Guard shoots Jewish tourist in Jerusalem
An Israeli security guard on Friday shot dead a Jewish visitor at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, apparently mistaking him for a Palestinian militant.
Public radio said that police were seeking to have the guard remanded in custody.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that he was being taken in front of a magistrate, but had no further details.
“There was a Jewish guy, an Israeli guy, who was in the bathroom area,” Rosenfeld told AFP.
“He for some reason shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’,” Rosenfeld said. “A security guard drew his weapon and fired several shots at the suspect… He died from his wounds” later.
An acquaintance told army radio the man was a volunteer at a nearby soup kitchen run by the Hassidic Chabad movement.
“He’s a regular here, well-known,” David Dahan said.
“He’s on his own here, his parents are in France.”
Rosenfeld could not immediately confirm reports that the man held both French and Israeli citizenship.
State television identified him as Doron Ben Shloush, a 46-year-old homeless who visited the Wailing Wall frequently.
The shooting took place shortly before 8 am (0500 GMT) as the plaza in front of the Wall filled with worshippers for morning prayers ahead of the start of the Jewish Sabbath at sundown.
The site was closed to the public for more than two hours afterwards.
Paramedic Zeevi Hessed told news website NRG that his team rushed to the scene as reports of a shooting came in.
“When we reached the place, we saw him lying at the Western Wall plaza,” he said. “He had been shot in several parts of his body… Sadly there was nothing we could do but declare him dead.”
Rosenfeld said that an investigation had begun into the shooting.
Public radio quoted the private security guard as telling police investigators that he thought the man was pulling something from his pocket as he shouted, and was about to attack him.
It said that police found nothing suspicious on the man’s person.
Rosenfeld said the circumstances were still unclear.
“We’re looking into the background: why the security officer opened fire and what the motives were of the guy, the 46-year-old — it’s very strange behaviour.”
The Western Wall’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitch, told the Ynet news site: “Regardless of the circumstances, such a case is a terrible tragedy.”
Ynet quoted witnesses it did not identify as saying that the guard did not fire warning shots or attempt to disable the man but shot directly at his chest.
Scambiato per un palestinese. Ucciso un ebreo perché ha urlato “Allah Akbar”
Al-Quds (Gerusalemme) – Ma’an. Nella mattinata di venerdì 21 giugno, un uomo ebreo è stato ucciso da un agente di sicurezza israeliano, nei pressi della moschea di al-Aqsa, a Gerusalemme est.
Secondo le fonti israeliane, l’incidente è avvenuto alle 7:40 del mattino nell’area dei bagni pubblici, nei pressi della moschea di al-Aqsa, a Gerusalemme. L’agente israeliano ha raccontato di aver aperto il fuoco contro l’uomo perché “si è messo le mani in tasca e ha urlato Allah Akbar (Dio è grande)”.
Le fonti hanno aggiunto che i soccorsi sono giunti sul luogo e hanno tentato di rianimare il ferito, tuttavia, a causa della gravità delle ferite, il personale medico non ha potuto fare altro che constatare la morte dell’uomo.
Micky Rosenfeld, portavoce della polizia israeliana, ha confermato la versione dell’agente, aggiungendo che quest’ultimo ha aperto il fuoco contro l’uomo per aver sospettato che si trattasse di un estremista palestinese. Ha dichiarato: “Sembra che l’urlo, Allah Akbar, fosse il motivo per cui l’agente ha estratto la pistola, sparando alcuni colpi contro l’uomo”.
thanks to: AFP