Thinking She Is A Palestinian, Soldiers Kill An Israeli Woman In Hebron

18:00 May 9 2023 Military roadblock near Israel's Beit Yatir (בית יתיר‎ / מְצָדוֹת יְהוּדָה, Metzadot Yehuda) settlement

Thinking She Is A Palestinian, Soldiers Kill An Israeli Woman In Hebron Thinking She Is A Palestinian, Soldiers Kill An Israeli Woman In Hebron Thinking She Is A Palestinian, Soldiers Kill An Israeli Woman In Hebron
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Metzadot Yehuda crossing in the South Hebron Hills, last month. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Published by Haaretz

Sapir Livnat Green, who was killed by IDF soldiers on May 9, 2023 after disguising herself as a terrorist in order to end her own life. (photo credit: Obtained under section 27A of the Israel copyright act/MAARIV) Published by The Jerusalem Poast

by IMEMC News
May 10, 2023

On Tuesday evening, Israeli soldiers killed a Jewish Israeli woman near a military roadblock south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, when they thought she was a Palestinian woman trying to attack them.

In a statement, the Israeli army said the soldiers ‘neutralized’ a woman who tried to shoot them.

The army later announced that the woman was Israeli and wanted to commit suicide by approaching the soldiers and shouting “Allahu Akbar” while pointing an airsoft gun at them.

The soldiers shot the woman and realized she was Israeli and that she wanted to commit suicide by making the soldiers believe she was a Palestinian attacking them.

Israeli sources said the woman also suffered from a mental disorder and added that she was dressed in all black when approaching the soldiers.

The sources added that the woman was also a former Israeli soldier and previously discussed doing this when addressing a friend.

The Jerusalem Post said the former soldier even asked her friend, apparently via text message, whether she would go to prison if she did this and survived the incident, for how long, and what charges she would face, and added, “She wants a Jewish burial.”

The friend she was talking to said she responded to these questions by saying, “Wow, this is a hard question,” and asked, “Is this someone you?” The Jerusalem Post said the woman answered “Maybe” with a shrug emoji, adding, “We will never know.”

The Jerusalem Post also said the friend consulted with another friend who reported it to the police about an hour before the incident occurred, but the soldiers at the roadblock were unaware of the issue.

Armed Israeli Woman Shot Dead by Security Guards in the West Bank

The Jewish woman drew her gun and sprinted while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ towards the security guards who shot and killed her

by Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
May 9, 2023

An armed Israeli Jewish woman was shot dead on Tuesday evening in the West Bank after drawing a weapon at Israeli security guards.

The Israeli army said no other casualties were reported in the incident. The woman was identified as 27-year-old Livnat Green, a resident from of the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.

A preliminary probe revealed that the woman apparently arrived at the Metzadot Yehuda crossing from the Israeli side. The woman approached from the direction of the settlement of Beit Yatir in the South Hebron Hills dressed in all black. She drew her gun and sprinted while shouting “Allahu akbar” towards the security guards who shot and killed her.

On Thursday, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank town of Hawara near Nablus. Palestinian emergency services reported that the 26-year-old female assailant was shot, and died shortly after being evacuated to hospital.

Jewish woman killed by IDF had struggled with mental health since childhood

Sapir Livnat Green disguised herself as a terrorist in order to end her own life one year after losing her best friend, Tikva Saban to suicide.

By SHIRA SILKOFF for The Jerusalem Post
Published: MAY 10, 2023 11:14
Updated: MAY 10, 2023 13:09

The Israeli Jewish woman who was shot and killed by IDF soldiers on Tuesday after disguising herself as a terrorist, apparently in a deliberate act to end her own life, has been identified as 26-year-old Sapir Livnat Green.

Green arrived at the Metsudat Yehuda checkpoint in the South Hebron Hills area on Tuesday afternoon, dressed all in black and stereotypical Arab garb and brandishing a gun.

She then approached the IDF soldiers, running at the checkpoint while shouting "Allahu Akbar," at which point the soldiers opened fire, killing her.

While the woman was initially misidentified and reported to have been a Palestinian terrorist, it was soon discovered that she was Jewish and that she had suffered from severe mental health issues and suicidal ideation throughout her life.

Over the years, Green was hospitalized several times as a result of her mental health issues, and served as a lone soldier in the IDF, completing her two years and eight months of mandatory service as a combat soldier in the Israel Border Police after advocating for herself extensively throughout the drafting process.

An unspecified amount of time before her death, Green had spoken to a friend about theoretically attempting to end her own life in this way, N12's Yaakov Cherki reported on Tuesday night.

In a screenshot shared by Cherki, a message from Green reads: "If someone that wanted to die, a regular Jewish person, put on Arab clothing and runs with a fake weapon in the direction of a checkpoint in the settlements, shouts Allahu Akbar, because they want to be shot because they want to die, and then they shoot them in the legs only and they don't die, will they be sent to prison? And if so, how long for?"

Green came from a complex and difficult background, her former mentor from a program for at-risk youth recounted to Walla on Wednesday morning.

"She went through many traumatic events, ever since she was a child," said the mentor. "She came from a difficult family background. Her mother has struggled with mental illness as well and spent most of her time in psychiatric hospitals, and her father passed away six years ago... even when she was a girl she tried to hurt herself, and the system didn't know how to deal with it."

"I don't want to find myself dead just like that"
In February 2022, Green lost her best friend Tikva Saban to suicide, after she overdosed on sedatives while Green was with her. Despite Green's attempts to resuscitate Saban when she discovered what had happened, the young woman passed away.

Saban's story made the news the month before she took her own life, after she phoned an Israel Police hotline back in January 2022, seeking assistance for her suicidal ideation, and was instead verbally abused by the officer who answered the phone.

"You're an idiot that wants to kill yourself, kill yourself then," the officer told her. "Kill yourself and don't tell us anything about it."

Saban took her own life less than a month later.

Shortly after her best friend's death, Green gave an interview to Channel 13, speaking about their friendship, and navigating the difficult loss.

"Something in the chemistry between us was good. She understood me and I understood her. She was like family to me," Green said at the time.

"My pain is enormous. I didn't function for a week, I didn't want to accept that she wouldn't come back to life. I just remained alone."

Concluding the interview, Green said: "I don't want to find myself dead just like that."
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