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Israel’s killing of Palestinian man at checkpoint was ‘extrajudicial execution’, concludes report

Ahmed Erekat, a 27 year old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli soldiers near a checkpoint in Abu Dis

Ahmed Erekat, a 27 year old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli soldiers near a checkpoint in Abu Dis on 23 June 2020
MEMO | February 24, 2021

Further doubts have been raised over Israel’s killing of Ahmad Erekat. The 27-year-old was shot dead in June at an Israeli military checkpoint near the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem. Israeli police claimed that Erekat was a “terrorist” conducting an attack.

But a new report by Forensic Architecture, a British research body based at Goldsmiths, University of London, has challenged the Israeli narrative following a “frame-by-frame” analysis of the security camera footage which clearly showed Erekat’s movement prior to his killing.

The report found that Erekat posed no “immediate threat” to Israeli soldiers; that he was denied medical treatment after he was fatally shot; his body was treated in a “degrading” manner and that following his death his family was subjected to collective punishment.

Details of the report, which includes the reconstruction of the scene using available film, including security footage published by police, cast “significant doubt” over the Israeli narrative. It cited collision experts who concluded that Erekat’s car was not accelerating significantly. “Our analysis also comes across evidence that raises the possibility that Erekat braked before impact with the checkpoint,” the report said.

Collision expert Dr Jeremy J Bauer concluded that “the driver did not rapidly accelerate into the checkpoint. Had the driver truly wanted to maximize the chance that he would surprise the guards and strike them with his vehicle, he could have accelerated to the maximum capacity of the vehicle.”

After the impact, video footage shows Erekat leaving the vehicle unarmed and moving away from the soldiers, raising his hands in the air. He is first shot when standing around four metres away from the nearest soldier. He then continues to move backwards as he falls to the ground. Israeli soldiers fired six shots in the space of two seconds.

Detailed analysis of the footage contradicts the Israeli army’s claim and confirms that Erekat did not pose any immediate threat. It also found that Israeli forces offered no immediate medical aid, even while Erekat was clearly alive. The killing amounted to an extrajudicial execution, it concluded.

February 24, 2021 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. “The killing amounted to an extrajudicial execution . . . ”

    Otherwise known as murder.

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    Comment by Richard | February 24, 2021 | Reply

  2. Israel does this sort of thing all the time…..Usually, they drop a knife near the body and say their actions were self defense. And, “The World’s Policeman” never even questions the Israeli PM(probably because, they are afraid of him…….)
    “The Most Powerful Nation on Earth” is a frightened little kitten, in the face of Israel……

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 24, 2021 | Reply

  3. There is an obvious but unstated policy to kill Palestinians wherever there is opportunity (no witnesses or few witnesses) and deniability (put the knife next to the body!). It is POLICY.
    Every goddamn Israeli Jew is liable for this policy. World Jewry is responsible for Israel because most Jews support Israel, some blindly, some by “conviction”, meaning that it’s fine by them to steal a country from another people, their homes, agriculture, infrastructure, businesses, buildings, personal property including demand deposits, harbors, etc. if you are Jewish, you are entitled.

    As another wrote:

    “There is no instance of Israeli prejudice exercised against the Palestinians, no act of violence committed against them, that does not simultaneously dishonor and debase the Jewish religion and people. ”

    and…

    “The horror of Zionism past, present and future is that Jews have, do, and will degrade, terrorize, jail, torture, and kill gentiles in order to possess their property and liquidate their rights!”

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    Comment by ontogram | February 24, 2021 | Reply


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