Talk:2000 Ramallah lynching

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Spelling Vadim Nurzhitz[edit]

There is much confusion about the surname of one of lynched soldiers (originally in Russian), because written in Hebrew as נורז'יץ it can be pronounced in several ways. To get original pronounciation back, one needs to search Google for the surname without the first name. Google:нуржиц gives a lot of Nurzhitz persons irrelevant to the event. All other searches bring only results somehow connected to the lynching and thus are most probably distorted by wrong reading. --Yms (talk) 16:07, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

non combatant soldiers[edit]

non combatants are civilians. Soldiers are NOT noncombantants, even if not in uniform, offduty, or members of underground security force ? They could also be terrorists. That is correct. According to international humanitarian law, anyone can be considered a combatant if they are performing a military function. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:26, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Fixed. Soldiers are combatants. Also, the article nowhere noted that the incident took place in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, nor that the soldiers were participating in the military occupation. Note was made of the former, which I think is essential context; omitted the latter as perhaps suggesting POV. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:39, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

The term "accidentally" made a wrong turn is missing verifiable sources. 'Merikan (talk) 22:34, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

I don't understand what your point is in your first comment. Regarding your second comment, a wrong turn is by definition accidental. The precise wording "wrong turn" is used in sources #2 and #5. Note that the lead is a summary of the article and does not need to be sourced as long as the corresponding content in the article is. Jalapenos do exist (talk) 23:12, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
In response to his first point, there are "noncombatant" soldiers - such as engineers, drivers, clerical personnel. These soldiers served in noncombatant roles - drivers.ShamWow (talk) 23:20, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
There are "noncombatant" soldiers, but I believe these were not drivers for the IDF at the time of the incident, but civilians in general reserve. In Israel, all adult citizens below 40 are in general reserve, to be called on in case of war. Similar rules exist in many countruies, for example they existed in the Soviet Union. These should properly be refered to as civilians. After all, the Russians killed in suicide bombing in Moscow subway on March 29, 2010 ar refered to as civilians, even if the men were in general reserve. Changing "two non-combatant Israeli reservists (serving as drivers)" to "Israeli civilians". ( (talk) 21:59, 2 April 2010 (UTC))
Where they or where they not on duty as reservists? The answer appears to be that they were in fact on duty. Therefore, I would not characterize them as civilians but "non-combatant Israeli reservists".— Preceding unsigned comment added by Plot Spoiler (talkcontribs) .

Sorry, I disagree: If you are on reserve duty, whatever your job is, you are a combatant. The use of the term "non-comabant reservists" to discribe 'miluimnikim' (reservists in Hebrew> is misleading and my suspicion is that the author is attempting to futher add to the weight of the horror of the attack. This is completely unnecessary as even if they were undercover IDF soldiers, they still were entitled to humane treatment and due process at the hands of the Palestinian authorities and as they were in custody, were entitled to the protection of the Police. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:48, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Yossi <--> Yosef[edit]

  • Multiple sources give Avrahami 's name as Yosef, as forex Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our own article on Ramallah. I mention this because for about ten minutes I was convinced that there was no article on this incident – I had been searching for Yosef Avrahami. • Ling.Nut 13:18, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
Is Yossi a shortened form or nickname? AnonMoos (talk) 21:55, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
I have no idea. One day soon I'll alter the article to add the other spellings of BOTH names; you can do it if you like. Look at my contribs (see the redirects I made) for the spellings. • Ling.Nut 00:10, 5 January 2010 (UTC)
Yossi is definitely a shortened form for Yosef. The latter is formal, but Yossi has been much more widely used in the media. --Yms (talk) 09:18, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

Dancing with pieces of human flesh[edit]

Although I do not have a specific source at this moment, there is a picture I have seen many times of Palestinians celebrating, holding pieces of human flesh. At least this is how the picture was described. The description refers to this incident. The photo shows several men of Middle Easter appearance holding pieces of flesh and something that lookes like gut, with intense emotion on their faces. I believe this to be an important detail, so I am putting it in. I will add a reference when I find it. ( (talk) 21:59, 2 April 2010 (UTC))

There is also something else missing here: The Palastinian Police Commander attempted to protect the soldiers, along with others from his force and contacted the IDF to arrange a collection. He rebuked the officers for bringing them to the station and when they lynch occured protected one of them by sitting on him until he was hit over the head with a fax machine. In a BBC documentary he descibed the feeling of shame that this could have of occured on his watch. If I remember correctly, as he had attempted to return the Soldiers to the IDF, he was warned by telephone by the IDF to evacuate the building as it was to be attacked by helicopters. I have no references right now, but will attempt to identify the BBC documentary where this is described. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:54, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

New suspects arrested[edit]

See [|this] article - 2 more suspects recently arrested who confessed to being involved:

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), IDF, and Judea and Samaria district police arrested two men who confessed to taking part in the brutal October 2000 lynch of two IDF soldiers, security forces announced Thursday.

The arrests came after the Shin Bet and police uncovered an extensive Hamas terror structure in Ramallah and the Binyamin region, and arrested other suspects along with the two men.

In June, security forces arrested the Palestinian security suspects, some of whom formed a Hamas field command in that region of the West Bank, police said.

Two of those questioned confessed to being involved in the beating to death of IDF reservists Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz at the PA Ramallah police station, where the two were taken after getting lost.

The two suspects were charged at the Judea Military Court on August 5, police added.

I'd put it in under arrest of suspects, but the last bulet point says that the arrested person was the last person involved. Therefore, I want to make sure everyone is OK with me removing that wording, since he clearly wasn't. --Activism1234 16:00, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

That sounds logical (unless there was some qualitative difference between those apprehended, though none of the articles indicate that), so content with you proceeding though seems that Reenem already got to it. Plot Spoiler (talk) 01:18, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, but I noticed that another editor has already made the appropriate changes a bit after I posted this on the talk page. --Activism1234 01:22, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Violent murder[edit]

Aren't all murders violent? It is referred to that way in the first paragraph. Rephrase? Coretheapple (talk) 21:25, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

I've done some rephrasing. Coretheapple (talk) 15:38, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Some are actually more brutal/bloody than others. Smothering someone in their sleep with a pillow could be just as morally repugnant, but it lacks a certain apparent bloodlust factor when compared to a frenzied mob tearing someone limb-from-limb... AnonMoos (talk) 22:18, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Definitely. I just thought the phrasing needed reworking. Is it OK now? Coretheapple (talk) 00:40, 13 November 2012 (UTC)


Another observation: the tone of the article is overwrought. I realize it was a brutal murder, but the facts speak for themselves and do not require amplification. Coretheapple (talk) 20:40, 12 November 2012 (UTC)


A small edit war appears to be brewing over the use of advocacy organization CAMERA as a source in this article. I have removed the content for now. There may be secondary source coverage of Alex Safian's comments but it's not obvious why this content qualifies for inclusion. The sanctions remind editors to utilize reliable sources for contentious or disputed assertions and everything here has to be notable. Plot Spoiler has been removing lots of sources that don't qualify as RS, such as and many others, which is good, but restored CAMERA, which seems inconsistent, at least to me. There's no harm in it staying out for now while it's discussed, but it needs to be discussed. Sean.hoyland - talk 09:22, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Restoring Camera seems very consistent with plot spolier's edits to me. If a third party had reported on Camera's comments that would make their statements notable, but right now thee is just a whole lot of "this is my opinion" - signed Camera (who?). Not only that, but they also make laughable statements, of course added in quotes so non-camera editors don't edit out the stupidity, like "the very successful campaign by Palestinians to control western media" haha. Sepsis II (talk) 16:34, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

please refrain from editing (and following me around) if you can't do elementary homework[edit]

This edit makes a mess of an easily ascertainable viewpoint, by attributing it to one person, when it was widely reported as being the shared belief of Palestinians there at the time. I.e. Pratt's book mentions it as well. It is absolutely irrelevant that the correspondent now works for Al Jazeera, anymore than it would be relevant to say Pratt works for the Scottish Herald as their Middle Eastern reporter

Anger had been brewing for the last two weeks which have witnessed the funerals of about 100 Arabs, nearly two dozen of them children, who have been killed in the violent uprising against Israeli occupation forces. But this outburst of fury apparently stemmed from rumours circulating through the mob that the captives belonged to the feared and hated undercover units of the Israeli army which dress as Arabs and strike in the heart of Palestinian towns. Earlier this week, the badly beaten body of a Palestinian, Issam Hamad, was found dumped on the outskirts of Ramallah. Palestinians blamed his death on Israeli settlers.

He pointed to the Palestinian casualties. He spoke of the week-old disappearance and death of Issam Hamad, a 39-year-old father of five, who Palestinians believe was tortured and killed by Jewish settlers, an accusation that exacerbated the rioting in Ramallah during two days. Israeli police say Hamad was killed in an automobile accident. But he identified the underlying cause of the rage as the failed peace process: its never-ending delays, the unabated expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas and the overall economic decline in the territories.

  • You also excised without explanation 'reportedly while returning to his village in Umm Safa'

(To self. Probably IP banned editor, trying to tagteam and push me over the 1R limit).Nishidani (talk) 14:47, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

On sensitive issues, you better find better sources. Note, your other sources do not mention Halamish and 'attributed' is very strong in comparison to 'Palestinians believe' or 'Palestinians blamed'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
'your other sources do not mention Halamish'. Thanks for the public admission you haven't read the sources.Nishidani (talk) 19:54, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I read what you posted here. Why won't you note 'to self' to stick to the facts and place them in the appropriate place in articles? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:25, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
While we are at it, the two more reliable sources say Palestinians 'believed' they were kidnapped w/o mentioning Halamish. Madam Naser, a peace activists gives it as a fact. That just comes to show you she is completely unreliable source. Find something better, then you can take out attribution. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:38, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Nope. You misread the English, by not taking into account the passive tense and the accompanying note from Pratt.
I wrote:'days earlier, the badly beaten body of Issam Hamad (36) had been dumped outside of the city, and his murder, reportedly while returning to his village in Umm Safa, was attributed to settlers in Halamish.
Pratt writes, for those checking the footnote:'Locals were in no doubt that Israeli settlers were to blame for his killing.'
'was attributed' in that context means 'by Palestinian locals'. If troubled, you could simply have added 'by Palestinian locals' rather than attributing to it to one person (Marwan Bishara.
What he reports is backed by Sumaya Farhat Naser and PASSIA as what local Palestinians thought at the time, rightly or wrongly
PALESTINE FACTS Passia 8 October 2000:.'The body of Isam Hamad, 36, from Um Safa near Ramallah is found in a field near the settlement of Halamish; evidence suggests that he was tortured and killed by settlers.'
When several sources state what a community believed, you don't single out a person, give his contemporary employer's name, and attribute to him or her. And don't excise contextual detail (on his way home) that is relevant.Nishidani (talk) 22:22, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Speaking of reading the footnotes and sources and stuff, could you kindly explain how Pratt's "nearly two dozen" children became "dozens" of children in your edit? Also, how did Dor's "some of them" administrators and cooks become "mainly" cooks and administrators? No More Mr Nice Guy (talk) 23:46, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Shocking. I should be lynched for such undersights. Nishidani (talk) 06:44, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
The 'reportedly' joke needs to be over. You fight against credibility of some sources but wholehearted adopted 'reportedly' (or in other word - 'he said, she said - we can't confirm') as a mechanism to 'kosher' garbage. It was never confirmed by any investigation (PA, Israel, UN as far as the sources you brought). 'Attributed' is very far from 'believed by Palestinians'. Don't act as if you don't see it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:02, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
What a vile thing for you to say Nishidani, to make light of the terrible fate the two individuals suffered in the subject of this article. If you're not willing to seriously address the matter, it simply adds to the body of evidence that you are engaged in a POV pushing campaign by mischaracterizing even the most minute details to further demonize Israel. Plot Spoiler (talk) 15:29, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Sure. Add it to the proofs No More Mr Nice Guy kept adding to his old user page that I am a vicious anti-Semite. The only edits he made there over the past two years were with this intent. I have no ethnic divide in my feelings: what happened in Ramallah, despite the difference in scale, evokes the same revulsion I felt for 51 days in watching the murder of 2000 people in Gaza by high precision artillery and bombing. When I see you all writing with equal precision on casualties on both sides I will convert, and convince myself that your capacity for pity and horror are not ethnic-exclusive. Nishidani (talk) 16:42, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
You just made a joke about two people who were lynched and their bodies mutilated, in response to a query about what is quite obviously you fabricating information and attributing it to a source. And you have the audacity to lecture other editors about "precision" and "pity" that's not being "ethnic-exclusive"? That's hilarious even from you. You should be ashamed of yourself, but you obviously lack the capacity. No More Mr Nice Guy (talk) 17:30, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
No. I made a joke about being put on the gallows for minor slips. It's called Gallows Humour. If you wish to make a case, like the fatuous attempt today, that I fake information (Accusation, Reply, Apology ), take it to the relevant bored (another pun: without a sense of humour or irony, no normal human being can edit here for long).Nishidani (talk) 17:37, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, what passes for normal nowadays can turn one's stomach. Apropos my user page, which was not about you but about Wikipedia and Western society in general. You're just a symptom. No More Mr Nice Guy (talk) 18:06, 20 May 2015 (UTC)