Video: Israeli mob attacks Eritrean, mistaking him for Bedouin assailant

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An Eritrean national shot by an Israeli security guard after he was surrounded by a frenzied mob of Israelis in a Beersheva bus station in southern Israel Sunday night died today of wounds sustained during the assault. A video circulating on social media shows the man, Haftom Zarhum, 29, lying on the floor in a pool of blood after the shooting. While security officials attempted to stave off the crowd, one Israeli threw a bench at Zarhum, others kicked him. 

Zarhum was attacked when traveling to his home in a community near the border of Gaza, moments after a Bedouin man stabbed an Israeli police officer inside the same bus station. The Bedouin man, identified by local media as Mohanned al-Akrabi, 21, from the town of Hura, then grabbed the injured officer’s weapon and fired several rounds as he attempted to exit the bus station, killing one and injuring 11.

Israeli police shot and killed al-Akrabi.

African asylum seeker community holds a memorial ceremony for Haltom Zarhum, killed by an Israeli security guard in a bus station in souther Israel after he was misidentified by a mob as a Palestinian attacker. (Photo: Facebook)

African asylum seeker community holds a memorial ceremony for Haltom Zarhum, killed by an Israeli security guard in a bus station in souther Israel after he was misidentified by a mob as a Palestinian attacker. (Photo: Facebook)

“We are really sad and we cannot condemn anyone at this stage until we see the result of the investigation,” said Mutasim Ali, an asylum seeker from Sudan and the executive director of the Tel Aviv-based African Refugee Development Center. “The one thing that we ask the government in particular is, the police and the security authorities, is to have more training to identify the suspects to not have anything like this happen again.”

Zahrum was living in Israel where he was seeking asylum. Monday morning, hundreds of African asylum seekers held a memorial in his honor at Holot prison, a desert detention facility where Israel holds nearly 600 Africans seeking refugee status in Israel.

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  1. Mooser
    October 19, 2015, 1:24 pm

    This was the “terrorist attack on Beersheva” “Jon s” reported.

    But I guess the “Beersheeva terrorist attack” has passed into history, and “Jon s” will be teaching his history students about it. And he will, no doubt, ‘stand a-tip-toe when this day is mentioned,’ being a survivor of the attack.

    • phacepalm
      October 20, 2015, 5:37 am

      Holy crap. I never looked at his profile and did not realize jon s is a “An Israeli history teacher,long-time activist on the Israeli Left”.

      If this zionist clown is a either a “history teacher” or the “israeli left”, then god save us all.

    • lysias
      October 20, 2015, 10:28 am

      The report on this incident on the PBS News Hour last night omitted the crucial fact that the Eritrean died (unless I missed it, which I doubt, because I was listening carefully).

  2. Qualtrough
    October 19, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Another proud moment in Zionist history. But we mustn’t forget that it is the Palestinians who are the savages.

  3. elephantine
    October 19, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Oh Israel, you lose your mind and your humanity more and more every day. This, again, is unbelievably disgusting. It’s not an isolated event. Sorry but this is a very sick society. How can anyone debate that?… this is nuts.

  4. a blah chick
    October 19, 2015, 3:56 pm

    In a video I saw last night I am sure I saw an IDF guy running AWAY from the shooting…with his rifle in hand.

    Must be a Gaza vet.

  5. a blah chick
    October 19, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Via Twitter:

    Mike S. Omer-Man [email protected] 3h3 hours ago
    Ch. 2 reports that two suspects in the lynching of an Eritrean man are law enforcement officers.

    Go figure.

  6. elephantine
    October 19, 2015, 5:33 pm

    (My first attempt at a comment got stuck in moderation, I think?!)

    Oh Israel, you lose your mind and your humanity more and more every day. This, again, is unbelievably disgusting. It’s not an isolated event. Sorry but this is a very sick society. How can anyone debate that?… this is nuts!

  7. Kate
    October 19, 2015, 6:28 pm

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.681234

    Why Israel’s unwritten ‘shoot to kill’ police is so dangerous

    Haaretz Steven Klein

    . . . Until last year, security services somehow knew how to apprehend stabbers without killing them. In the last two decades knifings in public places were rare, so there were few occasions in which the security forces acted. But, in all seven documented cases between November 1993 and November 2014, the terrorist was apprehended ​rather than killed, according to one comprehensive survey.

    That trend continued in early 2015, when one knife-wielding terrorist was shot in the leg and apprehended, another was tackled by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and a third was wrestled to the ground by the soldier he had attacked.

    Since September, however, death has been the fate of most knife-wielding Palestinians. Our leaders have, in part, set the stage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his “zero tolerance for terror” last month. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan declared that “every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he is about to commit.” Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri said, “Anyone who stabs Jews or hurts innocent people is due to be killed.” Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid said, “You have to shoot to kill anyone who pulls out a knife or screwdriver.” And Nir Barkat called on Israeli civilians to carry their guns.

    No one at the top echelons is questioning this unwritten shoot to kill policy or the dangers of vigilantism.
    . . .

  8. Herchel
    October 19, 2015, 6:59 pm

    zahrum’s death was a tragic mistake… And completely foreseeable by the true perpetrator of the attack. His blood is on the hands of the terrorist who committed this stabbing attack.

    Interesting how Israelis are criticized for what even the leaders of the asylum-seekers says could be a mistake. But when Palestinians intentionally attack similarly situated civilians simply going about their business, it is either given no attention or justified in the name of “resistance”

    Thanks you to the author of this piece for illustrating the double standard to which Israel is held by its detractors.

    • a blah chick
      October 19, 2015, 10:16 pm

      So, the attacker is responsible not just for the deaths he caused but for the deaths the Israelis committed, because he should have known that the Jews of Israel have been whipped into a frenzy of homicidal blood lust and will attack and/or kill anyone who looks swarthy or black.

      By the by, how many soldiers in that bus terminal ran from the attacker?

    • Leahj
      October 19, 2015, 10:41 pm

      “And completely foreseeable by the true perpetrator of the attack. His blood is on the hands of the terrorist who committed this stabbing attack.”

      Well, of course. The true perpetrator must have realized that Israeli law enforcement, joined by a lynch mob spewing hatred, would murder an Eritrean asylum seeker, who they decided looked kinda’ like a Bedouin. That was to be expected. And what if their victim were a Bedouin? He could still have been perfectly innocent of any crime, right? He could have been one of those innocent Bedouins. But, although the guy they killed was clearly unarmed & greatly outnumbered, they chose against taking him into custody & questioning/interrogating him, opting to execute him instead, with no real evidence of his guilt. The late true perpetrator, evil genius that he was, knew they were going to do that.

    • Leahj
      October 19, 2015, 10:52 pm

      Btw, it’s pretty ironic that the victim was seeking asylum in Israel, because he couldn’t feel safe in his former country.

      • Kathleen
        October 20, 2015, 9:01 am

        Indeed

    • Marnie
      October 20, 2015, 12:28 am

      @Herchel

      “Zahrum’s death was a tragic mistake…”
      “His blood is on the hands of the terrorist who comitted this stabbing attack.”

      Seriously? Mr. Haftom Zahrum’s MURDER was not a “tragic mistake”, it was a LYNCHING. The zionist state likes whites and very light browns. Mr. Zahrum’s blood is on the hands of the zionist state, whose racist policies and hate-mongering fear of the other festivals have been nurturing an atmosphere of racial intolerance for decades and this is the fruit. How dare you blame this MURDER on anything else. Herchel, you’re a new name on the block but talking the same shit as so many before you. Your posts are the self-indulgent whining and bitching about “poor Israel” that is the hallmark of hasbara. Good job on being a tool. Too bad you’re so blinded by some warped sense of loyality that you can’t see the damage this blanket approval, ask no questions and hands off attitude regarding the zionist enterprise will do to your soul. It’s corrosive, like battery acid.

      Don’t be expecting any cheerleading for Zion on these pages. Anyone with even half a melon on their shoulders can see this is not a site propagandizing for the zionist state. This site is to report the truth about the zionist state and it is horrifying. If you don’t like what you see here, have the sense to move on, or, better yet read the articles and the posts, but with your Must Defend Israel tool disengaged and think for yourself. Otherwise, there’s lots of pro-zionist rags for you to get all the feel good ’bout Israel news your stomach can handle and then some, because according to some of those sites, there is no such thing as Palestine or Palestinians, just Greater and Greater Israel – whoopee!

    • Qualtrough
      October 20, 2015, 12:50 am

      @Herchel

      “zahrum’s death was a tragic mistake… And completely foreseeable by the true perpetrator of the attack. His blood is on the hands of the terrorist who committed this stabbing attack.”

      Indeed, but no blood is on the hands of the Israelis who killed this man, right? Thank you for illustrating your mastery of mental gymnastics in coming up with a perfect 10 in the diversion category.

    • diasp0ra
      October 20, 2015, 1:56 am

      Oh what nonsense,

      If anything, this shows the random nature of killing Israeli mobs do, and how this lends even less credibility to the frequency of the claims of knife attacks, as this Israeli posed no threat to anyone and was still hunted down on the mere suspicion of being a Palestinian.

      You know as much as I do that it would have been an attempted “terrorist attack” by him if he had turned out to be a Palestinian.

    • John O
      October 20, 2015, 3:05 am

      Mistake? MISTAKE?? You don’t kick an injured human being to death by mistake.

      • Jackdaw
        October 21, 2015, 12:21 pm

        @John0

        “Mistake? MISTAKE?? You don’t kick an injured human being to death by mistake. ”

        John. Your mistake is in your rush to judgment.

        The Eritrean victim died as a result of gunshot wounds, not from being kicked death.

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4714408,00.html

    • Jackdaw
      October 20, 2015, 5:17 am

      “An Eritrean national shot by an Israeli security guard after he was surrounded by a frenzied mob of Israelis.. ”

      Another example of Allison’s dyslexic reporting.

      Allison. The Eritrean national was shot BEFORE he was surrounded by a frenzied mob.
      The security camera shows him crawling in the lobby right after the terrorist attack. Police enter the scene and shoot the Eritrean, mistaking him for the terrorist( because he was so close to the body of the murdered Israeli soldier). The disgusting mob scene would follow.

      • John O
        October 20, 2015, 11:25 am

        So frigging what, Jackdaw?

        If he’d just been shot then there was an armed security guard, soldier or police officer on the spot, who just let the mob beat the poor bastard to death.

      • Jackdaw
        October 20, 2015, 1:05 pm

        “So frigging what, Jackdaw? ”

        So…don’t you want an accurate chronology?

      • John O
        October 20, 2015, 4:02 pm

        @Jackdaw

        The accurate chronology – if your description is correct – just makes what happened even worse: people who are supposed to uphold the law, and who should have exercised control, just let a mob kick an innocent man to death.

      • amigo
        October 20, 2015, 6:20 pm

        “So…don’t you want an accurate chronology?” jackduh

        Not from a zio troll who does not know the truth from a hole in the ground , even if his head in buried in it.

        And cut the hair splitting.It leaves your arguments with frayed ends .

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 7:10 pm

        “The disgusting mob scene would follow.”

        One man’s “disgusting mob scene” is another man’s heroic demonstration of Tribal Unity. Gee, Jackdaw, how would you like it if your particular piece of occupied ground was attacked and nobody helped you? You are as dependent on the “disgusting mob scene” as anybody else colonizing occupied territory. IDF can’t be everywhere.

      • Jackdaw
        October 21, 2015, 12:22 pm

        @John0

        He wasn’t kicked to death.

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4714408,00.html

      • Annie Robbins
        October 21, 2015, 12:52 pm

        oh please! had he received medical attention in a timely fashion instead of being mauled by a mob for god knows how long while bleeding to death he probably wouldn’t have died. and that’s aside from (many) past incidences where israeli autospy reports act in the service of the expilation of israeli culpability.

      • Mooser
        October 21, 2015, 1:12 pm

        So if the Eritrean man died of gunshot wounds, we have a Jewish mob mutilating and desecrating a corpse? Now, that is by far the better alternative!

      • eljay
        October 21, 2015, 1:51 pm

        || Mooser: So if the Eritrean man died of gunshot wounds, we have a Jewish mob mutilating and desecrating a corpse? Now, that is by far the better alternative! ||

        Well, sure. The mob is just reg’lar folks being reg’lar folks. Like the rapist’s buddies: Yes, they did have sex with the victim (who wouldn’t, right?), but they’re not the ones who kidnapped her, chained her in his basement and beat her black and blue, so don’t go getting all mad at them.

      • Jackdaw
        October 21, 2015, 2:59 pm

        @Annie

        The autopsy said the eight bullets wounds he received caused his death.

        BTW. The security officer who shot the Eritrean victim is named Ziad. I believe he is an Israeli-Arab.

        http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Eritrean-asylum-seeker-killed-by-bullets-not-mob-violence-autopsy-finds-428620

      • talknic
        October 21, 2015, 7:29 pm

        Jackdaw “The autopsy said the eight bullets wounds he received caused his death”

        Bullets were the instrument, not the cause. The actual cause of death was being thought not to be a Jew.

        Israelis are so sick they beat up on a corpse? Is that what you’re trying to say?

        “The security officer who shot the Eritrean victim is named Ziad. I believe he is an Israeli-Arab”

        and/so/point?

        There are plenty of Israeli Arab Jews. Israel was predominantly Arab by 1950 http://wp.me/pDB7k-19Y

    • lysias
      October 20, 2015, 10:32 am

      When blacks were lynched in the old Jim Crow South, it was often after a woman had actually been raped. But the man they lynched was often innocent, and even a guilty man should have been put on trial.

      Israel is at least as bad as the Jim Crow South.

      • Leahj
        October 21, 2015, 2:27 am

        lysias, “When blacks were lynched in the old Jim Crow South, it was often after a woman had actually been raped.”

        That’s been a commonly held belief in this country since even before that old film, ‘The Birth of a Nation’. It almost excuses lynchings, as other people think ‘Well, if my daughter, wife, mother or sister were raped, I’d want to kill the guy, too’. Problem is, that isn’t why most of those thousands of black people were lynched. Less than 20% were accused of raping anybody. And of the roughly 19% who were, many of the women eventually recanted, or were found to have simply lied about being attacked, after it was too late.

        They were primarily lynched for being ‘uppity’, for not knowing their place. Willie James Howard, 15 years old, a little bit ‘slow’, but always happy & friendly , was lynched for giving a white girl a Xmas card. Jesse Thornton was lynched for referring to a white man without using the title ‘mister’. Jeff Brown was lynched for accidentally bumping into a white girl while he was running to catch a train. Black soldiers, returning from the battlefield, were lynched for refusing to take off their military uniforms on demand.

        Black people were often “lynched for social grievances like speaking disrespectfully, refusing to step off the sidewalk, using profane language, using an improper title for a white person, suing a white man, arguing with a white man, bumping into a white woman, and insulting a white person”.

      • Leahj
        October 21, 2015, 2:40 am

        lysias, From EJI –

        ‘ Congress never passed an anti-lynching bill, instead capitulating to Southern politicians who argued that such legislation constituted racial “favoritism”…’

        Can’t make this stuff up.

    • Mooser
      October 20, 2015, 11:17 am

      “zahrum’s death was a tragic mistake… “

      Herchel, are you calling Israeli History Teacher and Beersaheva resident “Jon s” a liar! Are you saying a landsmann is telling a bald-faced lie?

      Don’t worry, by some miracle (Praise He, the Holy One, Lord of Hosts) “Jon s” his family and his student escaped death. It was a close thing.
      There was a “terrorist attack” at Beersheva, which was successfully defended against, and the terrorist killed. That’s what “Jon s” says. Is he (God forbid) lying on purpose?

      • amigo
        October 20, 2015, 6:12 pm

        Mooser , give Jon S a break.There are only 205,000 people in Beerasheva.Jon S survived against all the odds.It,s a war story he can tell his grandkids when he is back in the good ole US of A and safe from the daily existential threat of death on the frontier of civilization.He does all this for you and I.

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 7:05 pm

        “It,s a war story he can tell his grandkids”

        His grandkids? He could do an entire week on it in the classroom! Field trips, papers assigned, pop quiz, role playing, a real educational experience. To prevent cheating, all research must be done at approved websites.

    • Boo
      October 21, 2015, 6:18 pm

      Lynch mob, plain and simple. No excuse for barbarism.

  9. Zaghlul
    October 19, 2015, 9:42 pm

    A mistake is when you trip over a curb or drop a a pot on the floor. This was a frenzied mob of murderers murdering a black man in cold blood – kill now, ask questions later.

    • just
      October 20, 2015, 12:31 am

      Absolutely correct, Zaghlul. Thank you.

    • Leahj
      October 20, 2015, 1:55 am

      Zaghlul, That’s true, but we must give credit where credit’s due. Claiming the man’s death was merely an unavoidable ‘oopsy’, is at least an improvement over Bibi’s favorite, claiming the Palestinians did it, just to make Israel look bad.

  10. Leahj
    October 20, 2015, 7:46 am

    diasp0ra, Your post reminded me of this piece I read on 972 Mag. It’s by a young Palestinian-Israeli woman named Towibah Majdoob.

    ” Today I am afraid that my Israeli neighbor will discover my Handala necklace, which I have been wearing for years, and call the police. Today I fear that my Israeli neighbor will find out that Arabic is my native tongue, and that my small apartment in Tel Aviv is the source of the smells of majadra and pita with za’atar that fill the building, and that my computer speakers are the ones playing the voice of Umm Kulthum in the evening.

    Today I will try to hide my ‘R’s and ‘A’s, every suspiciously prounounced letter in my speech, so that the Israelis do not suspect me. So that neither the police nor an armed passerby executes me.

    I do not want my very existence to worry anyone. In my small bag are several academic articles — Edward Said’s “The Betrayal of the Intellectuals” — and a small purse embroidered by a Palestinian woman from the Negev, which I bought two autumns ago. There is also a driver’s license and a photo of my mom, who passed away 10 years ago. I look at her every time I miss her, or whenever I am afraid I might forget what she looks like.

    I am afraid someone will be worried by my Arab facial features and decide to kill me on live television. If soldiers surround me with their guns pointed, how will I convince them that I cook my own food, that I recently found out that I even cook well (and savor the cooking experience), but have yet to master using the big knife? How will I convince them that I am afraid of large or even medium-sized knives? If they surround me, how will I convince them that I can only use a small fruit knife to slice meat, or that I am afraid of all knives? How will I convince them that I am a PhD student at Tel Aviv University?

    Today I am afraid that someone will be afraid of me. Today I am afraid of everything around me. Afraid that someone will knock on my door.

    Today I was afraid I would mistakenly call my brother by his name, Arafat, when he called to ask how I was doing while I was walking outside. I was afraid to say: “Hello, ahlan, Arafat,” lest they suspect and execute me.

    We live here and we understand our blood is cheap — cheaper than anything you can imagine. “

    • Kathleen
      October 20, 2015, 9:05 am

      Thanks

    • Boo
      October 21, 2015, 7:32 pm

      “Today I will try to hide my ‘R’s and ‘A’s, every suspiciously prounounced letter in my speech, so that the Israelis do not suspect me.”

      Four thousand years ago you’d be victimized if you said “Sibboleth” instead of “Shibboleth”:

      “[The Israelites] said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.'” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.”
      — Judges 12:6

  11. hophmi
    October 20, 2015, 9:25 am

    How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers?

    • diasp0ra
      October 20, 2015, 9:52 am

      What does that have to do with this? What does that have to do with anything? Is an evil act permissible because there are more evil acts out there?

      What exactly is your point?

      • echinococcus
        October 20, 2015, 10:15 am

        Hophmi’s point is that he deleted (inadvertently, I’m sure) the keyword in the question:
        “How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many Goys have been shot by Israeli police officers?”

    • eljay
      October 20, 2015, 10:13 am

      || hophmi: How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers? ||

      This is an example of both:
      – whataboutism (American cops shoot blacks, so Israel has a right to shoot blacks, too); and
      – score-keeping (American cops have shot n blacks, so Israel has a right to shoot up to but not more than n blacks).

    • Kris
      October 20, 2015, 10:26 am

      Maybe you could tell us, hophmi. Google is your friend, try searching for the answers to your questions.

      You might want to read this, too: http://www.salon.com/2015/10/19/your_walls_will_never_cage_our_freedom_black_palestinian_solidarity_video_goes_viral/ . From the article:

      “We are not statistics,” Black and Palestinian narrators proclaim in unison, as they draw attention to the racist violence to which both of their communities are subjected. “When I see them, I see us.”

      Over 60 leading Black and Palestinian activists, artists, and scholars appear in a new video by Black-Palestinian Solidarity. The video, which was trending on Facebook the day after it was released, features musician Lauryn Hill, actor Danny Glover, author Alice Walker, musician and filmmaker Boots Riley, hip hop group DAM, actor Yousef Erakat, scholar Cornel West, and many more.

      • Leahj
        October 21, 2015, 4:24 am

        Kris, Beautiful! Thank you.

    • Mooser
      October 20, 2015, 11:21 am

      “How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers?”

      Wow, “Hophmi” is right. How many American Black men have been shot by “Israeli police officers”? Probably very few.

      Gosh, that Hophmi can find the gaping holes in our logic, can’t he?

      So, Hophmi, I take it the question about American Police shooting Black Men is “Is this good for the Jews, or bad for the Jews”?

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 12:33 pm

        “and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers?”

        How many of them “be Israeli police officers?” Right again, Hophmi, probably none of the “Black men shot unjustifiably by American police officers” “be Israeli police officers”.

        How’re those two outreach foundations working out Hoph?

    • Keith
      October 20, 2015, 4:23 pm

      HOPHMI- “How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers?”

      You are quite correct to call attention to the fact that the militarization of the US police has turned them into a de facto occupation force. And while Blacks have always been disproportionately targeted, neoliberalism will soon turn most of the 99% into a powerless society to be pacified.

      It is no accident that US police forces have received Israeli training. This is a niche industry for Israel, capitalizing on their vast experience controlling the Palestinians via their well developed matrix of control. Since neoliberalism inevitably breeds resistance, Israeli expertise is in high demand as Jeff Halper documents in “War Against the People.” Furthermore, the integration of US and Israeli agencies of coercion are quite advanced.

      “The two countries military-industrial-security complexes are integrated to a degree “that it might now seem reasonable to consider them as a single diversified, transnational entity … [f]ueled by the two states ideologies of permanent war.” (p72, “War Against the People,” Jeff Halper).

      Shared values? Indeed, it is well to remember that when we look at Israel we are also looking into a magic mirror which allows us to see ourselves in the near future. The militarization of US society isn’t as advanced as in Israel, but we are getting there.

    • Leahj
      October 21, 2015, 3:54 am

      hophmi, ” How many Black men have been shot unjustifiably by American police officers, and how many have been shot be Israeli police officers?”

      ‘How many’? You’re asking us to just compare the actual numbers? But, Israel has a population of around 8 million, while the US has about 320 million. IOW, we have a full 40 times more people than Israel does, which means a lot more police & a lot more black citizens. Israel has 8 million people altogether, & the US has 42 million African-Americans, & G-d knows how many cops. So, instead of asking ‘how many’, perhaps you should ask ‘what percentage’?

      Also, although you’ve only used the term ‘black men’, I assume the comparison you’re really asking for is between African-Americans unjustifiably shot by our law enforcement agencies, vs. Palestinians (or those who might be mistaken for Palestinians) unjustifiably shot by Israeli police, border patrol, soldiers, etc., in Israel & the Occupied Territories. Is that correct?

    • Leahj
      October 21, 2015, 4:17 am

      hophmi, p.s. I was including Gaza, of course.

  12. lysias
    October 20, 2015, 2:04 pm

    Is it significant that the initial attack in this case was made by a Bedouin? Has that happened before?

    I wonder if it was provoked by the recent attempts to seize Bedouin land by the Israelis.

  13. amigo
    October 20, 2015, 5:53 pm

    Some comments from Israel,s leaders.

    “”We are a country of rule of law,” Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting. “People should not take the law into their own hands.”

    Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said Zerhom’s death is the government’s fault, also calling on people not to take the law into their own hands.

    “What happened was wrong. It was because of the anarchy; people are afraid,” Liberman said at his faction’s meeting.

    And this gem.

    Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelah said that he is ashamed of the Israelis who attacked Zerhom.

    “It should be clear. The security guard shot him as part of his responsibility to defend civilians, and should not be condemned for misidentifying [Zerhom’s]. However, because the rioters thought he was a terrorist, we must remember the moral principle that every IDF soldier is taught: After the enemy is neutralized and is no longer a danger, he should not be harmed,” Shelah said.

    “If we do not maintain our moral advantage and humanity, the terrorists win,” he added.”

    Unless it is a Palestinian , of course.Such unfettered morality , eh.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Eritrean-killed-because-gun-toting-government-officials-turned-Israel-into-Wild-West-427411

    • tree
      October 20, 2015, 6:20 pm

      “However, because the rioters thought he was a terrorist, we must remember the moral principle that every IDF soldier is taught: After the enemy is neutralized and is no longer a danger, he should not be harmed,” Shelah said.

      Is every IDF soldier taught that before or after they are taught how to “confirm the kill”? If it wasn’t so tragic this kind of moral cluelessness would be hilarious.

      From 2006:

      Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl

      An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

      The soldier, who has only been identified as “Captain R”, was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago.

      The manner of Iman’s killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was “scared to death”, made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.

      After the verdict, Iman’s father, Samir al-Hams, said the army never intended to hold the soldier accountable.

      “They did not charge him with Iman’s murder, only with small offences, and now they say he is innocent of those even though he shot my daughter so many times,” he said. “This was the cold-blooded murder of a girl. The soldier murdered her once and the court has murdered her again. What is the message? They are telling their soldiers to kill Palestinian children.”

      The military court cleared the soldier of illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and perverting the course of justice by asking soldiers under his command to alter their accounts of the incident.

      Capt R’s lawyers argued that the “confirmation of the kill” after a suspect is shot was a standard Israeli military practice to eliminate terrorist threats.

      more at link below.

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/nov/16/israel2

      This (“confirming the kill”)has been standard practice for the IDF for decades.

      ‘Another paediatrician and another baker
      Got a bullet in the face from a paratroopers unit
      All day we search houses and kill children’

      – Extract from a song of an Israeli paratroopers’ unit that participated in Operation Calm Waters in Nablus, beginning of 2004.

      On 16 September 2005, the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot published an interview with the commander of the IDF paratroopers unit that came up with that song. “Commander R” described the extraordinarily permissive open-fire rules under which his unit operated when they were based in Nablus, which on some nights mandated the killing of any Palestinian who happened to be seen on the street:

      “My team killed six innocent people, or probably innocent,” says “R”, a commander in an elite paratroopers’ unit. “We would joke about it and give them code names: the baker, the woman, the child, the old man, the drummer. Some of them by mistake, but as I see it, they were simply executed on illegal orders.

      “There were many nights on which we received orders that whoever we see on the street between two and four in the morning is sentenced to death [dino mavet]. Those were the exact words…”

      “The Baker” whose death provided such a source of amusement for the Israeli soldiers who killed him was a 25-year-old Palestinian named Ala Adin Masud Adawiya. He was walking to his job at the a-Silawi Bakery in Nablus at about 3:00am on 18 December 2003 when he was shot once by an IDF sniper, then eight more times from close range as he lay wounded on the ground by IDF soldiers who arrived on the scene in a Jeep to “confirm the kill”. Adawiya was shot because, unbeknown to him, he was walking to work on one of the nights when soldier R’s paratroop unit had received orders that whoever we see on the street between two and four in the morning is sentenced to death…

      http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2009/03/we-wont-chill-till-we-confirm-the-kill-its-not-just-a-slogan-on-a-tshirt-.html

      Note: The two alias “R”s in these separate instances are not the same person.

      • amigo
        October 20, 2015, 6:53 pm

        “If it wasn’t so tragic this kind of moral cluelessness would be hilarious. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/eritrean-mistaking-assailant#comment-155730” tree

        Callousness suggests awareness .I think these maniacs believe what they say.They are worse than a callous person who can possibly change their behaviour.These people are beyond redemption.Regev comes to mind.

    • diasp0ra
      October 21, 2015, 7:20 am

      “It should be clear. The security guard shot him as part of his responsibility to defend civilians, and should not be condemned for misidentifying [Zerhom’s].”

      Wait, are they serious?

      He was literally doing nothing harmful or threatening or suspicious! What grounds did the security guard have to shoot him? What is his reasoning? That the crowd starting yelling “terrorist!”. Does the guard not have a duty to check what’s going on? Does the guard also not have a duty to prevent people from stomping the “suspect” to death?

      No. The guard thought he was Palestinian. Our lives are worth nothing. What’s the worst that could happen? He kills an innocent Palestinian? It could be legitimized by saying it was an attempted terrorist attack and he would become a hero.

      Disgusting.

  14. chocopie
    October 20, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Poor man. What a horrible way to die.

  15. a blah chick
    October 21, 2015, 8:58 am

    It’s not justice but it’s something. Via Haaretz: Israeli Army to Look Into Conduct of Soldiers Who Fled Be’er Sheva Terror Attack: IDF will also examine if soldiers took part in lynching of Eritrean asylum seeker, killed by bystanders who apparently believed him to be a terrorist.

    Guys, those uniforms and rifles are not just for impressing the baristas.

    • Kay24
      October 21, 2015, 10:34 am

      Those Israeli soldiers do not seem as tough as they make out to be. They were reluctant to go into Gaza last year, because they knew they took a big risk not knowing the arena. Yet they sent their precision bombs from afar and killed civilians that way.

      They may think they are tough when it comes to killing unarmed civilians, but it seems when the tables are turned they are a bit yellow. Imagine the reaction if someone arms these Palestinians with the same weapons Israelis have, and are confronted by them! There will be much more fleeing going on there. Remember the cowardly Israeli soldier who looked terrified when a bunch of Palestinian women and children attacked him? What a joke!

      • a blah chick
        October 21, 2015, 7:27 pm

        Well, what do you expect when the most dangerous people you have to deal with are old ladies, children, housewives and maybe some college students or foreign activists. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture that shows less than 3 or 4 guys “arresting” someone. Those are the odds they’re use to, which is why they had their hands full during the ground invasion last year. They simply are not use to fighting people who can fight back. The IDF has grown lazy and soft; no one fears them anymore if they ever did. They need to stop reading their press releases.

        And guess what…they just shot another Israeli Jew thinking he was an Arab!

        I hope the lawsuits are piling up.

      • Boo
        October 21, 2015, 7:39 pm

        Yeah, wait till the next time they pick a fight with Hezbollah.

  16. a blah chick
    October 26, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Well, the lynching of Zarhoum is sure exposing a lot of good, old fashioned incompetence. This was is the TOI yesterday:

    “Daniel Harush, 19, an Israeli soldier critically wounded in an attack at the Beersheba central bus station last week, was likely shot by a police officer rather than the terrorist, a police investigation has found.

    “According to a Channel 2 report Sunday, eyewitnesses said that Harush had managed to shout at police officers that he was an IDF soldier before he was shot.”

    He’s improving but in critical condition. No word on whether anyone sent along apologies

    “The Israel Police has made several arrests in connection with Zarhum’s death. Suspects include two Israel Defense Forces soldiers and an Israeli civilian, who were seen on security camera footage beating Zarhum as he lay on the ground, as well as two members of the Israel Prison Service. The IDF military police is involved in the investigation into the beating.”

    Gee, I hope the IDF goons who beat an unarmed man were not the same ones I saw fleeing the actual shooter, that would look really bad.

    • Mooser
      October 26, 2015, 5:25 pm

      “Daniel Harush, 19, an Israeli soldier critically wounded in an attack at the Beersheba central bus station last week, was likely shot by a police officer rather than the terrorist, a police investigation has found.”

      I’m beginning to think there has been a casualty of the Beersheva “attack”.

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