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Israeli forces slammed for carrying out ‘field execution’ after shooting Palestinian terrorist. The full video shows a much different story.

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Pro-Palestinian leaders and activists decried a recent Israeli police response to a terrorist as a "field execution" over the weekend after a truncated video circulated on social media showing Israeli forces shooting the suspect while he lay on the ground. But then Israeli police released surveillance footage showing the whole incident.

What happened?

Israeli border police shot and killed a 25-year-old Palestinian man, Muhammad Salima, near the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday after the suspect stabbed a young Orthodox Jewish man in the streets, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported. It was the fifth such attack in Jerusalem since September.

Salima, who had reportedly entered the country illegally, repeatedly stabbed the Orthodox man before running toward approaching officers and lunging at them with his knife. The officers responded by shooting Salima several times, causing him to fall to the ground, where he died.

The Orthodox victim was transported to the hospital with moderate to severe wounds and is expected to recover, and Israel's internal police investigations unit launched a routine investigation into the incident.

But shortly after the attack, activists began sharing a shortened video of the confrontation that began after Salima had committed the stabbing. In the video, he can be seen lying on the ground as Israeli officers open fire on him.

(Warning: The following content is graphic in nature and may be disturbing to some viewers).

In one tweet, Mahmoud Refaat, president of the European Institute for International Law, said, "Israeli forces carry out field execution of a young man in occupied city of Jerusalem today. It is clear from the clip the man is lying on ground and does NOT represent a danger, which makes the crime state terrorism."

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry reportedly also called the shooting a "field execution."

"There was once talk of ‘neutralization.’ He’s on the ground and a homicide video is being made of him. Execution of a person who no longer poses a threat is a horrible and terrible crime. This is the reality that the occupation produces,” added Aida Touma-Sliman, a member of the Israeli Knesset from the Hadash party, according to the JTA.

“Field executions, no matter the context, are unjustified,” tweeted Mohammed El-Kurd, a prominent Palestinian commentator who lives in Jerusalem

What else?

However, full video of the incident released by the Israeli Foreign Ministry completely discredits claims that an "execution" occurred.

(Warning: The following content is graphic in nature and may be disturbing to some viewers).

In light of the two border officers' heroic actions, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev on Sunday offered public support for them, saying they “acted as required" when they shot Salima.

“They entered into combat, did not hesitate, and neutralized [the target] appropriately. This is what we expect from police officers, the Border Police, and the IDF,” Barlev said, according to the Times of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, too, praised the officers for “act[ing] very quickly and resolutely, as is expected of police officers, against a terrorist who tried to murder an Israeli civilian."

“I wish to convey to them my full backing," he added. "That is how our forces are expected to act and that is how they acted. We must not allow our capital to become a terror hotspot.”

Bennett also warned against rushing to judgment before the full set of facts is made available, as many did in response to the shooting.

The two border officers involved in the incident reportedly have since received their guns back and have returned to active duty.

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