[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: During the operation in Gaza the IDF was on the
ball with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and everything else running in real
time to try and keep ahead in the PR battle.
But the PR battle didn't end with the ceasefire.
So here is the puzzle: who in the chain of command held up the distribution
of the video for 5 days?
An hour or two after the news cycle started on the incident this video could
have been a very important asset.
Now the story is stale and whatever impression the incident has made is
pretty much permanent.
One can hope that at least now someone at a senior level will make sure that
this doesn't happen again.]
IDF video shows Hebron teen shooting
By BEN HARTMAN The Jerusalem Post 12/17/2012 22:27
An IDF Spokesperson video posted online on Monday night reportedly shows the
incident last week when a female Border Police officer shot and killed a
17-year-old Palestinian was posted online on Monday night, potentially
shedding some light on the incident.
The video, posted on the IDF Arabic-language's Facebook by spokesman Avichay
Adraeepage, apparently shows Mohammed Al-Salaymeh, 17, attack the soldiers
first after speaking to them at the Border Police post next to the Tomb of
the Patriarchs in Hebron.
In the subtitled video, which is shot from above the guard station,
Al-Salaymeh can be seen walking slowly up to the post and speaking to one of
the officers, before appearing to show him his ID. He then slowly walks
away, before turning to face an officer behind him, and then quickly placing
his right hand against his temple and then striking him hard with his right
fist. The two then fall back and begin struggling with one another and
tumble off to the right.
At this same time another Palestinian appears to come to try to assist
al-Salaymeh, but then flees the scene. Moments later the Border Police
officer and Al-Salaymeh separate from one another and “N”, a female Border
Police officer shoots him three times.
It is hard to tell in the video if Al-Salaymeh was indeed holding a fake
metal gun as the Border Police contend, though he does appear to be holding
a shiny object in his right hand in the video.
Al-Salaymeh was celebrating his birthday on December 12th when he died, his
family contend that he was heading out to buy a birthday cake and did not
pull a fake gun on the soldiers. The day after his death, Palestinians
clashed with IDF and Border Patrol officers for hours across the West Bank.
Judea and Samaria spokesman Capt. Barak Raz wrote on his Twitter account,
"Last Wednesday night a Palestinian male attacked a Border Policeman at a
post in Hebron, pressing this 'gun' to his throat." Raz posted an image
taken the black handgun replica used by the attacker.
"Watch security tape and ask yourself how you would react if this was your
partner," Raz added.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.