A court spokesman on Sunday released the full court transcript of a Friday
detention hearing regarding a Western Wall security guard who shot and killed a
Jewish-Israeli man in a public restroom near the Kotel Friday morning, after the
man shouted “Allahu Akbar,” (Arabic for “God is great”).
from the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court indicated the guard’s lawyer argued he
should not be detained in police custody as he was recognized with distinction
for his service as a security guard, in the IDF and also for classified security
work for the state.
The release of the full transcript followed
continuing controversy and intrigue in media reports surrounding the incident,
particularly since there is still a gag order on the identity of the security
guard and since the victim appears to have had a rocky past of mental
To date, it remains unclear why the man, identified by
police as Doron Ben- Shalush, 46, shouted the words, which have in the past been
yelled by terrorists before they detonated explosives or opened
However, under questioning by the security guard’s lawyer, the
transcript revealed that police implied they had reviewed his past for signs of
Originally, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the
guard opened fire with his sidearm because he suspected the man was a
“The fact that he shouted ‘Allahu Akbar,’ that
seems to be why the security guard drew his weapon and fired a number of shots
at him,” Rosenfeld said. “We are looking into what [the deceased’s] motives
“We’re looking into a number of different directions,” said
Rosenfeld. “The guard fired because he feared for his life and the investigation
But as of the hearing, the prosecution appeared ready to
seek a full-fledged murder charge against the security guard.
transcript showed that the guard’s 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 a risk to 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, though many others said Ben-Shalush was a regular in
Ben-Shalush’s body was pierced by 10 bullets, according to
The unidentified guard was arrested following the shooting
and appeared before the court on Friday afternoon, at which time a judge
extended his remand by five days, pending further investigation, though the
prosecution had sought an additional 10 days.
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
all visitors so police units could investigate the incident.Daniel K.
Eisenbud contributed to this story.
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