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Palestinian girl arrested at checkpoint with knife in hand

Israeli troops lightly wounded a Palestinian woman who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, December 30, 2016
The 14-year-old approached Qalandiya crossing outside Jerusalem wielding a knife

A Palestinian 14-year-old girl was arrested on Saturday as she wielded a knife at security forces outside Qalandiya checkpoint, the main crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Channel 2 reported.

There were no injuries in the incident, reported.

The teenager is reportedly a resident of the West Bank. She began walking through the vehicle passageway and ignored calls from Israeli Border Police to stop.

Security forces then noticed that she was holding a knife and as she neared them, they disarmed the suspect and took the knife away, according to Channel 2.

Multiple Palestinian women have approached soldiers at checkpoints since the start of the "stabbing Intifada" in October 2015.

Leftist Haaretz columnist Amira Hass, who resides in the Palestinian territories, has speculated that the women act from a confluence of factors, both nationalistic and personal.

Until recently, "the common belief was that women who came to checkpoints and waved knives at soldiers wanted to be arrested – and in doing so escape whatever troubles they had at home: various forms of violence, an argument with their father or brother, untreated depression," Hass wrote in Haaretz.

But given how most Palestinian women who've approached checkpoints in the past 18 months have been shot to death, Hass claims that suicidal tendencies may play a greater role in motivating recent activity.


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