J'lem Kotel shooting 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The prosecution told the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday that the alleged
“Kotel shooter,” Hadi Kabalan, had previously met his victim, potentially
negating the defense that he might have confused him with being a Muslim
As part of a debate between the prosecution and the defense
about reducing the number of witnesses for trial and which witnesses were vital,
the prosecution told judges Zvi Segal, Ben-Zion Greenberger and Arnon Darel that
the prior, tense, run-in between the two proved that Kabalan had murdered Doron
Ben-Shalush in cold blood.
Kabalan is accused of shooting and killing
Ben-Shalush at the Western Wall on June 21.
The indictment, filed on July
4, said Kabalan and another guard checked Ben- Shalush at the security
checkpoint when he arrived at the Western Wall area, as he did on a daily
After the check, Ben- Shalush yelled at the two security guards
and used a racial slur against them for being Druse, the indictment
The security guards continued their work, during which Kabalan
asked two other guards 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 checkpoint later, Kabalan followed him and when he was
only meters away opened fire.
Kabalan fired at the center of Ben-
Shalush’s body 14 times, noted the indictment, while coming closer and closer to
him, and did not stop firing until his magazine was empty.
originally thought the shooting may have been the result of a case of mistaken
Kabalan had 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.
The court will start hearing
witnesses’ testimonies on February 26.