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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday extended by five days the remand of
the security guard who shot Doron Ben- Shalush to death at the Western Wall on
Friday, and said the killing may have been the response to a racial
It was originally thought the shooting may have been the result of
a case of mistaken identity.
The court lifted a gag order on the identity
of the shooter; he is 25-year-old Border Police officer Hadi Kabalan from the
Druse village of Beit Jann in the Upper Galilee.
Kabalan says he shot
Ben- Shalush several times because he thought he was a terrorist, but police
suspect a verbal confrontation in which Ben-Shalush shouted a racial slur at
Kabalan may have motivated the shooting.
Kabalan is being held for
alleged manslaughter; however, he may be charged with murder when an indictment
against him is filed.
Kabalan has said Ben- Shalush shouted “Allahu
akbar” and reached into his pocket, thus leading him to believe that Ben-Shalush
was a terrorist. However police now say Ben-Shalush may have yelled curses at
Kabalan about his Druse heritage before the shooting.
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
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 in the area.
Ben-Shalush was hit by 10
Kabalan 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 10
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 units could investigate the
Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report.