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WATCH: Security camera captures shooting of Palestinian teenager in Hebron

Last Wedensday, 17-year-old Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah was killed at an IDF checkpoint in Hebron. The army claimed that the young Palestinian drew a fake gun on one of the soldiers, leaving a border policewoman who was near the scene no choice but to shoot him. The Salaymah family said that Muhammad was on his way to a candy store to by a cake for his birthday. Until now, the army refused to release the footage captured by a security camera which monitors the checkpoint.

Today, this clip was posted on the IDF’s Arabic channel. It is hard to tell what’s going on – Muhammad and a soldier can be seen exchanging blows, and it seems that the Palestinian is the first to try and hit the soldier (0:33). The alleged gun cannot be spotted, but the clip – which is slightly edited (0:24) – is very dark. The second soldier comes out to the street and when the soldier and the Palestinian are away from each other, she shoots Muhammad (0:48). Unless the teen was indeed holding a gun, the soldiers don’t seem to be under threat at that moment.

I will try and add some commentary on this issue later this week. Here is a photo of the dead teenager:

Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah, a 17-year-old Palestinian shot to death at an army checkpoint in Hebron

Related:
The heroine vs. the terrorist: A case study in brainwashing
Why was 17-year-old Muhammad killed?

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    1. No Occupation, less likelihood of aggression and violence, No Occupation, less likelihood of aggression and violence, No Occupation…..

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      • Aaron Gross

        Whom are you talking to? A large majority of Israelis believes that less occupation would mean more aggression and violence. Is this how you’ll convince them?

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        • aristeides

          What those Israeli Jews are solely concerned with is aggression and violence directed against them. They are quite accepting of aggression and violence done by them and inflicted on others.

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          • The Trespasser

            By you logic Soviet people during the WWII were supposed to be concerned by the hardship of German soldiers and the German people who’ve worked day and night at great costs.

            Oh, poor Gestapo…

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          • andrew r

            Something doesn’t add up: The person who got shot (We don’t even have confirmation this is Muhammad Salayma in the video) attacked the soldier first, although there’s clearly footage edited out of the video, so even that isn’t a certainty. But if he had a gun on him, why didn’t the soldier make the first move?

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          • aristeides

            Do we know that the soldier could have seen the gun, assuming there was one.

            This is the kind of question that might be answered during the gap in the video.

            I just can’t see a person pulling out a gun and then pummeling someone as it appears he did. If you have a gun, or a gun look-alike, you put it to the person’s head and threaten to shoot, you don’t beat him up.

            Something doesn’t add up.

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    2. Kolumn9

      Thanks for posting the video to 972mag. So, he actually did attack the officers and wasn’t just shot on his way to buy a birthday cake.

      Will this do much to undermine the veracity of ‘internationals’, ‘eyewitnesses’ and ‘family testimony’ in the future when they accuse Israel falsely? Probably not…

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      • Sam

        The only “eyewitness” testimony here was from the Magav. This case doesn’t impugn the credibility of anyone

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    3. aristeides

      I see four police. When the first shot is fired, two police seem to be holding the civilian. Later shots are fired when the civilian is falling backwards, away from any of the police.

      The caption obscures the details right at the point of the shooting.

      There is definitely a skip, right at the point that might explain why he suddenly attacked the policeman.

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      • The Trespasser

        You are delusional yet once again.

        4 police?,
        Nope, only 3.

        The one being attacked, the girl who shoots and another person who comes from right at 00:45 and leaves at 00:48, right before the first shot is fired at 00:49 at near point-blank range when the Palestinian is still wrestling with one of the policemen.

        Running away from the police is always a bad idea, especially if you are innocent.

        The Palestinian had a chance to save his life should he lay on the ground and restrain himself.

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    4. Sol

      You conspiracy nuts are insane.

      There is nothing that could have happened at the 24 skip that explains this, because he calmly walks over to the officer and then right then you can see it in his right hand, he attacks the officer’s head with that thing, consistent with the IDF’s story.

      You guys wouldn’t believe it if you saw it yourself in front of you, admit it.

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      • aristeides

        It’s not a conspiracy that there’s a skip in the video. Anyone can see it. Something happened during that period, and it seems to have set the guy off.

        What matters is the truth, not whether the account supports anyone’s preconceptions of the event. Cutting evidence out of the tape doesn’t serve the truth.

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    5. I don’t think its that hard these days to enhance such footage for clarity, so I suspect what was released is far more ambiguous than what the security services have. The edit is hacked. The boy certainly went into a rage, but unless he produced a gun there seems no reason to open fire. On the other hand, this asks for enormous control and calculus from young soldiers trained to be vigilent and afraid of terrorism.

      That is, the structure of occupation is going to produce predispositions on all parties.

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    6. Philos

      I watched the video several times. The statements issued by the army made it seem like a gun was pulled and the policewoman had an instant to react. Only to discover it was a toy gun. The video contradicts that statement. What we have is a scuffle between the assailant and three to four officers. They could have subdued him without resort to deadly force. An inquest would probably classify this as an unlawful killing had the victim been a Jew. But, he’s a Palestinian so there won’t be an inquest. Furthermore, given what we know about “kravi culture” (eg, one is not kravi until one has killed a terrorist, slept with an officer and gone to army jail) she was probably trigger happy.

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      • TobyR

        Well… the video would support that version of events, but it would also support others. Overall, it’s so unclear that I wouldn’t dare draw any conclusions from it, lapse or no lapse.

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      • The Trespasser

        Dude, you are not even sure how many people are on the video.

        Please leave the analysis to more capable.

        Unlawful killing of an armed assailant?

        Pinnacle of nonsense your claim is.

        p.s. As of “They could have subdued him without resort to deadly force” – I suggest you make an experiment. Get a similar lighter gun, at night time and in poor lit area approach Magav, police or IDF soldiers anywhere in Israel, and do the same as Mohammad did.
        Most important – do not drop your weapon.

        If you live to tell the story it would certainly be a nice case to support the Palestinian struggle – a clear proof of Apartheid (or whatever).

        But of course you won’t do it. Because you lack something Mohammad had? Some call it “guts”, huh?

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        • Philos

          Well, so long as the magav can tell I’m “white” they might kick the crap out of me but they won’t shoot me. Also, the hasbara mill is putting out that the kid was some kind of wrestling champion thus necessitating the shooting because the officers were unable to restrain him… If I’ve learned one thing from “The Usual Suspects” it’s keep your story straight!

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          • The Trespasser

            >Well, so long as the magav can tell I’m “white” they might kick the crap out of me but they won’t shoot me.

            I dare you to find it out.

            If they don’t shoot you I promise to put my best effort into the Palestinian struggle.

            >…because the officers were unable to restrain him…

            Police never – not in one country – tries to restrain an armed person. It simply does not work like that.

            To imply that these officers were supposed to do in is to blatantly lie.

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          • Philos

            Given that I’ve served alongside the Magav, I don’t need to find out. I’ve seen them action. I presume you’re one of those Yankees who came to Israel in his late 20s to discover that he’s too old to join combat so “fights” for Israel by posting odious comments on sites for a liberal audience…

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          • andrew r

            “I dare you to find it out.

            If they don’t shoot you I promise to put my best effort into the Palestinian struggle.”

            http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/13/us-palestinians-israel-idUSTRE7BC18T20111213

            There’s already a live example of Israeli settlers committing the same action against the army that would have gotten them shot had they been Palestinian.

            “Dozens of settlers threw stones at a commander and his deputy, who was lightly injured, an army spokesman said. They also smashed the windows of military vehicles with stones and paint bottles and punctured their tires.”

            Of course the same people awarding “Darwin” awards to Salayma aren’t going to call for shooting these settlers.

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          • Arieh

            I wonder how many instances can you name where settlers murdered Israeli soldiers?

            Hint: Zero

            Now compare this to the threat that Palestinians pose to Israeli soldiers. Here read about it and enjoy it, I am sure you delight in these statistics:

            http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/victims.html

            Now tell me, which army of occupation would treat it’s own citizens the same way that it treats it’s enemy citizens? This nonsense is expected only of Israel. You want racism? that IS racism, Andrew. Old attitudes die hard, don’t they Andrew?

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          • TobyR

            “Now tell me, which army of occupation would treat it’s own citizens the same way that it treats it’s enemy citizens?”

            For other armies of occupation this situation does not occur because their own citizens do not settle in occupied territory, such being illegal under international law (in case you forgot.)

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          • Arieh

            So what you are saying, Toby, is that because of the settlements, the Palestinians have the right to go into Israel proper and murder Israeli civilians in a random fashion?

            And that Israel has no right to set up check points to stop them?

            Hmmmmmmmm, very interesting. I don’t agree but if that is your attitude, then I find it very interesting. However, I could be wrong. Please tell me that I am wrong. I would love to hear you say that but if you do, then please explain what you really meant by your comment.

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          • TobyR

            “So what you are saying, Toby, is that because of the settlements, the Palestinians have the right to go into Israel proper and murder Israeli civilians in a random fashion?”

            No, and that’s the most bizarre twisting of words I have seen in quite some time.
            You asked about what other armies of occupation would do vis-a-vis their own civilian population in an occupied country. Since their are no other armies of occupation in such a situation, your question was inapplicable, irrelevant and nonsensical. That’s all.

            Your bizarre notion that a checkpoint set up in Hebron, deep in the West Bank, has the purpose of stopping potential terrorists from entering Israel proper is likewise nonsensical.

            By the way, you might want to explain to your buddies here that it is in fact an occupation, since you explicitly said that in your initial post.

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          • Kiwi

            Toby: “For other armies of occupation this situation does not occur because their own citizens do not settle in occupied territory, such being illegal under international law (in case you forgot.)”

            And you forgot that territories like East Jerusalem and Gush Etzion are not occupied territories, they are liberated territories because Jews used to live there before the Arabs kicked them out of there in the 1948 war.

            You did not know that? Well now you know.

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          • The Trespasser

            Since under the international law term “occupation” means that (part) of State A is occupied by the army of State B it is not applicable to this situation – there was no “Palestinian” state.

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          • andrew r

            “Now tell me, which army of occupation would treat it’s own citizens the same way that it treats it’s enemy citizens?”

            You might recall Trespasser dared someone who was not Palestinian to do the same thing (“I suggest you make an experiment.”) and I called his bluff. Aim your rebuttal at him.

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    7. The Trespasser

      >I don’t think its that hard these days to enhance such footage for clarity.

      Not really.
      To see clearly whether the boy holds a guy in his right hand you’ll have to increase the resolution of the image, which is not possible – you can enlarge the image but it won’t produce any additional data – pixels would remain the same.

      However it clearly could be seen that at 0:30 the Palestinian draws something from his right pocket and places it next to the policeman’s head.

      >The boy certainly went into a rage, but unless he produced a gun there seems no reason to open fire.

      I suggest you go outside, come to the nearest police unit and attack one of officers with a mobile phone pretending it is a gun or a knife – depending on the phone model.

      Yell something like “I’ll shoot you” or “I’ll cut your pig face”

      Do not obey their orders of course, especially the one where they’ll warn you that if you don’t lie on the ground they’ll shoot you.

      Just post the name of the city you are residing in, so we could follow the news.

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    8. Avi

      Unfortunately again a story with a dead person, in this case we clearly see that the person is attacking and the whole candy store thing seems bullsh*t. If they guy posed a threat, in the middle of the night to those soldiers, what do you expect them to do? Show restraint? I am almost sure that shooting came as a last resort as they couldn’t apprehend him. I read somewhere else that he was a experienced wrestler so needless to say that he was quite powerful and in the eyes of the soldiers, would have posed a threat after they didn’t succeed to arrest him. And if there was only a slightest chance there was toy gun involved … they outcome was unavoidable.

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      • “While the death is tragic, the gene pool is a little better today.”
        You’ve got wonderful friends.

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        • andrew r

          Zionists hate being compared to Nazis, but they sure don’t mind talking like them.

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          • Arieh

            “Zionists hate being compared to Nazis, but they sure don’t mind talking like them.”

            And who do you talk like? You self righteous idiot.

            A number of people predicted Larry’s blog that no matter what evidence would be presented, you dudes will not believe any of it.

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          • aristeides

            What evidence presented by the video is being disbelieved?

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          • Arieh

            “What evidence presented by the video is being disbelieved?”

            None of it? Cool. Then what are you guys complaining about?

            How about the bit where one of you is questioning whether it was really necessary to shoot?

            I don’t know about you but if I would see one of my friends threatened with what seems to be a pistol, I would ask questions later if you get my drift.

            What would you do?

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          • aristeides

            For one thing, the video doesn’t make the presence of a pistol clear, and it seems there is a scuffle, not one person holding a gun to the head of another.

            If this is so, one might question the necessity to shoot – and particularly the necessity to shoot so many times, after it’s clear the person shot is no longer possibly a threat.

            There is also the question of why the ambulance wasn’t allowed to take him to the hospital.

            What the video does make clear and which I see no one doubting is that he attacked the guard and the other guard fired.

            But it leaves unanswered the question why.

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          • The Trespasser

            There is an obvious answer yet some seem not to accept it.

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          • The Trespasser

            >There is also the question of why the ambulance wasn’t allowed to take him to the hospital.

            And who exactly claimed that?
            The very same people who’ve earlier lied that Mohammad was shot just for fun, that the kid got no gun but a cake?

            It is very simple to check when the ambulance was allowed to the kid – time of shooting is known, there is no problem to find out when the call was received by a hospital and when the body was delivered to hospital/morgue – or when doctors stated death, yet is was not published by any source.

            Why? To allow more lies?

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    9. laila

      Why was the video posted on the IDF arabic channel with english captions?

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    10. Freedom

      This is the best surveillance footage these checkpoints have?
      Are you kidding? What’s the point of even having surveillance cameras if this is the best they can produce.
      You can’t tell what’s going on or if this is even the same incident.
      After seeing what the IDF did with the Mavi Marama footage (releasing 8 secs & destroying all the rest) I wouldn’t believe them if they told me the sky was blue.
      Israel and their supporters are so adept and comfortable with lying that it’s now completely obvious whenever they are e.g their mouths are opening.
      “We don’t use white phospherous” LOL

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    11. Weinstein Henry

      What is clear is that Muhammad was wrestling violently with a soldier and that he has been shot by another soldier who thought he was armed.
      What is unknown is what happened with the first soldier when Muhammad walked back nearby him after presenting himself to the checkpoint, I mean just before the footage show Muhammad attacking suddenly this soldier.
      What is inexplicable is why being unarmed he put himself in such a suicidal fight the evening of his 17 year-old birthday.

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      • Elisabeth

        Lots of questions, but maybe they had kept him waiting for a long time already, and maybe the white square box was indeed the cake box, and when he came to collect it the soldier may have told him they were going to keep it and eat it themselves. That would explain why he suddenly lost it.

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        • The Trespasser

          >the soldier may have told him they were going to keep it and eat it themselves

          It takes rather huge degree of insanity to even imagine such unspeakable nonsense.

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      • aristeides

        A video can never show us a person’s thoughts.

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    12. Oscar

      All one has to do is google something like:

      “Cop shoots man in struggle”

      You will get lots of hits.

      Moreover, just look at the following site:

      http://www.survival-spanish.com/lawstats.html

      It is a list of police officers killed in the line of duty. Some of those officers got killed while trying too hard to avoid lethal force when in doubt.

      Think about that too before being too smug, commenting from your comfortable arm chairs about what this young woman soldier did.

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