New video disproves settler version of Silwan shooting

From the Wadi Hilweh Information Center:

Wadi Hilweh Information Center video reveals that the testimony given by the guard who killed Samer Sarhan last week Wednesday is invalid. The video recording was aired on Israeli Channel Two News.

The killer told the Israeli police that the incident had occurred when he was trying to defend himself from a planned ambush. He claimed that the street in Wadi Hilweh where he was driving was blocked by garbage containers, and that after stopping, his Jeep did not start. He claimed that after he stepped out of the vehicle, Palestinian residents began throwing stones at him – according to the claims – and that he had to shoot to defend himself. As a result Samer Sarhan was killed.

However, the video camera which was unveiled by Wadi Hilweh Information Center clearly shows that the street was not blocked and that the killer had fled in his vehicle immediately after the shooting.

It should be noted that the Israeli police accepted the shooter’s version and released him to his home less than 24 hours following the incident. This leads the residents of Silwan to fear that the settlement guards have complete freedom to use their weapons as they deem fit.

Silwan residents often complain about the conduct of the settlement guards. For example, on June 2nd, settlers’ guards tried to disperse demonstrators despite the presence of Israeli police at the scene, wounding one of the mosque personnel, Ayoub Mazen Auda, in the leg, and attacked a photographer of Silwanic, Ahmed Siyam. To our knowledge, the guards were not arrested or tried for their assault.

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  1. potsherd says:

    It would be interesting to see what would happen if the Palestinians hired guards to protect them.

  2. annie says:

    at 1:21 in this video the announcer is claiming ” here , we can already see a local residence throwing stones at the jeep” . the screen shows a person, but it’s not clear he was throwing stones. plus, if he was it could have been because the jeeped stopped for the purpose of firing a weapon. i guess i am just not seeing any group of people throwing stones.

  3. clenchner says:

    It’s funny how in Israel the top cop or officer on the scene will use this officious language to say a bunch of crap, only to be shown as a liar or mistaken later on.
    One of the (many) splits in Israeli society is between those who have seen the lies up close, and those who never see them, or think they are anomalies.
    I remember in 1988, when news that an Israeli army bulldozer had buried some Palestinians alive in the West Bank. My mother and I were listening to the news on the radio, in a kind of stunned silence. (Ah, the days when the news update could be heard from every shop, apartment, bus and car!)

    When it was over she turned to me and said – paraphrasing here – ‘Jesus H. Christ, all those stories you tell me about what Israel does in the territories, it’s not all lies and Arab propaganda….’

    Until that very moment, it simply hadn’t occurred to her to question the official narrative, sort of like a jury disposed to accept any story from a cop.

    Nowadays though, folks in Israel are inoculated. They sort of already know about the lies and the crimes. Only…. they don’t care, they’ve lost the capacity to feel shock, it’s all ‘been there, done that.’

    Going to Haaretz in Hebrew to see what’s up with this story.

    • Shmuel says:

      Nowadays though, folks in Israel are inoculated. They sort of already know about the lies and the crimes. Only…. they don’t care, they’ve lost the capacity to feel shock, it’s all ‘been there, done that.’

      You must hang out with a rarefied crowd. My impression is that the mechanisms of denial and justification are still firmly in place. Take the last war in Lebanon, the Gaza massacre, the Mavi Marmara. Israelis still argue passionately about Arab lies, Israeli self-defense, international hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, and Arab responsibility for whatever happens. I find it amazing how much faith Israelis still have in the army, the police, the Civil Administration, and their respective spokespeople – even when presented with evidence to the contrary. Politicians are another story, but that’s kind of a global phenomenon. I find it amazing how much stock Israelis still put in the “official version” of history and founding mythology they have been taught, in a supposedly post-ideological era.

      • Chu says:

        “I find it amazing how much faith Israelis still have in the army, the police, the Civil Administration, and their respective spokespeople – even when presented with evidence to the contrary.”

        -do they fear the political/military establishment or are they too blase to do anything about it?

        • Shmuel says:

          do they fear the political/military establishment or are they too blase to do anything about it?

          They actually trust the military/defence/security establishment. The Shin Bet is your friend.

        • Chu says:

          “The Shin Bet is your friend.” :D

          did the left emigrate in large majority
          or did they just dissolve into moderates?

        • Avi says:

          They actually trust the military/defence/security establishment. The Shin Bet is your friend.

          And they are often glorified in the mainstream media. For example, Ma’ariv, the daily tabloid, often prints these so-called exposés in which an “anonymous high ranking official” would disclose details about a recent Shin Bet or military operation or what not.

          (In fact, such information is deliberately leaked to the press for the purposes of propaganda).

          So, the populace is riveted with these stories of heroism and success and they lap them up, along with the daily dose of We’re surrounded by knife wielding Arabs.

        • Shmuel says:

          did the left emigrate in large majority
          or did they just dissolve into moderates?

          A bit of the former and a lot of the latter. Although the actual left, was never very big in the first place.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          Not to beat this point into the ground over and over again, but… that’s exactly how the Holocaust was permitted to happen. German citizens trusted their government and military to deal with the “Jewish problem” they were duped into thinking they had, and didn’t really care how it was dealt with.

      • clenchner says:

        The ‘truth’ lies somewhere in between. I think about folks who actually participated in the expulsions of 1948. One day, they would repeat the lie that Palestinians were not expelled, the next day they’d reminisce about how Arab Haifa was mostly depopulated.
        This looks like folks deliberately lying. And when it comes to politicians and such, it certainly is. But salt of the earth types often hold the facts in one part of the brain, and loyalty to Israel propaganda in the other. The two are rarely put together.
        In that sense, yes, there is denial, folks who trust the party line and reject accusations of torture, massacre, etc. But in that crowd there are folks with military background who have done those things, and shared the stories with close friends and relatives. They know and don’t know at the same time.

      • tree says:

        My impression is that the mechanisms of denial and justification are still firmly in place. Take the last war in Lebanon, the Gaza massacre, the Mavi Marmara. Israelis still argue passionately about Arab lies, Israeli self-defense, international hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, and Arab responsibility for whatever happens. I find it amazing how much faith Israelis still have in the army, the police, the Civil Administration, and their respective spokespeople – even when presented with evidence to the contrary.

        I’m beginning to think that Israel is one big multigenerational cult.

  4. potsherd says:

    Naturally this revelation has not resulted in an arrest or indictment of the murderer.