A tweet from Forward editor Batya Ungar-Sargon:
The brilliant @Issaamro says: Israel: Take Note — The NYPD Didn’t Kill Manhattan Terrorist https://t.co/MWvZ5pjA5j via @jdforward
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) November 2, 2017
[F]or me, a Palestinian watching from occupied Hebron, it felt almost impossible to comprehend. The [New York] terrorist wasn’t killed on the spot? They managed to apprehend him alive?
It was surprising because it feels so antithetical to Israel’s approach.
That’s Amro’s entire point. The rest of the article is about two cases where Israeli police fired on what appeared to be Palestinians who did not post an imminent threat and one where Amro was certain that they would have shot him dead had he not spoken Hebrew to them saying he wasn’t armed.
But there is another difference between Israel and New York: In Israel, the chances that the terrorist also has an explosive belt under his clothes is a major consideration. Knowing that someone can possibly blow up the entire area is part of the calculus that Israeli police need to routinely make and that New York police, thankfully, do not have to. (Yet.)
In Israel, a person who approaches the suspect who is apparently down to kick his weapons away from him, as a civilian did in New York, is actually placing himself and others in danger. If he hadn’t done that, and the terrorist had made a move to shoot his (toy) gun, there is no doubt Nash would have shot the terrorist again.
Just like in Israel.
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