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Video: Palestinian killed in Jerusalem was not a threat

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Fadi Aloon, 19, had his back to police and was walking away when he was gunned down before dawn last Sunday, a new video published today by Local Call (+972 Magazine’s Hebrew sister-news blog) revealed.

The footage is the third recording of the killing posted online and shows Aloon, an East Jerusalem resident from the Issawiya neighborhood, tracing the tracks of Jerusalem’s light rail line near Damascus Gate moments after he allegedly stabbed 15-year old Israeli Moshe Malka.

Following the shooting, Aloon’s family said the youth posed no threat to security officers at the time he was killed, according to the Guardian. A video released earlier in the week in which several Israelis are heard shouting “shoot him” to police was not conclusive on that score. The video is dark and blurry and Aloon is out of frame at the time shots were fired.

The new recording shows Aloon walking towards the western portion of the city—almost aimlessly—occasionally turning to face onlookers deriding him. When a police vehicle approaches Aloon is immediately fired upon; officers did not call out to Aloon to stop, or check if he was armed with a knife that was used in the stabbing attack.

“After viewing the film it can’t be denied that Israeli police officers killed a person in cold blood, when he wasn’t a danger to anyone and they should be tried for it,” wrote Local Call’s John Brown who published the latest video. “Even a person that stabbed another has a right not to be executed by the police, even with pressure from the crowd,” continued Brown.

After the attack Malka was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for moderate wounds.

Aloon’s remains are still held in Israeli custody. A Jerusalem court announced today he will soon be transferred to his family for a burial in Issawiya, but not without restrictions. Once the body is handed over, the funeral must take place immediately with no more than 50 persons present, and the Aloon family will have to pay $5,250 (20,000NIS) in fees.

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  1. italian ex-pat on October 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

    According to the Israeli police version of this event, two claims are made:

    a) Alloun is the person who stabbed the 15-year old Israeli. And
    b) he was still wielding the knife when he was shot.

    My question – aside from wondering why he wouldn’t get rid of the incriminating knife – is : shouldn’t it be easy to confirm whether or not he was in fact the stabber, by checking the knife for blood/DNA belonging to the victim of the stabbing? Any mention of this in the Israeli media?

  2. Roger of the desert on October 9, 2015, 9:35 pm

    “the Aloon family will have to pay $5,250 (20,000NIS) in fees.” Was it the Nazis or the Russians that required families to pay for the bullets that killed their loved ones? $5,200 buys a lot of bullets to further the occupation

    • Another Dave on October 10, 2015, 12:10 am

      Not sure about the Nazis, I thought they just took your stuff before murdering you. (or shipping you off to be murdered)
      The Soviets would take your stuff, and might murder you.

      It is the Chinese who are currently charging the family of people who are executed for the cost of the round.

    • johneill on October 10, 2015, 2:11 am

      I thought it was the Chinese during the cultural revolution – in any case it’s not a democratic practice so much as another infringement of civil and human rights in an increasingly fascist state.

  3. iResistDe4iAm on October 10, 2015, 1:44 am

    “Once the body is handed over, the funeral must take place immediately with no more than 50 persons present, and the Aloon family will have to pay $5,250 (20,000NIS) in fees.”

    Worse than the Mafia: Israel murders Palestinians in cold blood, then uses the corpse to extort the family of the dead.

    Israel can shove the shekels where they belong.
    And what’s it going to do to the thousands of Palestinians who show up for the funeral? Shoot them too?

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