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Sunday, December 07, 2008

That Hebron shooting

The entire weekend, Israel was inundated with stories about two 'settlers' who allegedly randomly shot at Arabs in Hebron in response to the expulsion of Jews from Shalom House in Hebron. And if you read the headlines - even this morning - they say that two 'settlers' turned themselves in as responsible for the shooting. But if you bother to read past the headlines there's a different story:
The two suspects, men in their 40s and 50s, say they faced life danger during the incident and were scared of being lynched by Palestinians. The two men say they fired as an act of self-defense.

Later, the suspects were identified as Gabi Bibi and Ze'ev Brauda. Their attorney, Ariel Atari, told Ynet: "The police possess a film with the details of the Arabs who carried out Brauda's lynching, which required 36 stitches in his head. If we are not dealing with a political probe, we shall xpect the Arabs to be detained tonight while Bibi and Brauda should be released immediately after their interrogation."
Definitely not hotheaded kids. And given that the entire incident is apparently on tape, we should see a conclusion to this one soon. Maybe.


At 11:55 AM, Blogger YMedad said...

If you see the B'tselem tape, at first you can't tell who is who and who attacked first.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Joe said...


According to Orit Strook, of the Human Rights in Yesha (HRY) group, B'tselem's claims are bogus. "From an in-depth analysis of the event we have concluded that the video is an edited fabrication by B'tselem," she said.

The true version of what happened, according to Strook, is that "a Jew from Kiryat Arba descended through the wadi to the scene of the confrontation at Peace House in order to extricate his son from the area.

"A group of Arabs attacked the Jew with rocks in a way that endangered him and he had to fire in order to defend his life," she added. "The Arabs kept on throwing rocks and even wounded the Jew with rocks thrown at his head from close range."

Strook said that Human Rights in Yesha suspects that the Arab who supposedly suffered moderate wounds in the shooting was not really hurt at all, because he is seen getting up onto his feet at a certain point, after being shot.

"We advise the public to stop 'eating the lokshen' [Yiddish for 'believing the lies' – ed.] that B'tselem serves up and to treat their videos with great suspicion," she added.

At 11:57 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

If you throw rocks at me, I will shot you...

unarmed palestinians...



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