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PHOTOS: Protests in northern Israel after police kill Arab man

Photos by Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org
Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man

Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday afternoon against the deadly police shooting of a young man in the Arab town of Kafr Kanna the night before. Khir Hamdan, 22, had attacked a police van with a knife but was fleeing when an officer shot him.

Arab youth clash with Israeli riot police in Kafr Kanna, Israel. The protests come less than a day after an Arab man from the village was shot and killed by Israeli policemen. Security cameras caught the man attempting to attack the policemen, as well as the shooting, which took place after the man had already backed away considerably. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Arab youth clash with Israeli riot police in Kafr Kanna, Israel. The protests come less than a day after an Arab man from the village was shot and killed by Israeli policemen. Security cameras caught the man attempting to attack the policemen, as well as the shooting, which took place after the man had already backed away considerably. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Away from the main protest, police arrested at least four people who were part of a smaller group that was throwing stones and burning tires. Police used sponge-tipped bullets and putrid “skunk” water canons to disperse the demonstrators and prevent them from accessing the nearby Route 77.

In response to the killing, a general strike on Sunday was called for large portions of the Palestinian population of Israel.

Police on horseback seen during clashes in the village of Kafr Kanna, in northern Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police on horseback seen during clashes in the village of Kafr Kanna, in northern Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Read Haggai Matar’s report about the shooting here.

Police use the 'skunk' water canon to disperse protesters in Kafr Kanna, a day after Israeli police fatally shot an Arab man in the village. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Police use the ‘skunk’ water canon to disperse protesters in Kafr Kanna, a day after Israeli police fatally shot an Arab man in the village. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

WATCH: Security camera catches the killing of Khir Hamdan:

Related:
WATCH: Police kill would-be attacker as he runs away

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    1. Bruce Gould

      My fellow tax paying Americans: here it is. In a letter in today’s New York Times, Nov 8, page A18, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.N., Riyad Mansour, declares “We recognize Israel’s right to exist”. In fact they’ve said this before but each time the goalpost is moved – now they have to recognize Israel as a *Jewish* state. In 1980 I might have said the Palestinians were the problem…but it’s 2014.

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      • Kolumn6

        And in 2014 the Palestinians rejected the Kerry framework because:

        1) They insist on rejecting Israel as a Jewish State. Hence they recognize that Israel exists at the moment but insist that they be allowed to change it out of existence. See (2)

        2) They insist on flooding Israel with the descendants of Arabs who fled a war in 1947 as a result of a war started by the Arabs to destroy Israel.

        3) They insist that an agreement signed would not end the conflict with Israel, thus allowing them to make new demands and continue their war against Israel when they are stronger in the future.

        They still refuse to accept the existence of a Jewish state and are only willing to accept a glorified cease-fire as they build up their state in preparation for a future war. The Palestinians are still the problem.

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      • Pedro X

        Bruce, for once you should try to reference the subject matter of the article. What Riyad Mansour says or does not say has nothing to do with what happened in Kafr Kanna, an Israeli town in the Galilee.

        The police came to arrest Hamdan for a previous violent incident. Hamdan attacked the police with a weapon and was shot. He died in hospital. This has nothing to do with the PA or propaganda of Riyad Mansour or with American taxpayers. It is about law and order and whether the police response was proper.

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    2. It’s hard to play the game when the rules are constantly changed.

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      • Pedro X

        Marnie, the rules of the game are the same everywhere. If you try to wield a deadly weapon against police officers in the line of duty, you can expect to be shot and killed.

        Look at the video. A young man armed with a knife runs at a police vehicle. Three times he tries to put his knife through the glass of the front passenger window to get at the police. He can be seen with his other hand gripping and pulling the door handle to get at the Police inside. When a policeman attempts to exit the back passenger door, the young man again attacks and thrusts his knife towards the officer and against the window.

        The police officer gets out of the vehicle and pulls his gun. The young man retreats a few yards but does not drop his weapon and lie down. He remains in striking distance of the police officer and is a threat to his safety and is shot.

        It is standard police training for officers to shoot their guns at the center of the upper body so that the person shot cannot get up and attack anyone. If the attacker dies it is a consequence of his actions in trying to knife the police officers.

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    3. Kolumn6

      Just so I got this straight. There is a protest and a general strike because the police shot a man that was trying to attack them with a knife? I suppose that in order to prevent future Arab riots the Israeli police should probably just cut their own necks.

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    4. Bruce Gould

      The Likud charter states there will be no Palestinian state west of the Jordan. This is an assessment of Netanyahu’s motives by Uri Avnery:

      http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1414780973

      “Netanyahu did not chicken out of making peace. This would presuppose that he wanted peace in the first place. If the Americans really believe so, they should read a few good articles (especially mine).

      Netanyahu never entertained even for a moment the idea of making peace. His entire upbringing makes this quite impossible. His late father, Ben-Zion, was such an extreme and rigid nationalist, that compared to him Vladimir Jabotinsky, the Zionist right-wing leader, looked like a leftist pacifist.”

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      • Pedro X

        Again Bruce you are way off topic. Try to make posts which are relevant to the topic instead of posting the same drivel time and time again no matter what the topic.

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        • sh

          He is precisely on topic. You are all arguing that the Palestinians don’t want peace. Bruce is arguing absolutely correctly that neither do we.

          But back to the topic in hand. Anyone attacking a police car with a small knife, if that’s what he was using, will at most scratch the car. Whoever’s sitting inside the vehicle can drive off without injury or emerge from the other side of the car and arrest the man who was punier than each of the policemen we see on the video. One emerges from the car right near the victim and draws a gun. The victim backs off and starts to run and is felled by the bullet. A couple of other brave policemen emerge and after several gestures that could mean anything including the worst to whoever’s watching the video, start dragging the twitching, writhing attacker off as though he was already the carcass he was about to become, only to stuff him unceremoniously into the car before driving off. No quick consultation, no telephone call with superior or hospital.

          This is the way a citizen of the State of Israel was treated by his police force. One or two of you are also citizens of the State of Israel. You are Jewish maybe, and possibly think you will always be spared. But as time passes, as all of us know is the case from history, a day will come when you won’t be.

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