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Border policewoman charged over mock execution of teen

Here is a report that so far didn’t get that much traction on Israeli news sites, except for YNET (which didn’t bother to report whether the accused deny the charges, but I’ll update as soon as I find out.)

“The Justice Ministry’s department for the investigation of police officers served an indictment to the Jerusalem District court against two border police  – Yishai Ben Uzri, 30, of Ariel, and Shani Sevilia, 22, in Jerusalem, on charges of aggravated abuse and assault of a Palestinian teenager.

According to the indictment… in March last year the 17-year-old in question was detained at the Rockefeller checkpoint in Jerusalem, and was found to be in possession of three firecrackers. After the search, the indictment says, Ben Uzri grabbed the teen by his shirt and led him behind a bus parked nearby, where he punched him across the jaw and kicked his knee.

The teen was then handcuffed and Ben Uzri transferred him to the charge of Sevillia and another policeman, Tzion Benishti …When they arrived at the Shalem station in Jerusalem, the two took the teen into an elevator and Sevillia covered the teen’s head with his coat.

As they left the elevator, the indictment states, Sevillia kicked the teen’s behind and told him, “you’re going to die in ten minutes.” Sevillia and Benishti then took him into an empty room, where they pushed the teen to his knees,  still handcuffed and his head still covered with the coat. She then drew her personal handgun, which was empty at the time, cocked it, put it to the teen’s neck, and counted back from 10 to 1.

The teen, the indictment says, shouted “no, no.” When she finished counting Sevillia pulled the trigger, saying “death to Arabs” and “all the Arabs are whores.” Benishti asked her to stop, but she would not. She then took the coat off the teen’s head, took one of his firecrackers and put it into his own pocket. She then clicked a lighter close to his ear, to scare him and make him think she was about to light the firecracker in his pocket. After that, she punched and slapped the teen’s face…

…the department claims Sevillia was motivated by racism.

Update: In case you wondered how does the public react to such news items, here is one randomly chosen comment from YNET:

‏A “poor” teen like that carried out the murder in Itamar.   All those bleeding hearts are probably pained about the situation of the Palestinian who goes about with firecrackers. What a disgusting country, instead of praising the policewoman who loyally does her work and causes deterrence to young people of this kind [sic], the state comes and judge her. Reall turns you off  from fighting and joining the military. It’s much better to be like the lefties who “for reasons of conscience” don’t want to serve in the military and get released. Why can’t bleeding heart Israel learn from Libya, Egypt or enlightened Syria how to restore order. Small wonder our neighbours eat us and don’t take us into account.”

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    1. Arlosoroff

      Firstly, the policewomans actions are shamefull and disgusting and probably reflect a larger picture of abuse that exists among that particular force.

      as for;
      “here is one randomly chosen comment from YNET”

      I could find you a handfull of such comments on every post of every news article in every country on the planet. Yes we have crazy fanatics in our country. But using an unidentifiable comment to represent the view of the general public is ridiculous. Dimi do you still get quoted in that lovely list of newspapers you claim in your profile using journalism like that?

      You havnt even written in you’re article if they were charged or not, as you state in your title.
      The YNET article said an indicement has been served, but you claim they have been charged…which is it?

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    2. Yitzhak

      Random comment? Who are you kidding?

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    3. Dimi

      Charged and indicted in Israel is the same thing: An indictment is served against a person and from then on the person goes from “suspect” to “accused”.
      As for the talback – you are more than welcome to see for yourself which kind of comments prevails under the Ynet report, and tell me if the one I quote is really that unrepresentative.

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    4. edo

      this comment was removed

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    5. Piotr Berman

      I was considering charting a political program that would represent consensus (say, at least 3/4) of the commenters at Ynet and JP. I guess two points are rather clear:

      1) all dissidents should be expelled to Gaza, while

      2) all Arabs should be expelled to Jordan, or, perhaps, to Somalia (no local government to resist the move! but frankly, this is too devilishly clever for an average Ynet commenter).

      A corollary is that Hamasniks should not be expelled, otherwise, the Israeli dissidents would not enjoy the life under their rule — a very consistent and popular demand in the Right Blogistan.

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    6. Danny

      Interesting coincidence: On holocaust day, an Israeli version of Ilse Koch. And to the glory of the state of Israel.

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    7. Louis

      A clear case of torture…

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    8. David

      people are on edge. stuff happens.
      Trust Danny to make a connection the Holocaust. I am surprised I have not read the ‘c’ word here yet. Go on Danny! Don’t be coy….I know you have it in you.

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    9. German

      Yes I think the comment is unrepresentative. Happily enough one can read Ynet also in english and the comments I read so far where completely different.

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    10. NOA

      The comments in YNET in English are posted by different readers. They are not the same ones on the Hebrew page just translated.
      It’s a fair bet to say that most Ynet English readers usually don’t hold the same views as Hebrew readers.

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