The family of an Israeli Arab man who was shot after he allegedly tried to stab a Jerusalem policeman said Saturday that he suffered from mental distress, adding that he could be eliminated without help.
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The suspect, Ahmed Mahmad Ahmed Mahmid, was a 30-year-old resident of the Israeli Arab city of Umm al- Fahm in the north of Israel.
Nassim, Mahmid's brother, told the Israeli media that his brother was not functional and that he was receiving psychological treatment. "We brought him home a few years ago," he said. "He was a patient with Sha & # 39; ar Menashe [a phychiatric medical center]a sick man."
The family condemned Friday's attempt to cross, with a number of family members claiming that the attempt was not politically motivated. "They quickly shoot a man, undoubtedly because he is an Arab," said a relative.
According to police, the incident unfolded when Mahmid emerged from an area close to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and began to walk to a team of police officers stationed in the area. Then he tried to stab one of them with a knife he had in his possession. There was a confrontation, in which Mahmid was shot and killed, according to the police.
The municipality of Umm al-Fahm criticized Mahmid's shooting, accused the police of "unreasonable behavior" and claimed that the suspect could be stopped without being killed.
Umm al-Fahm mayoral candidate Mustapha Abu Majd said that the Mahmid family was "normal, not a family sending children to be killed." No one raises children to be killed They could have neutralized him in another way. Arab, the finger on the trigger. "
Other relatives noticed similar incidents, with the attacker being stopped without being killed.
On Friday night, the police Mahmid's umm al-Fahm raid home.