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

Police shot and killed 22-year-old Khir Hamdan in the village of Kafr Kanna overnight on Saturday after he attempted to attack them with a knife.

A security camera that captured the shooting show that Hamdan was fleeing from the officers when they shot him, which ostensibly means he posed no threat to the lives of the policemen at that moment.

The video shows Hamda trying to attack a riot police unit (known in Hebrew as “Yassam”) van that arrived in the village with what appears to be a knife. After several seconds, the policemen exit the vehicle and Hamdan backs off and starts running away. While he is fleeing, one of the policemen shoots him. Hamdan died a few hours later.

Hamdan’s family blames the officers for the “cold-blooded murder” of their son, who they claim posed no threat when shot. A demonstration against the killing was set to take place Saturday afternoon. Police told Ynet that Hamdan “tried to stab the policemen during the arrest of a village residents. That is why they shot him. We are continuing to look into the matter.”

The event took place just two days after Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich essentially endorsed the extra-judicial killing of murder suspects, in the wake of last week’s terror attack in Jerusalem. Aharonovich’s statement is an affront to the rule of law, not to mention police procedures, which require police to shoot in order to neutralize a threat, rather than to kill.

One must wonder whether Aharonovich’s statement influenced those policemen who acted Saturday morning in Kafr Kanna, this time within the Green Line.

Update (3:30 p.m.):

Israel Police announces it will open an investigation into Hamdan’s death. In Kafr Kanna, roughly 80 youths clashed with police forces in the run-up to the demonstration. Police were using sponge-tipped bullets and putrid “skunk” water canons to disperse the demonstrators. Inside the town, thousands turned out for a demonstration.

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    1. Kolumn6

      Good riddance. Anyone who attacks cops with a knofe deserves to be shot. That is Policing 101 everywhere in the world.

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      • Brian

        Kolumn does not actually mean “anyone.” “Anyone” is code for “any Arab.” Kolumn would actually be mortified if we applied the same reasoning to a Jewish settler in the occupied territories. Suddenly his human neurological human empathy capacities and higher logical skills would flower. Springtime in Siberia! The pseudo-dementia, flattened affect and moral idiocy would miraculously reverse. New neurological connections would suddenly arborize! A miracle!

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    2. John Smith

      Completely justified. You attack the police with a knife you are definitely fair game.

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      • No, after he has broken off the attack and starts to flee, officers are not supposed to use deadly force. They are not supposed to be judge, jury, and executioners. If he had been charging them and they had not been protected by the car, and their lives were genuinely in danger, then shooting would be justified. Shooting him in the back while he is fleeing is considered bad form in most of the civilized world.

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        • “Shooting him in the back while he is fleeing is considered bad form in most of the civilized world.”

          Just another day in the only democracy in the middle east.

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    3. Philos

      They shot him in the back, dragged him along the floor and then threw him into the back of their van where they presumably beat him. I’m pretty sure that even violate Israel Police’s own regulations. Surely, after shooting a suspect the procedure is to immediately evacuate the victim by ambulance? Even in Ferguson, Ohio, the goon cops managed to do that…

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      • Kolumn4

        Oh, was he a suspect? I see a guy with a knife attacking the police. How did he turn into a suspect?

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        • Gearoid

          We all know you racist cowards have no respect for human rights or the rule of law.

          Why don’t you slither off back to your hate sites instead?

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          • Kolumn4

            We have no respect for those that attack police with knives. They should be shot immediately. Clearly you would rather see Israeli cops get killed.

            Why don’t you slither back into whatever Jew-hating hole you crawled out of instead?

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          • Yeah, right

            K4: “Clearly you would rather see Israeli cops get killed.”

            Those cops were in no danger. None whatsoever.

            Honestly, why not simply stay in that van and laugh at his foolishness.

            Equally, why not get out on the OTHER side of the van so that you have a honkin’ big car between you and his knife.

            Kolumn, what’s wrong with just admitting what you can clearly see in that video: a young man vents his anger and frustration by banging on a window, and in response the cops inside that van decide to step out and shoot him dead.

            Because that’s exactly what happened, and that’s murder.

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          • Kolumn4

            Because that is not how police act anywhere in the world. Police are trained to take control of the situation. An out of control man with a knife is attacking you. You establish control and eliminate the threat which generally means shooting and cops are trained to shoot at the center of the mass of the target. You know this. This is literally policing 101. Anyone attacking cops with a knife is going to get shot. I dare you to go vent your anger with a knife at an nypd or lapd car and if you survive you can come back and lecture.

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          • Yeah, right

            K4: “An out of control man with a knife is attacking you.”

            At no time did that man attack a police officer.

            You may as well argue that an angry protestor kicking the side of a Police paddy wagon (not an unknown event, that) is actually “kicking a police officer”.

            “You establish control”

            And I’ll ask this again: what is wrong with exiting from the OTHER side of the van, so you have a big (and, demonstrably, knife-proof) van between you and the man you wish to apprehend.

            “and eliminate the threat which generally means shooting and cops are trained to shoot at the center of the mass of the target.”

            These are police officers, they are not soldiers in combat.

            That means “verbal warnings”
            That means “warning shots”
            That means “shooting the legs”

            Honestly, are you for real?

            You are insisting that it is A-OK for police to “take control” by stepping out of their van and immediately firing a bullet into the torso of someone.

            No warnings.
            No warning shots.
            No shooting the legs.

            There is no police force anywhere in the western world where that is how police are trained to act.

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          • Brian

            To reiterate, Kolumn does not actually mean “those.” “Those” is code for “those Arabs.” Kolumn would actually be mortified if we applied the same reasoning to a Jewish settler in the occupied territories. Suddenly his human neurological human empathy capacities and higher logical skills would flower. Springtime in Siberia! The pseudo-dementia, flattened affect and moral idiocy would miraculously reverse. New neurological connections would suddenly arborize! A miracle!

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      • Pedro X

        Look at the video. A young man armed with a knife runs at a police vehicle. He three times 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 attempting several times to open the door 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 does not drop his weapon and lie down. He remains a threat and is shot.

        It is standard police training for officers to shoot their guns at the center of the 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.

        Why did they not call and wait for an ambulance? Probably they felt unsafe where they were, one crazy man already having tried to stab them while trying to apprehend criminals. They likely called ahead for an ambulance or emergency department to meet them to assist the perp who died some hours later.

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        • Yeah, right

          You have got to be kidding, Pedro.

          At no time are those police in any danger whatsoever.


          They could have sat in that van and played cards while they waited for Khir Hamdan to exhaust himself in his futile endeavour.

          But they didn’t.

          They got pissed off with him, so one of those officers got out of the van and immediately shot this man with the intent to kill him.

          In any normal country that would be murder, and in any normal country n.o.b.o.d.y. would attempt to defend what they can plainly see on that video.

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          • Pedro X

            In my country police do not let deranged people with lethal weapons wander about trying to exhaust their murderous rages.

            It is plain what happened in the video, a fanatic young man tried to harm or kill police officers in the line of duty. He suffered the consequences of his actions.

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          • Yeah, right

            Pedro, in my country “assaulting a police van” is not a crime punishable by death.

            And, no, in my country a cop would not be able to justify shooting someone dead by offering the excuse that “But, but, but, he was banging on my car! Of course he deserved to die!”

            A police officer who offered that excuse would be charged with murder, and the odds of his acquittal would be… Nil.

            That’s in my country. I got no idea what rinky-dink wild-west world you inhabit.

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          • Yeah, wrong

            You see the Arab man assaulting a police van, I see him trying to pull the door open in order to stab the police.

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          • Joel

            The officers in the van were riot police, which leads me to believe that they were not the first officers to respond to the scene. If this is the case, than the other officers already on the scene and not appearing in the video, would be imperiled by a knife wielding man who clearly intends to seriously harm policemen.

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          • Yeah, right

            Joel: “The officers in the van were riot police”…

            Apparently correct, since it says that in the article.

            Joel:….”which leads me to believe”…

            …whatever it is that Joel “believes” will justify this murder.

            Joel: ….”If this is the case, then”…

            … then Joel has just piled supposition upon conjecture, which is a pretty flimsy edifice compared to the alternative i.e. a video showing this cop stepping out of a car and immediately shooting someone.

            So who are you going to believe: Joel’s conjectures, or your own lyin’ eyes?

            Because I see a man banging on the bullet-proof glass of a vehicle, and then I see someone step out of that vehicle and immediately shoot the first man.

            And he does so in a way that leaves little doubt that the REASON WHY he stepped out of that vehicle is because he fully intended to kill.


            Because the very first thing he did when he stepped out of that vehicle was to raise his gun and shoot that man stone-cold-dead.

            Apparently not even Joel can see it any differently, which is why he has to concoct a whole lotta’ stuff that he “can’t see” in order to invent a reason why this shooting was justified.

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          • Joel

            I’ll do you one better. I see no muzzle flash from bald cop’s pistol. Perhaps the driver of the police van, largely unseen, is the officer who shot the youth.

            Lying eyes or open mind?

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          • Yeah, right

            Joel: “I’ll do you one better.”

            Which Joel then fails to do…

            Joel: “I see no muzzle flash from bald cop’s pistol.”

            That would be because he fired a pistol, not a blunderbuss.

            Joel: “Perhaps the driver of the police van, largely unseen, is the officer who shot the youth.”

            No, actually, because he was shot in the torso, and the only way that someone BEHIND the van can shoot that person in the torso is if the shooter is 12 feet tall.

            And we can see that the driver of the car isn’t 12 feet tall.

            Joel: “Lying eyes or open mind?”

            In your case, the word that springs to mind is “apologia”.

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      • Joel

        “..threw him into the back of their van where they presumably beat him.”

        A sick projection if ever there was one.

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        • Yeah, right

          Joel: “A sick projection if ever there was one”

          Indeed true; we can plainly see the police throwing that body into the back of the van like a sack o’ potatoes, but we see nothing to suggests they pummelled the body as they exited stage left.

          Still, it’s a bit rich for Joel to complain, seeing as he put up a post that has him spinning an entire fantasy-world of stuff “not appearing in the video” but which he insists must be happening.

          It’s ok when he does it.

          Apparently it’s a blood libel when anyone else does it.

          How wonderfully hasbarah of you, Joel.

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    4. Marya

      no human these police are just like the animals.
      you could shoot him in the foot !!! not in heart.
      they are without humanity. this happens only because he is an Arab.
      if someone is a Jew and does the same thing with the police, he would definitely not shoot him.
      he is a young maybe he had no knife but if he had a knife.
      could you imagine 8 police men with weapons against a young with knives.
      that does not happen randomly. !!!

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    5. MIkesailor

      Does anyone else wonder what mythical country would even claim someone like Pedro? The young man had backed away from the vehicle and was not moving toward the officers when he was shot. This was cold-blooded murder or an example of overwhelming cowardice on the part of the Israeli. (I won’t call hima an officer for that would only be honorific for someone with no honor). Naturally, hasbaristas will defend the Israeli because the dead was Palestinian. They don’t want to find the truth because they refuse to believe their own lying eyes.

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      • Joel

        Rush to judgment, Mike.

        I think you just want to see a Jew in the docket.

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        • Yeah, right

          Thanks, Vita, for once again sharing that link.

          But it really doesn’t help your apologia, because those experts talk about:
          a) How long it takes for an officer to draw his gun and,
          b) how many steps towards an officer a knife-wielder has to take before
          c) drawing your weapon and shooting him becomes justifiable.

          But these facts are indisputable:
          1) The Israeli cop stepped out of that car with him gun already drawn, and
          2) he doesn’t wait to see if Khir Hamdan steps towards him, stands stock-still, or runs like a jack-rabbit.

          The moment he is out of that car he raises his gun and kills Hamdan.

          You can SEE that, so why pretend that you can draw some conclusions regarding what cops should do when they HAVEN’T drawn their guns and they HAVE already warned the susect?

          The two are not equivalent, so why do you pretend that they are?

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    6. Joel

      “..runs away”!

      You’ve printed some stupid shit in your life, Haggai, but these two words show us what’s really up in your head. Delusions.

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    7. Brian

      The indisputable fact is that if a Jew behaved in the exact same way–and settler crazies in the territories have been known to do some crazy stuff versus the police–there is NO WAY they would have shot and killed him. NO WAY. End of argument.

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    8. Hahaha

      So the moment someone actually says it like it is, that the “law enforcers” shot a man in the back instead of trying to disarm him, like normal police are trained to, mind you he was running away from these “law enforcers”. then we pull out the “anti semtic ” card. You trolls are a joke. Someone please get them a new troll handbook. This one is too predictable. Nowhere in the world would you find “police” opening fire on a mans back, then throwing him into a “police” van instead of getting him medical attention. This is murder. And the trolls can crawl back under their bridges if they have nothing better than antisemitism cards to play. Anyone with eyes can tell you that

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    9. did the executing police officer have access to a tazar / similar? the dead people might be alive and able to tell us of the problems they in person.

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