlers" incite violence, but are allowed to proceed uninterrupted by the Human Rights Council President.
In the Palestinian representative's words:
"Nevertheless, Israeli planes illegally spray herbicides on agricultural lands belonging to Palestinian civilians in Gaza. These Israeli pesticides have a negative effect on Palestinian crops and cause tremendous losses for Palestinian farmers in the occupied and besieged territory...Furthermore, extremist and terrorist settlers continue to use violence to push peasants out of their land, by killing cattle, burning crops, uprooting olive trees. Of grave concern is also the practice of illegal transport and dumping of hazardous and toxic waste produced inside Israel into the occupied State of Palestine."
A Palestinian UN representative, speaking at the current session of the UN's top human rights body in Geneva, accused Israel of "systematically" targeting children. Addressing the UN "Human Rights" Council, here is some of what he neglected to mention: