Two Israelis stabbed in West Bank supermarket attack

Two Israelis were stabbed, seriously injuring one, outside a West Bank supermarket.

The victims, 21  and 35, were attacked Thursday at the Rami Levi supermarket in Shaar Binyamin, north of Jerusalem. They were taken to Jerusalem hospitals.

The suspected assailants, identified as Palestinians by the Israel Defense Forces, were shot and injured by an armed civilian bystander. They were treated by paramedics on the scene and taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the IDF.

The police later reported that the assailants were Palestinian teens, ages 14 and 15, from the West Bank town of Beitunia near Ramallah,  and that they had spent about 20 minutes in the store before carrying out the attack.

The Rami Levy chain is known for hiring Jewish and Palestinian workers in its West Bank stores, as well as catering to both Jewish and Arab shoppers.

Reports: Autopsy shows Palestinian teen killed by live fire

An autopsy performed on the exhumed body of a Palestinian teen shot by Israeli soldiers during a West Bank demonstration reportedly showed he was shot with live ammunition.

The autopsy was performed Wednesday at the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine in the West Bank by the chief Palestinian pathologist, according to reports. Two Israeli pathologists were present, as were observing pathologists from the United States and Denmark.

Representatives of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the Palestinian human rights group Al Haq told reporters that the pathologists who performed the autopsy found entry and exit wounds indicating live fire. The groups were involved in the autopsy.

The Israeli military, which is investigating the death of the teen, Nadim Nawara, and a second teen during the May 15 incident in the town of Beitunia, has said its forces used rubber bullets and tear gas, not live fire.

A report issued earlier this week by Human Rights Watch said it was “highly unlikely” that rubber bullets would have caused the injuries that killed the teens and injured another. The report labeled the shooting deaths of the two Palestinians an Israeli “war crime.”

It is not known when the final autopsy report will be completed.

The teens were shot in approximately the same location during a demonstration on Nakba Day, which means catastrophe and marks the day that Israel became an independent state.

In a violent confrontation at the end of the rally, demonstrators threw rocks at the Israeli troops and the soldiers responded with rubber bullets, live ammunition and tear gas, according to the Human Rights Watch report.

Israeli officials have suggested that Palestinians or human rights organizations have doctored video evidence of the shootings or edited in a biased way. Palestinian journalists and security cameras filmed the shootings.

Palestinian protesters for hunger strikers, Israeli soldiers clash again

At least 1,000 Palestinians demonstrated near a West Bank prison — the latest rally in support of inmates on long-term hunger strikes.

The protesters threw stones at Israeli security forces and burned tires after being stopped at the military checkpoint in the West Bank Palestinian town of Beitunia, according to reports. They were marching to the Ofer Prison near Ramallah.

Police dispersed the crowd with tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

Two Israeli journalists were injured by stones during the clashes. At least 29 Palestinian protesters also were injured by rubber-coated bullets, according to the Palestinian Ma'an news service.

Protests in support of the four hunger strikers have been held throughout the West Bank since last week.

The four long-term hunger strikers are being held in administrative detention, under which a prisoner can be held without charges for up to four months. The administrative detention also can be renewed.

Samer Issawi, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days and is said to be near death, was scheduled to be in a Jerusalem court Thursday seeking his release from administrative detention.

Issawi was released in the 2011 prisoner swap to free captive soldier Gilad Shalit but was later rearrested.