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Jeruslaem - Kotel Gunman Asked Other Guards If They Would Pay Him To Shoot

Published on: July 4, 2013 10:34 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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**FILE** Hadi Kablan, The security guard who shot dead a man near the Western Wall is seen outside the Jerusalem's magistrates court as he arrive for a court hearing on June 21, 2013. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 **FILE** Hadi Kablan, The security guard who shot dead a man near the Western Wall is seen outside the Jerusalem's magistrates court as he arrive for a court hearing on June 21, 2013. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem - The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday indicted Hadi Kabalan, the security guard who shot unarmed Doron Ben-Shalush to death at the Western Wall on June 21, for murder.

The indictment said Kabalan and another guard, Khaled, checked Ben-Shalush at the security check point when he arrived at the Western Wall area as he did on a daily basis.

After the check, Ben-Shalush yelled at the two security guards and used a racial slur against them for being Druse, the indictment stated.

The security guards continued their work, during which Kabalan asked Khaled and another guard if they would give him NIS 1,000 if he killed Ben-Shalush, the indictment alleged.

According to the indictment, when Ben-Shalush walked by the check point later, Kabalan followed him and he was only meters away opened fire.

Kabalan fired at Ben-Shalush 14 times at the center of his body, noted the indictment, while coming closer and closer to him, and did not stop firing until his magazine was empty.

It was originally thought the shooting may have been the result of a case of mistaken identity. The 25-year-old guard has said he shot Ben-Shalush to death because the 46-year-old shouted “Allahu akbar” and reached into his pocket, thus leading him to believe that Ben-Shalush was a terrorist.

Last week, the court lifted a gag order on the identity of the shooter, who was revealed to be Kabalan, a 25-year-old Border Police officer from the Druse village of Beit Jann in the Upper Galilee.

At Kabalan’s previous remand hearing, the transcripts of which were released on Sunday, his lawyer bristled at the charges and the suggestion by the prosecution that his client, who has spent most of his career in various security services and with highly positive reviews, was a flight risk or might obstruct the investigation.

The lawyer added that the guard had never served in the Western Wall area before, contributing to his not recognizing Ben-Shalush, who was a regular there.

The shooting occurred as hundreds gathered for prayer in one of the capital’s most secure areas.

Immediately following the violence, much of the Western Wall was shut down to visitors so police could investigate the incident.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 10:52 AM PeaceNow Says:

The shooter will spend a lot of time in jail.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM ABRAMO Says:

The shooter will spend a lot of time in Hell!

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 11:41 AM pbalaw Says:

Doesn't make sense

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 11:42 AM alterknaker Says:

רק אין יראת אלוקים במקום הזה, see the end of the pasuk

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 12:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Let me get this straight. The security guards are Arabs!! Does this make sense?? Also sounds like a straight assisnation. Afterwards he made up a story to cover up his actions.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 03:38 PM Beduin, not arab Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Let me get this straight. The security guards are Arabs!! Does this make sense?? Also sounds like a straight assisnation. Afterwards he made up a story to cover up his actions.

Let me get this straight, Jews don't want to work or go to the army to learn how to shoot. Who do you expect will get the job?
I personally am waiting for the end of the story. If the Jew said the suicide words then the shooting was justified, you never know what was about to happen. He might have had a way to get a bomb there.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM yidelle Says:

Well they use the Border Police to beat on charidi & misnachlim protesters the Israeli goverment are very happy for the job they do, so 1 killing is not to be concerned off.

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