The military prosecutor in the case against the IDF medic Sergeant A, who on March 24 shot and killed a neutralized terrorist on the ground in Hebron, on Thursday told an IDF court in Jaffa that he plans to indict the accused on manslaughter charges. An earlier statement, made by investigators after the event, suggested they planned to charge the shooter with murder, but the unprecedented public outcry that followed resulted, possibly, with a reduced charge. The majority of Israelis in several recent polls believe there should be no prosecution at all in the case.
Military prosecutor Lt. Col. Adoram Rigler asked the court to extend the on camp arrest of the accused until Monday, when the indictment will supposedly be ready. Apparently there are a few technical details to be hammered out. The prosecution referred to the pathology report on the autopsy that had been conducted on the terrorist’s body, saying it determined that it was the shot made by the accused which killed the terrorist. The autopsy report will hopefully clear up just how many times the terrorist had been shot before the soldier put him out of his misery, and what would have been his chances of survival without the final shot. Rumor has the number of bullets he absorbed in his upper body at seven, before the last one hit him.
The prosecutor also told the court that the B’Tselem video, shot by Imad Abu Shmasia, was examined by a forensics lab and determined to be authentic and unedited.
The soldier’s attorneys objected to the demand for a remand of the clients saying he did not pose a flight risk and there was no justification for his continued on-base arrest, since the investigation—as stated by the prosecution—is all but complete.
As usual, there was a loud group of demonstrators outside the court building, demanding the soldier’s release without a trial, waving signs that read: “He was abandoned in the field.”
Much of the prosecution’s case hinges on the state of mind of the accused during the shooting, namely how much he knew about the neutralizing of the terrorist and the verification that followed his neutralizing. Since he arrived some ten minuets after the incident, the fact that the verification process had been proper may not matter if the defense can establish that the accused was not aware of it, and estimated the terrorist to still be dangerous.
The case will also revolve over the application of the rules of engagement in cases where a suicide bomb is suspected. The prosecution will bring witnesses who will tell the court there hadn’t been any suicide bombers in the entire six months of a terror wave leading up to the shooting. But that may not matter in establishing the state of mind of the accused or the validity of the rules of engagement that include an expectation of a suicide bomb.
It has happened so often: video or other media which appears to show an Israeli soldier or other security official doing something heinous, is later revealed to be a snapshot that distorts reality – either intentionally or otherwise. For when the full context of the incident in question is revealed, there is virtually no culpability on the part of the Israeli.
You might think that the world, and certainly the Israeli government, would be a bit more cautious before condemning an Israeli based on anything other than a diligent investigation.
You might think so, but you’d be disappointed.
It appears that this false rush to judgment may very well be what happened to an Israeli soldier on Thursday, Mar. 24. That soldier was responding to a stabbing attack by Palestinian Arab terrorists. The soldier has been widely portrayed as having shot one of the terrorists point blank in the head, after the terrorist appeared already disarmed – by those not directly involved – and sprawled on the ground.
A video of the soldier shooting the terrorist in the head, taken by a member of the extreme leftist NGO B’tselem, portrays the Israeli as an executioner, and that is how it was labeled and then went viral.
That soldier was not only vilified by the entire shockingly large subset of humanity which stands ready, at any moment, to brand Israelis as bloodthirsty armed villains, but also by Israeli authorities, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
That soldier, from the Kfir Brigade, was thrown in an IDF prison.
Never mind that the initial explanation for the gunshot provided by the soldier in question was that the terrorist was wearing a zipped-up coat despite the heat- which every Israeli or visitor to Israel knows is an issue of concern – that still was not enough to mollify the world audience or the Israeli leadership.
Not even that, according to weather reports, the temperature in Hebron on the day of the incident was 88 degrees fahrenheit/31.1 degrees celsius. A violent terrorist wearing a long-sleeved jacket, zipped up to the neck, should have been of concern to everyone. At least one photo, shared with the world by Hamas’s al-qassam brigades, appears to show a bulge under the jacket.
Hebron terrorist on an 88 degree day, wearing zipped up, long-sleeve jacket covering possible bulge.
In a public statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Office on Thursday afternoon, Netanyahu said: “”What happened today in Hebron does not represent the values of the IDF. The IDF expects its soldiers to behave level-headedly and in accordance with the rules of engagement.”
Netanyahu was joined in condemning the IDF soldier by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
Only Knesset Members Oren Hazan (Likud), Betzalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) and Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) defended the IDF soldier.
Peace Now’s Yariv Oppenheimer was outraged and publicly maligned the Magen David Adom medical personnel for not endangering their lives in order to physically examine and treat the terrorist.
Less than a day after the incident evidence has emerged which could completely vindicate the action of the condemned Israeli soldier.
According to a civilian paramedic who was at the scene, those responding to the stabbing incident feared the terrorist was wearing an explosive vest and he was about to detonate it, which is when the IDF officer shot him.
The eye- and earwitness said he heard it with his own ears, and that if the B’tselem video had an audio recording it would confirm that this is what happened.
Just think what would have happened if the soldier had not responded as he did in such a situation. If the terrorist did have a suicide vest, not only would the terrorist have died, but so would have all of the Israelis and Arabs at the scene. Including the B’tselem videographer.
The expression of “what is a Kohen doing in a cemetery,” where he is prohibited, may apply to President Reuven Rivlin and today’s New Israel Fund-Haaretz conference in New York City.
Dozens of IDF Reserve officers are conducting a protest outside the President’s official residence in an effort to pressure President Rivlin to cancel his appearance at the conference because the anti-IDF Breaking the Silence is participating.
The officers said that President Rivlin, as a representative of Israel, must boycott the event organized by the New Israel Fund (NIF), coordinated with the Haaretz newspaper, to make clear his non-acceptance of groups such as Breaking the Silence that try to make Israel look illegitimate.
But Breaking the Silence is only the tip of the iceberg. The list of speakers and panelist reads like a “Who’s Who of the radical Left.
The office of the President stated:
The President will deliver his remarks during the conference of the Haaretz newspaper as he does in a variety of conferences organized by media from time to time.
Concerning the facts, it is important to note that in this case, we are speaking about the participation of one of dozens of participants during the day. It will take part in a panel that does not take place in the presence of the president, so there is no connection between them,
As for facts,, today’s event is not a media conference. It is a New Israel Fund conference that Haaretz is promoting and in which it is participating with its finest Israel bashers, such as Gideon Levy and Amira Hass.
Perhaps President Rivlin will not be present when Breaking the Silence speaks, but what about other speakers and panelists, some of whose names read like a Who’s Who of the radical Left?
And the question remains why is President Rivlin appearing and what will he say?
Yes, he will have the opportunity to show his face to the extreme left-wing of American Jews and non-Jews, as well as officials from the Obama administration such as Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and PLO executive Saeb Erekat.
Public appearances are one of the President’s most important functions, but why did he choose such a group, unless he stuns them with a Zionist speech instead of patronizing them?
Here are some of the “Zionists” at the conference:
Arik Wade Ascherman. the Rabbis for Human Rights activist who single-handedly led leftists and Arabs to uproot more than 1,500 saplings in front of shocked elementary school students on Tu B’Shvat several years ago because they planted on land in Judea and Samaria.
The promotional material for today’s conference omits that little detail and states that he “is internationally recognized as a leading advocate for human rights and social justice as religious, Jewish and Zionist obligations,” such as rights for “the Negev Bedouin.”
Other speakers are:
Suhad Babaa, the executive director of Just Vision, ‘an organization dedicated to increasing media coverage and support for Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, equality, dignity and human security for all through unarmed means.’
Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of J Street.
Uri Blau, an investigative journalist for Haaretz, specializing in military and political affairs, corruption and transparency….Blau became the first Israeli journalist to be convicted for possession of classified military documents.
Hagai El-Ad, an Israeli human rights activist, is the executive director of B’Tselem.
Avner Gvaryahu, who joined Breaking the Silence as a researcher and tour guide.
Another speaker is Arab Knesset Member Ayman Odeh, who last week refused to attend a meeting with Jewish leaders because it was to take place in the same building that is home to the offices of the Jewish Agency?
Other panelists and speakers are:
‘Rabbi’ Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T’ruah. [For information on T’ruah and President Rivlin’s joint appearance at the White House, click here.]
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Daniel J. Sokatch, chief executive officer of the New Israel Fund.
Dr. Husam S. Zomlot, ambassador-at-large for Palestine [sic] and the executive deputy commissioner of the Fatah Foreign Relations Commission.
Haaretz editor Aluf Benn and a host of his writers will speak and appear on the panels, whose subjects include:
Beyond negotiations: Can the peace process be unfrozen to achieve more than ‘conflict management’?
What’s left: Is there a future for the progressive movement in Israel?
‘Droves of Arab voters:’ Is the struggle of Israel’s Arab citizens to equality the new focal point of the conflict?
Jerusalem burning: Is religion the solution or the problem?
Synagogue and state: Who defines the Jewishness of Israel?
The far-left B’Tselem non-governmental organization (NGO) complained in a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week that he is “responsible for allowing a de facto death penalty” to be meted out to terrorists on the streets of Israel.
“On Wednesday a policeman in Jerusalem shot 16-year-old Nourhan Awad of Qalandiya; she was lying on the ground without moving,” the letter began. (Ed. note: it has been edited for brevity) “Her 14-year-old cousin was shot in the same incident, also after being wounded by the initial gunfire that felled her, and she died. And the day before, soldiers shot to death Basarakat Qatnani, 16, of Nablus (Shechem), after she was wounded when she was struck and run over by a car.
“In October there were shot to death in Jerusalem Basal Sidehr and Padi Elon; the shooting at them continued after they were already wounded,” the letter continued.
(Ed. note: B’Tselem fails to point out — and may even deliberately ignore — the fact that in numerous cases, wounded Arab terrorists have risen from supine positions and resumed attacks as soon as their victims’ backs were turned. In fact, the Arab murderer in Jerusalem last month on Malchei Yisrael Street attempted to do exactly that, even as he was faced with armed security personnel.)
“In each of these five cases, we are talking about people who were already “neutralized” and yet the firing continued,” the letter goes on. “Four out of the five were killed, and the fifth was seriously wounded.
“Regardless of who tried to harm anyone or did not, there is no obscuring the harsh reality: these are executions being carried out on the street, without recourse to due process or trial, immediately and publicly; and the suspicion is further raised because in these instances, bystanders participate as well.
“Under the criminal law of the State of Israel, the death penalty was abolished more than 60 years ago, in 1954. In any case, the death penalty was never handed down as a sentence after a conviction for cases of attempted murder….” the letter went on. “Israel does not execute, period. This is a stable and well established reality that was ratified again recently in the Knesset.
“The chilling gap between the normal attitude described above and the current reality is unbearable. In fact, since your tenure the “new normal” would seem to be “shoot to kill” in any case, even when there is no longer a suspect, or the suspect no longer poses any threat.
“This situation is a direct result of the impassioned discussion of government officials and elected representatives in your coalition, winners of your silent support.
“There has been no change in the orders about how and when to open fire when security forces are out on routine operations… and of course it is not legal to fire upon someone who is already wounded; however, in practice the reality is quite different.
“Who can remain silent when security forces are acting outside the law? One cannot wash his hands of the matter. You cannot tell your ears they have not heard it. The continuing silence in view of these developments, together with the general praise of the security operations make clear the policies that you advocate and that you support.
“Silence in light of the comments of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, that “Every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he was going to make,” is a consent to this illegal policy.
“The lives of those who have already been shot dead cannot be brought back, but it is still not too late to stop the moral bankruptcy reflected in our current situation.
“It is your responsibility to make it clear immediately that no one has the authority to execute, and the role of the security forces is to protect the public — not less, but also not more — and not to make the security officers into executioners on the city streets.
A fictional Palestinian Authority village is on the throes of becoming a reality that threatens a Jewish presence next to the Talmudic-period Jewish village of Susiya and which would be a catalyst to support the blood libel that all of Israel was stolen from Arabs.
Arab Susiya, with several dozen tents and structures, has been built like a Broadway stage, complete with props that enable the Arabs to spin the yarn that it has existed for centuries but that the mean IDF is trying to destroy their ancient lifestyle.
The U.S. State Dept., the European Union and lazy and inherently biased international media have swallowed the tale that is chock full of romanticism and anti-Zionism.
The southern Hebron Hills until recent years was a forgotten rural region. Archaeological evidence clearly proves that Jews lived in Biblical and Talmudic times until as late as the 9th century, coinciding with the birth and rise of Islam.
Modern aerial photographs and academic researchers have categorically established that Arabs never lived in Susiya, but the world prefers to believe starry-eyed fairy tales that Jews are land thieves.
For centuries, only a few thousand Arabs populated the relatively vast southern Hebron Hills. Other Arabs came from the Hebron area to stay in caves for two months during the season for planting and reaping wheat or to grave sheep and goats.
Other than that, they were never to be seen because their homes were elsewhere.
All of that changed soon after the early 1980s when the Jews returned after 1,500 years.
The presence of Jews in the southern Hebron Hills woke up the Arab neglect of the region, where the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate and the Jordanian occupation after the War for Independence in 1948 never issued a solitary deed of land ownership.
Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and Arabs in Hebron started getting antsy about the Jews moving into a strategic area from which Arabs staged several deadly terrorist attacks before the Six-Day War in 1967, but they had a problem. Arabs did not want to move from the urban areas of Hebron and adjacent Halhoul and Yatta and into the mountain desert where the biggest crop is rocks.
The European Union and leftist organizations came to the rescue. They pay Arabs to live in the region and to claim that their families have done so for centuries.
B’Tselem, the EU and other pro-Arab group built structures for Arabs, gave them tents, solar power and water purification systems.
They have built new villages that never existed before, dotting the hillsides with a nearly contiguous presence trumpeted with a fictitious “historical claim.” For the record, the Jews have an older historical claim, as evidenced by the ancient synagogues in Susiya and in neighboring Samoa.
The focus of the creation of this lie has been Susiya, the largest Jewish community in the area, although less than 200 families live there. It is located several hundred yards from the Talmudic=period village, which is protected as a natural park.
The European Union and leftist groups have invested tens of thousands of dollars to bring Arabs to the narrow stretch of land separating modern and ancient Susiya. The IDF, with the approval of the Supreme Court, has issued demolition orders for some – but not all – of the illegal Arabs structures.
Most of them exist with the classic Bedouin and Arab ruse of cement buildings covered by tents to give the romantic impression they are inhabited by a group of Arabs whose love for the land is greater than the temptations to live a life of convenience in the city.
Their love for money and the love for hating Zionists are even greater.
The EU and leftists fund the Arabs to allow them to live through cold, windy and sometimes snowy winters, as well as the hot and sultry days of summer.
There are aerial photographs from two decades ago showing that not one Arab lived in Susiya, but the European Union is giving away free tickets to a play that is being billed as reality.
It has all of the elements that the anti-Israel establishment needs to beat their breasts and berate Israel for being so cruel as to destroy the lifestyle of Arabs and expel them from their ancient lifestyle, which in truth dates back to approximately 10 years.
The spokesman for the fake Arab Susiya is Nasser Nawaja, the author of today’s fiction presented as “opinion” by The New York Times. He wrote, and is quoted over and over by dummy journalists, that his mother was born in Khirbet Susiya.
And I was born in Antarctica, and you, dear reader, were born in Saudi Arabia.
Nawaja makes his living as a paid servant for B’Tselem and the European Union and whose job is to dupe the United States to adopt the illusion on which is based the Palestinian Authority claim to the rest of Judea and Samaria as well as all of Israel.
The oft-documented reports that the Palestinian Authority teaches that Haifa and Jaffa (Yafo) are part of “ancient Palestine” always were laughable and ridiculous, so thought the Israel government.
It now has woken up, years too late, and Foreign Minister spokesman Emmanuel Nachson shared with The JewishPress.com a directive it issued to its emissaries around the world to put a finger in the dike to stop the flood of fabrications.
Unfortunately, the Foreign Ministry is using logic, which is of no use, and rests its case on “long-standing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including the Oslo agreements,” which no longer are a reference point for anything except for a study of idiocy.
The Foreign Ministry also told its foreign staff:
These clusters of structures… were built illegally and adjacent to an ancient Jewish archeological site.
Contrary to Palestinian claims that these structures have been permanently inhabited for decades, in fact, only a handful of families resided there in the 1980s and they only used the structures on a seasonal basis….
On 4 May 2015, the Supreme Court declined to issue another temporary injunction preventing demolitions.
The government is not taking to heart Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s advice to emissaries when she took office two months ago and said that the world needs to be reminded that Israel – all of Israel – belong to Jews by Biblical birthright. Anyone who does not agree can take his complaint to God.
The European Union the United Nations and especially the Obama administration do not care about the logic of legal or illegal buildings because they have adopted the entire Palestinian Authority hate libel that Israel is an “occupier” and that Jews have no right to live where Arabs want to live.
This has nothing to do with the “West Bank.” It has to do with all of Israel.
The “government of Tel Aviv” has closed its eyes for decades to the Bedouin and Arab rape of the Negev, well inside the “Green Line.” The squatters, many of whom have been imported from Judea and Samaria, have stolen tens of thousands of acres of state land – their “ancient land” – and the government has done nothing except to pay them to procreate their population bomb by winking an eye at polygamy and doling out outrageous child benefits.
“Arab Susiya” will be Israel’s Waterloo if it falls to international ignorance, in which the State Dept. has a stake.
When Indian reporter Goyal Raghubir, supposedly one of the better journalists covering Foggy Bottom, asked State Dept. spokesman John Kirby last week if he has “a reaction to reports that Israel may demolish part of a village called Susiya in the West Bank for expanding settlements,” the spokesman was ready with a prepared answer:
We’re closely following developments in the village of Susiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative. Such actions have an impact beyond those individuals and families who are evicted. We are concerned that the demolition of this village may worsen the atmosphere for a peaceful resolution.
A “peaceful resolution” in the eyes of the Palestinian Authority, the European Union and the Obama administration is the expulsion of every Jew from all of Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem.
The “peaceful resolution” is build on the foundation of the lies of the “Palestinian people” and of Israel as “ancient Palestine.”
The international community has hidden its inherent anti-Semitism under propaganda spewed out as the truth by such groups as B’Tselem and Rabbis for Human Rights, who hand out to the media a perfume bottle full of a poisonous potion.
The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency, one of the foreign media’s favorite sources for lies, told its readers last week that “Susiya villagers reportedly built homes in 1986 on agricultural land they owned, after being evicted by Israel from their previous dwellings on land declared as an archaeological site.”
I have been living in this area since 1991 and frequently visited the archaeological site of Susiya. There never was a single structure in “Arab Susiya” until the late 1990s.
The State Dept. will not believe me. The European Union will not believe me. The United Nations will not believe me.
It is not because I am an “occupier;” it is not because I am a “settler'” and it is not because they care about Arabs, or “Palestinians.”
“Mr. Bean” has the answer in his portrayal of someone at the entrance to Hell, where the devil tells the Christians, “Yes, I am sorry. I am afraid the Jews were right,”
The world cannot admit it, and that is why it adopts the lie of an “Arab Susiya.”