Rightwing activists Michael Ben-Ari and Baruch Marzel (Jewish Power), and Bentzi Gopstein (Lehava) on Thursday set a PA flag on fire outside the Rabin Gate of the IDF command camp in midtown Tel-Aviv, near Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s office.
The torching was done in retaliation for the disciplinary punishments imposed on two Kfir brigade soldiers who confiscated and torched a PA flag at a check post near Sh’chem.
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.
IDF soldiers spent the night Tuesday mapping out the home of an Arab terrorist who stabbed and seriously wounded two Jewish workers last week, in preparation for its destruction by morning.
Eight days ago, Ismail Moussa Mahmoud al-Hadidi, 39, stabbed the two Jews at adjacent construction sites in the central Israeli city of Modi’in in what at first appeared to be a possible case of “workplace violence.” Both sustained moderate wounds and were listed in fair condition.
Al-Hadidi, a legal construction worker from the Palestinian Authority who entered pre-1967 Israel daily, was quickly overpowered by other workers at the site. He was arrested and taken into custody.
All of the terrorist’s identity papers were found to be in good order, with proper entry and work permits.
Plans for the destruction of Al-Hadidi’s home in Beit Liqiya, located just over the 1949 Armistice Line (the “Green Line”) near Modi’in, were prepared overnight by combat soldiers from the Duchifat Battalion of the Kfir Brigade. The home was demolished by Israel’s military engineering unit in the wee hours of the morning.
(Gush Etzion) A unit from the IDF’s Shimshon Battalion in the Kfir Brigade along with police captured 2 members of an Arab terror cell in Beit Omer, in Gush Etzion on Saturday night, according to a Tazpit News Agency report.
Searching their house, the IDF found a handgun, an improvised gun, IDF uniforms, gun magazines, bullets, walkie-talkies, ski masks, knives and other IDF equipment, according to the Israeli police.
The two have been transferred to the Shabbak for interrogation.
In the second such incident within 24 hours, a Palestinian Authority Arab has died after attacking IDF soldiers while they were trying to make an arrest.
According to the IDF, soldiers from the Kfir Brigade were carrying out orders in Beit Omar near Gush Etzion late Wednesday night to arrest 24-year-old Mohammed Abu Maria, a wanted PA Arab fugitive.
Abu Maria’s large extended family violently attacked the soldiers during the arrest, according to the IDF. In response, one of the soldiers fired at the legs of one of the attackers. The injured attacker was taken by Red Crescent medics to a local hospital.
As the ambulance left, a larger mob of neighboring villagers surrounded the home and attacked the IDF soldiers, hurling rocks and concrete blocks at the troops. One soldier was injured and was treated at the scene.
Another soldier provided cover fire to allow the unit to safely leave the area. In the melee, one of the violent rioters who were attacking the soldiers was shot and killed. The suspect, meanwhile, managed to escape custody.
Late Tuesday night in a similar situation, a 21-year-old terror suspect was shot during an IDF arrest operation in the Arab village of Burkina, near Jenin. He subsequently died at a hospital in Jenin.
However, the circumstances are not clear: The Border Police officer who fired at Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh was using a Ruger rifle, which fires lower impact rounds than other weapons. In addition, the officer fired at Alawneh’s legs; the hospital in Jenin that received the injured suspect claimed he was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest – and that, despite undergoing surgery.
The IDF has opened an investigation into the incident. Palestinian Authority sources are notorious for spreading disinformation, particularly when it comes to distorting facts about injuries resulting from conflicts with Israeli forces.
A total of 18 security suspects were arrested by the IDF in Judea and Samaria overnight, including two members of the Hamas terrorist organization picked up in Jenin and Qalkilya.
The saga of Kfir Brigade soldiers hitting a Palestinian Authority rioter is not over. The video’s initial and edited appearance showed a shouting match between the rioter and the soldier, who finally pulled him aside and pinned him to the ground. The Arab continued to struggle, and a solider gave him one swift kick.
The video was a sensation. Here were soldiers beating an innocent Arab whose crime was shouting insults at soldiers and disobeying orders to leave the area.
A longer version of the video was posted yesterday and offered clear proof that the Arab was baiting soldiers and trying to draw them into a fight as media chased after them with their cameras in high gear.
In typical “Pallywood” fashion, they snapped pictures at the “right” time but left out anything that might incriminate the rioters and support claims by the soldiers that the Arab assaulted a soldier and tried to grab a rifle.
The Rotter.net website uploaded on Friday a picture of one of the soldiers whose was wounded in the face by a rock thrown by the same rioter, according to the post.
An IDF vehicle overturned and killed a Palestinian Authority terrorist who was hurling firebombs at soldiers during a riot near Ramallah Sunday morning.
One of the soldiers in the vehicle reportedly was lightly injured. The military is investigating.
The terrorist was identified as Abdullah Iyyad Ghane, from a village near Ramallah. He apparently was a member of Hamas, which immediately issued a statement of mourning.
Another riot near Ramallah on Friday was filmed by Arab media that showed soldier beating an Arab while he was pinned to the ground. Soldiers said that the man had tried to grab a rifle of one of the soldiers and attempted to assault him.
The Kfir Brigade soldiers involved in the incident face questioning and possible disciplinary action by the IDF today.
Last week, a Palestinian Authority rioter was killed after he stabbed a solider during a riot.
Expect the U.S. State Dept. this week to issue a statement calling for “both sides to exercise restraint” and for a “proportionate” response by soldiers under a hail of rocks and firebombs.