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Video analysis contradicts Israeli police explanation of alleged ‘terror attack’ in Umm al-Hiran

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The Israeli police stated yesterday (January 18, 2016) that they killed Yaqub Musa Abu al-Qi’an, a Bedouin man when he tried to run them over in a terror attack, in Umm al-Hiran, Northern Negev. Forensic Architecture investigation shows that Abu al-Qi’an was shot before driving over the policemen, and that after the incident the police shot to kill him when already incapacitated.

Forensic Architecture collaborated with Activestills to investigate the killing of the a Bedouin man, Yaqub Musa Abu al-Qi’an, and of a policeman, Erez Levi on January 18, 2017 in the illegalized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the northern Negev.

Shortly before dawn January 18, a large police force raided the village in order to prepare for the demolition of several houses. This demolition was part of a plan to remove the entire village in order to clear the area for the building a new settlement for Jews only. The police said Abu al-Qi’an was involved in a terrorist attack and suggested he had “links to DAESH”. Local residents and activists said the policemen shot Abu al-Qi’an without provocation, and that following this shooting Abu al-Qi’an lost control over his car which went on driving over the policemen.

To investigate the incident Forensic Architecture synchronised videos shot on the ground by members of Activestills with aerial footage released by Israeli police. The video we produced overlays the voiceover of the ground videos over the aerial police footage.

Our analysis shows that:

  • Abu al-Qi’an’s car was proceeding slowly towards the general direction of the policemen when it was shot 3 times.
  • This was followed by a burst of 4 gunshots.
  • 4 seconds after the first shot was fired his car changes course and drove towards a group of policemen.
  • 4 seconds after the first shot was fired his car changes course and drove towards a group of policemen.
  • 6 seconds after the first shot the car hits the policemen.
  • This is followed by a long burst of fire. The car’s horn is heard continuously sounding, suggesting that the driver might be incapacitated.
  • This is followed by a long burst of fire. The car’s horn is heard continuously sounding, suggesting that the driver might be incapacitated.
  • 13 seconds after the first shot the car comes to a standstill.

We can also identify the clear sound of a single gunshot at a time several policemen are seen surrounding the stopped vehicle. This last shot is consistent with what the Israeli security personnel calls “verification of killing” — the shooting to kill of already neutralised people.

About Activestills

Activestills collective was established in 2005 by a group of documentary photographers out of a strong conviction that photography is a vehicle for social and political change. We believe in the power of images to shape public attitudes and raise awareness on issues that are generally absent from public discourse. We view ourselves as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, racism, and violations of the basic right to freedom.

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Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, that undertakes advanced architectural and media research on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations, as well as political and environmental justice groups. To learn more visit forensic-architecture.org.

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6 Responses

  1. amigo
    amigo
    January 19, 2017, 7:17 pm

    If I was being fired at by those trigger happy thugs , I too would change direction and “Take down” as many as possible.

    They were legitimate targets the second they started shooting .

  2. Mike Hite
    Mike Hite
    January 19, 2017, 10:43 pm

    Off topic. There was an article here at Mondoweiss where an Israeli soldier admitted there was an operation to incite Palestinians to violence can someone provide the link to the article?

  3. Talkback
    Talkback
    January 20, 2017, 3:13 am

    Here’s what I see and hear:

    Drives slowly by
    Gets racially profiled and attacked by a Jewish terrrorist.
    Accelerates to excape getting murdered.
    Gets more shots from another Jewish terrorist.
    Looses control and drives into a car.
    Jewish terrorist overkill him.

    All of that happening in the larger frame of Jewish terrorists demolishing Nonjewish homes to make room for Jews.

    It’s just the continuation of the Jewish terror and expulsion campagne since 1948.

  4. elian kteily
    elian kteily
    January 22, 2017, 12:45 pm

    THEY ARE TRIGGER HAPPY THE LAND BELONG TO PALESTINIANS

    they can go back to where they came from and peace will reign then…..

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