Killing of Palestinian man with autism draws Floyd parallel

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In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Rana, mother of Eyad Hallaq, arranges his room in their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz. Early Saturday, Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism, was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem's Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken as an attacker. He was just a few meters from his beloved Elwyn El Quds school. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Eyad Hallaq liked to watch cartoons. He loved dressing up and wearing cologne. He even dreamed of getting married. But his favorite activity was walking to school, where he volunteered in the kitchen, preparing meals for his fellow special-needs students.

Early on Saturday, the 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem’s Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken for an attacker. He was just a few meters (yards) from his beloved Elwyn El Quds school.

The shooting has drawn comparisons to the death of George Floyd in the U.S. and prompted a series of small demonstrations against police violence toward Palestinians. The calls for justice have crossed Jewish-Arab lines, a rarity in this deeply polarized society.

Yet for his devastated family, such gestures have provided little comfort and even less hope that the officers who shot Hallaq will be punished.