Iyad Halak

Photo of a young man with tan skin and short black hair; his expression is neutral.Name: Iyad Halak.
Died: May 30, 2020.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Unarmed).
Location: Jerusalem, Israel.

Details:
Iyad was a student at a special education institute. He was walking to school when police yelled at him to stop. Not understanding, or perhaps surprised and confused, Iyad ran and was pursued by the police until he ran into a dead-end alley. He died from one or more of the seven shots discharged at him.

Police claim they saw Iyad holding a weapon, but he was unarmed. The shooter has been charged with second-degree murder.

References:
Police officer indicted for death of special needs student Iyad al-Halak
Israeli Cop Who Killed Autistic Palestinian Man Is Charged
Prosecution leans toward 2nd degree murder for officer who killed Halak
No Justice No Speech: Autism A Deadly Hazard When Dealing With Police
Israeli minister says sorry for police shooting of unarmed Palestinian
Gantz expresses sorrow over police killing of East Jerusalem man with autism
Police officer under house arrest after killing of special needs East J’lem man
Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man
Killing of unarmed, autistic Palestinian in Jerusalem sparks outrage
Teacher says she shouted, ”he’s disabled!’ before cops gunned down Palestinian

Ran Weiss

Photo of Ran Weiss, a young man with fair skin and short light-brown hair.Name: Ran Weiss
Died: January 8, 2016
Age at death: 31
Cause of death: Water poisoning; negligence
Location: Even Yehuda, Israel

Details:
Ran lived in a hostel for autistic people. He was supposed to be closely supervised because he had the tendency to drink large quantities of water, which can be dangerous.

But staff left him alone, and Ran drank seven liters of water in only two hours. When they finally checked on him, he was lying on the floor, vomiting and unable to stand, but the director did not call an ambulance. Instead, the director called Ran's father, and it was his father who realized what must have happened and demanded that his son be taken to a hospital. But it was too late, and Ran died.

His grieving parents agreed to donate his organs, saving the lives of five people.

References:
Autistic Man Dies and Saves 5 Israeli Lives with Organs
Israel Police Investigating Negligence After Autistic Man Dies of Water Poisoning
Neglect, Untrained Counselors and Zero Supervision: What Happens in Israel’s Homes for the Autistic