Commander Ronen Avreieli, of the City Center Israel Police Station falsely stated in Israel TV Arutz2 interview that Israel Police immediateley arrived on location and restored the public peace.
Panoramic view of Zion Square, August 17, 2012, 00:33,20
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Zion Square, Jerusalem, August 21 - in an interview with Israel TV, Arutz2, recorded today on location in Zion Square, Jerusalem, site of the lynching of an Arab youth on the early hours of August 17, Israel Police City Center Commander Ronen Avrieli has stated that police immediately arrived on location and restored public peace and order.
Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO), who was present on location during the videotaping, immediately challenged Commander Avrieli's statements as false and deliberately misleading.
Eye witnesses during the event stated that they called police emergency lines and sought help for "murder" being committed. However, police, whose headquarter is less than half a mile away, took about 15-30 minutes to arrive. One of the witnesses confirmed this fact also to the interview team.
According to eye witnesses, when police arrived, the victim was still standing when police arrived, but they did not stop the violence until the victim was lying on the ground motionless.
Needless to say, video recordings of the surveillance cameras, held by police, could provide the unequivocal answer to this question. It is doubted that in any investigation of the case by State of Israel authorities the videos will be released.
Commander Avrieli also failed to answer additional troubling questions regarding the event, and security policies of the Israel Police in Zion Square:
* Why has police refused over the past year and a half to deploy uniformed police in Zion Square, at least during the weekend nights, even after a similar lynching event in February 2011 almost in the exact same location, and after repeated requests for Equal Protection by uniformed police presence in the Square?
* Why did none of the multiple undercover police deployed in the area stop the violence? From other incidents in the Square area it is clear that there are almost numerous undercover police around the Square.
According to Dr Zernik, the reliance on undercover police only and the refusal to deploy uniformed police, together with the heavy reliance on surveillance, are employed for differential law enforcement, or discrimination in providing Equal Protection under the law.
In the aftermath of today's videotaping, Dr Zernik provided the Aruz2 journalist with copies of his correspondence with Knesset (parliament) and with the Israel Police on the issue of lack of security in Zion Square, refusal to deploy uniformed police, and the dubious role of uncover police in the Square.
Separately, the US government has denounced terror activity by Jews against Arabs over the past weekend.
 11-06-21 Correspondence With the Office of Member of Knesset Dov Hanin Re Uniformed Police Presence in Zion Square (Hebrew and English)
 12-07-31 Open Memo to Nitzav Meni Yitzhaqi Substitute Commander, Jerusalem District (Mahoz) Israel Police, in re: Evidence of deficient Public Safety and alleged violations of Human Rights in Zion Square area, conclusions and recommendations s (Hebrew)
 12-08-18 PRESS RELEASE: Lynch or Pogrom in Zion Square - A Call for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Conduct of Israel Police (Hebrew and English)
Joseph Zernik, PhDHuman Rights Alert (NGO)
* The 2010 submission of Human Rights Alert to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, regarding the United States, was reviewed by the HRC professional staff and incorporated in the official HRC Professional Staff Report with a note referring to "corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California."
* The 2012 submission of Human Rights Alert to the HRC regarding the State of Israel, titled "Integrity or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel," is scheduled for review in early 2013.
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