2000 Ramallah lynching
2000 Ramallah lynching.
The 2000 Ramallah lynching was a violent gruesome attack that took place on October 12, 2000 – early in the Al-Aqsa Intifada – at the el-Bireh "Palestinian" police station in Ramallah under Yasser Arafat reign, where a mass of Arab Palestinian crowd with help from some official Palestinian police killed and mutilated the bodies of two Israelis (in plain clothes who were redressed with IDF uniforms by the lynchers). It continued on in public square. Openly. With cries of 'Allah akbar'. The bragging about, cheerfully waving with blooded hand, body thrown unto cheering clapping crowd, the stepping on the bodies, mutilation, gouging out eyes, waving internal organs with screams - exposed animalism.
There was general sheer horror by watching the clip at the time, human rights activist described it "animalistic lynching;" eyewitness journalist described the scene: "they were like animals" and one of the lynchers in his statement uttered: "we were in a craze to see blood." Some of the headlines in newspapers: Continuation of the age of barbarism / Endless bestiality / A horror in Ramallah.
Photographer was beaten and media outlets were threatened not to publicize. It since intensified even more the routine in ignoring Palestinian-Arab heinous crimes.
In numbers: some 1,000 gathered ahead of the lynching.
Years later, those chiefly committing the savagery were praised by the official Palestinian Authority media.
- 1 Event
- 2 Reaction to 'animalistic lynching'
- 3 Main perpetrators
- 4 Chilling phone call from the murderer
- 5 Kindergarten celebrates lynching
- 6 Official approval
- 7 Guilty Palestinian Authority
- 8 Media
- 9 The 'lynch test'
- 10 Greater fear by the press post the lynch
- 11 2021 Scare
- 12 External links
- 13 See also
- 14 References
The two Israelis lost their way, being unfamiliar, entered an Arab Palestinian area.
Soon an angry crowd of more than 1,000 Palestinians gathered in front of the station calling for the death of the Israelis. Word that two soldiers in plain clothes were held in a Ramallah police station reached Israel within 15 minutes.
The Israelis were beaten to death with batons and iron rods, and stabbed several times. At this point, a Palestinian (later identified as Aziz Salha), appeared at the window, displaying his blood-soaked hands to the crowd, which erupted into cheers. The crowd clapped and cheered as one of the soldier's bodies (doubted alive or dead) was then thrown out the window upside down and stamped and beaten by the frenzied mob. One of the two was shot and set on fire, and his head was beaten to a pulp.
I got out of the car to see what was happening and saw that they were dragging something behind them. Within moments they were in front of me and, to my horror, I saw that it was a body, a man they were dragging by the feet. The lower part of his body was on fire and the upper part had been shot at, and the head beaten so badly that it was a pulp, like red jelly.'
I thought he was a soldier because I could see the remains of the khaki trousers and boots. My God, I thought, they've killed this guy. He was dead, he must have been dead, but they were still beating him, madly, kicking his head. They were like animals.
They were just a few feet in front of me and I could see everything. Instinctively, I reached for my camera. I was composing the picture when I was punched in the face by a Palestinian. Another Palestinian pointed right at me shouting 'no picture, no picture!', while another guy hit me in the face and said 'give me your film!'
I tried to get the film out but they were all grabbing me and the one guy just pulled the camera off me and smashed it to the floor. I knew I had lost the chance to take the photograph that would have made me famous and I had lost my favourite lens that I'd used all over the world, but I didn't care. I was scared for my life.At the same time, the guy that looked like a soldier was being beaten and the crowd was getting angrier and angrier, shouting 'Allah akbar' - God is great. They were dragging the dead man around the street like a cat toying with a mouse. It was the most horrible thing that I have ever seen and I have reported from Congo, Kosovo, many bad places. In Kosovo, I saw Serbs beating an Albanian but it wasn't like this. There was such hatred, such unbelievable hatred and anger distorting their faces.
According to reporters' evidence on the scene, not only did the Palestinian police not protect the two men slaughtered while in their custody in the Ramallah police station, but they also tried to prevent foreign journalists in the area around the building from filming the incident.
Despite the attempts to distance reports, an Italian television crew managed to film several scenes. Soon after, the crowd dragged the two mutilated bodies to Al-Manara Square in the city center and began an impromptu victory celebration.
The rioters seized the two soldiers and violently began to assault them. They used anything they could grab inside the station, including their bare hands.
They strangled, clubbed, stabbed and kicked the Israelis so badly there was barely anything left.
Proudly the murderers flung open the windows of the room infamously displaying their blood-drenched hands to the cheering crowds of rioters outside.
With the scent of Jewish blood in the air, the frenzied mob demanded that they too should get a piece of the Israeli bodies and so the killers on the second floor obliged.They threw the lifeless bodies of Norzhich and Avrahami out of the window to the courtyard below. The street assembly now joined in the lynching, further bludgeoning and ripping the dead Israelis apart, before setting one on fire.
... Palestinian Authority policemen actually took part in the horrific assault.
What followed can only be described as a savage, barbaric lynching. The crazed mob beat and stabbed the Israelis, tore the men limb from limb and gouged out their eyes. During the attack, Mr Avrahami’s wife Hani called him on his mobile phone. Instead of being greeted as usual, an unfamiliar strange voice answered the phone: “I just killed your husband.”
As all this was happening, one man came to the window and, much to the delight of the delirious crowd below, triumphantly held up his blood-soaked hands for all to see.
The crowd stood below, waving fists and cheering. The body of one of the soldiers was then thrown out of the window. The baying crowd rushed to attack, beating and stamping the lifeless body in a frenzy. The body of the other soldier was set on fire. One of the soldiers was later seen upside down, dangling from a rope.The horrendous episode was not over. Within minutes of murdering the Israelis, the mob dragged the two butchered bodies to nearby Al-Manara Square, and broke out into impromptu victory celebrations.
One.. is set on fire. The rioters tear off their internal organs and wave them in triumph. I go through the film in slow motion, the pictures like customers from a pagan revelry. A policeman is standing by the window. There is a river of happiness on his face and he waves to the crowd with his hands in the gesture of a football player who has scored an amazing goal. A woman running in the crowd, dressed in the white of angels, running feverishly rejoicing in amok. The lynching continues until a rumor spread in the crowd that the IDF is about to act causes him to flee.
Palestinian-Arab police officers tried to confiscate footage from reporters.
Ra'ad A-Sheikh, a Ramallah cop spotted a red Ford Sierra approaching the station. He asked the soldiers what they were doing in the city. Testimony show utter barbarism: The terrorist cop:
"They told me they lost their way and they need to get to Beth-El," he said. Beth-El is close to Ramallah and is home to several central army bases in control of the Judea and Samaria region."I led the soldiers into the police station, after the crowds outside the station began pressuring me"...
One of the lynchers:
"I approached him and I saw a knife in his back right shoulder" ... "I took the knife from the back of the soldier and stabbed him in the back two or three times, and left the knife in his back. Others in the room continued to hit the soldier in the legs."
"After stabbing the soldier, I put my hand over his mouth to strangle him. I saw that my hands were stained with blood and my shirt covered in blood at the bottom, then went to the window and I waved my hands to people in the yard," .."Then I returned from the window and saw the other soldier lying on his stomach in one corner of the room."
"We were in a craze to see blood. I entered the room… I saw an Israeli soldier sprawled on the floor in front of the door,” said 32-year-old Aziz Salha..
Jamal Tirawi, the Palestinian Intelligence chief at the Mukata'a nearby, only intervened hours after the second soldier lay dying.
Reaction to 'animalistic lynching'
Disappointment at Oslo Accord:
When the latest round of violence broke out September, 2000, called the second Intifada, many Israelis were shocked by the depth of hatred the Palestinians displayed towards them. The animalistic lynching and the calls of "Death to the Jews" that echoed through the Arab world shocked even the most ardent supporters of peaceful compromise.
The brutal killing in the first weeks of the Second "Palestinian" Intifada, deeply shocked Israeli society and the image of a Palestinian man proudly displaying his blood soaked hands to a mob has become an iconic moment in the long history of violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.Official:
This was not the first massacre perpetrated by Palestinians in the post Oslo agreements era, but the savagery and the PA complicity shocked all Israelis. This was the beginning of the Second Intifada, which lasted till early 2005 and cost the lives of over 1,000 Israelis.
Aziz Salha - one of the lynchers, waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window - has schocked Israel. Muhammad Howara, Ziad Hamdada, Mohamed Abu Ida, Wisam Radi, Haiman Zabam, Marwan Ibrahim Tawfik Maadi, and Yasser Ibrahim Mohammed Khatab.
Chilling phone call from the murderer
Kindergarten celebrates lynching
Less than two years later, Gaza kindergarten graduation celebrated the lynching of Jews.  The Israeli newspaper Maariv includes a photo of a young Palestinian girl at her kindergarten graduation holding up hands dipped in red paint in emulation of the scene at the lynching of two Jewish reservists in Ramallah, were the murderers showed their bloody hands to the crowd.
In 2018, the official Palestinian Authority TV has praised attackers. An official Palestinian Authority television program recently honored three Palestinians who took part in the vicious lynching of a pair of Israeli reservists at the start of the Second Intifada. The butchers were honored as "heroic." 
It's part of a horrific routine, Palestinian leadership who glorifies such incidents and names public schools and streets after convicted murderers. 
Guilty Palestinian Authority
Major international media tried very hard to play it down, with some offering "context." The BBC even years later, didn't change it's misreporting about the Israelis clothes. While the fact is that the victims were in civilian clothes first. (reported so even by ardent anti-Israel critic portal) before the attackers changed their clothes into uniforms.
The 'lynch test'
In the wake of this horrific lynch, contrast with the way of radical "liberal" anti-Israel Haaretz "journalists" conduct, a distinguished journalist, Nachum Barnea published the idea of the 'Lynch Test.' Stating that these did not pass and are still not able to criticize the Arab-Palestinians, Arab terrorism. He identified Haaretz journalists: Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and Akiva Eldar as not passing the lynch test.
Greater fear by the press post the lynch
The aftermath of the filming of the infamous Ramallah lynching last October, revealed mass intimidation into self-censorship. First was noted the situation in general:
Journalists and the Palestinian Authority have what might euphemistically be called a strained relationship. The independent Committee to Protect Journalists, which monitors abuses against the press and promotes press freedom around the world, reports: "In the nearly seven years since the Palestinian National Authority assumed control over parts of the West Bank and Gaza, Chairman Yasser Arafat and his multi-layered security apparatus have muzzled local press critics via arbitrary arrests, threats, physical abuse and the closure of media outlets. Over the years, the Arafat regime has managed to frighten most Palestinian journalists into self-censorship."
There's no reason to suspect that foreign correspondents — who were notoriously hounded in Beirut 20 years ago by the PNA's forerunner, the PLO — are not exercising the same kind of self-censorship today, compromising fair and objective coverage of the current situation.
Still, the most effective clamp on the truth is the peer group — the homogenized ideology of the press corps where independent thinking continues to require courage and fortitude. In a region where the media has in many ways shaped the conflict, the combination of fear and lockstep thinking on the part of its protagonists does not bode well for its resolution.
Then the great worsening after the lynch:
Ramallah: never the same
The lynching of two Israeli reservists in Ramallah last October proved to be a watershed in coverage of the new intifada. Up until that point, most Western journalists traveled wherever they wanted to in their quest to convey the essence of Arab violence and Israeli reaction. Sky TV News reporter Chris Roberts says that at the outset of the violence, the PA welcomed reporters with open arms.
"They wanted us to show 12-year-olds being killed," he explains. But after the lynch, when PA operatives did their best to confiscate and destroy tape of the grisly event and Israel Defense Forces used the images to target and arrest the perpetrators, Palestinians have sometimes vented their hostility toward the U.S by harassing and intimidating Western correspondents.
"Post-Ramallah, where all goodwill was lost, I'm a lot more sensitive about going places," Roberts admits.
Even people like Ahmed Budeiri, a bright, 20-something Arab stringer for ABC-TV, acknowledges that Ramallah was "really dangerous for foreigners," after the lynch.
According to firsthand reports, a Polish television crew was surrounded by Palestinian security forces, beaten and relieved of their film of the lynching. But most of the TV cameramen were Palestinians. Given PA intimidation of Palestinian journalists, it's not surprising that almost all of them, except for one working for the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera and another shooter for the independent Italian station, RTI, meekly handed over their film.
Nasser Atta, a Palestinian producer with the ABC News network, was outside the Ramallah police station with a camera crew as the bloody scene unfolded. Appearing the next day on ABC's "Nightline," he told host Ted Koppel that crowd members had assaulted his team to stop them from filming the action. "I saw how the youth tried to prevented [sic] — prevented my crew from shooting this footage. My cameraman was beaten," Atta said.
A British photographer, Mark Seager wrote in London's Sunday Telegraph Oct. 22: "I was composing the picture when I was punched in the face by a Palestinian. Another Palestinian pointed right at me, shouting 'no picture, no pictures,' while another guy hit me in the face and said, 'Give me your film.' One guy just pulled the camera from me and smashed it to the floor."
Most reporters acknowledge that the PA openly confiscated TV footage and still photos of the lynching. But some, like Canadian Broadcasting Company's Neil Macdonald, asked PA Security chief Jibril Rajoub about the matter and were told that no tape was seized.
Others, like the New York Times' William Orme, came to their own conclusion that while the mob that attacked journalists did include some uniformed Palestinian police officers, "no one is suggesting that it was PA policy. It was not an official order."
The film that did escape the clutches of the PA police made its way to TV screens around the world in an unorthodox way. According to Gideon Meir, deputy director general for public affairs at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Israeli Embassy in Rome was able to secure the video from the independent Italian RTI TV station, and within six hours of the gruesome event, the images were received in Jerusalem. The Italians released it without charge, said Meir.
TVNewsweb, a website for TV editors and correspondents, reported the transmission of the footage a little differently.
"Two tapes are spirited away and reappear in Jerusalem one hour later. Al-Jazeera's tape is offered for sale at US$1,000 per minute, but it's shot shakily from far away and lacks impact. The RTI tape is extremely graphic."RTI's Israeli tape editor, who was at the scene, gives her eyewitness account at a Jerusalem press conference organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Government Press Office. RTI eventually makes the tape available to the agencies in Italy and the gruesome pictures lead most evening newscasts.
On Dec 1, 2021, two religious Jews [Hasidim, which everyone in the area is aware, they are not even Zionists and generally - avoid IDF draft] accidentally entered Ramallah, they were immediately attacked in a near lynching attempt. The Arab "Palestinian" racist mob began attacking them with blocks and batons with shrills and hateful remarks. The sense of -infamous heinous 2000 Ramallah lynch- déjà vu was unavoidable. At the end, the 'thirsty' mob got "satisfied" with burning the car while screaming. PA police rescued the two and handed them over to the IDF.
- The Palestinian Atrocity in Ramallah, 2000, and The Ongoing Repercussions
- The ultimate act of barbarism... (Caution - graphic!)
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- 13 years on: BBC website still misleads over 2000 Ramallah lynching - CAMERA UK Hadar Sela, Oct 12, 2013
- Reminder: Today just 13 years ago (12.10.2000) the lynching was carried out in Ramallah, Rotter, 10/20/13.
During this time, Sergeant M. Yossi Avrahami and C. Vadim Norzic were brutally murdered.
The two rambled into the city of Ramallah, were apprehended by Palestinian police, and taken to a police station. The policemen allowed the crowd to enter the police station, where the crowd, as well as more than a dozen policemen, used severe violence against them, which included beatings to death with batons and iron rods, and stabbed them several times.
The news of the Israelis' presence at the police station soon spread, and hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the police yard equipped with sticks and blocks and encouraged the abusers with calls to kill the soldiers. The enthusiastic crowd set fire to the .. car and demanded that they be taken over. Norzic was thrown upside down through the window on the second floor (about 8 meters high), and Avrahami through the door, into the hands of the angry mob, who uprooted their eyes, stabbed, trampled and beat them. At about 10:30 a.m., the Palestinian mob dragged the soldiers down Al-Manara Square in the heart of Ramallah and continued abusing and retaliating against them. Nordic was set on fire, and the rioters ripped off their internal organs and waved them in triumph.
One of the well-known lynching pictures is a picture of 'Abd al-'Aziz Salha showing his blood-stained hands to the crowd:This terrorist was apprehended in 2001, partially confessed to lynching, convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but was released about ten years later in the [Yigal] Shalit deal.
17 years since the lynching in Ramallah - We must not forget the incident in which a humanity was lost.
Erel Segal, Walla, October 13, 2017.
The image of the blood-stained hands symbolizes the event that was a kind of "promo" for the plots of ISIS sadism and reminded of the double standards of the West. No matter how secular and progressive Ramallah I hear, as a Jew I will only remember the lynching.
...Ramallah originally "Beit Allah" (the house of Allah) is a distortion of the name of the ancient Hebrew settlement of Beit El which stood nearby. She entered the horror album of history solely because of the lynching of Vadim Norzic and Yossi Avrahami, exactly 17 years ago, Thursday, October 12, 2000. The images from Ramallah were burned into consciousness and testified that the city is not home to Allah or any other god, it is a city where people lost a photographer mortal.
The image engraved in memory most of all is of course the blood-stained palms displayed through a mob window. Aziz Saleha took out his red hands from blood in a morbid ecstasy to show to the crowd, here is the Jewish blood dripping. A few minutes earlier, Saleha had entered the police building, passed between the rooms until he noticed the late Corporal Vadim Norwich lying on his stomach, 15 men kicking him and a knife in his back. Saleha pulled out the knife and stabbed Norjic three times, his hands full of blood and he went to the window and waved to the crowd. Saleha was released in the Shalit deal. Every day he steps on the ground is an insult to the human race and a shame to the State of Israel.
Saleha's picture in the window seems to have been taken from the Jewish album of anguish throughout the ages. The videos of the masses abusing the bodies ... It has become symbolic not only because it makes it very clear to all dreamers who we are facing, but because it has folded into it some evil and purulent sands. It symbolized the helplessness and disgrace of the Barak government, it once again proved the dual morality of the Western media and was also a kind of "promo" for the sadism plots of the Islamic State (ISIS) organization.
Morning Thursday, October 12, 2000. A few days after the outbreak of the Intifada. Vadim Norzic and Yossi Avrahami, reservists, get lost on their way to Ramallah. Palestinian passers-by identify the car, block the road, pelt them with stones. In the distance, the two notice Palestinian policemen in uniform. These, the two thought, would surely treat us like soldiers in soldiers. As members of a culture. Her expression is replaced by a hint of a sense of security. At 10:15 a.m., they are ushered into the commander's office on the second floor of the Ramallah police station. Lots of people gather outside. The policemen signal to the crowd to wait, they will take the soldiers out to them. One of the cops opens the office doors and the predators break in. The soldiers beg for their lives but the crowd inside it the police brutally beat them. This is a terrible lynching. They are beaten to death by everything next in hand. The bodies are thrown through the window into the hands of the mob.
At 10:30, the Palestinian crowd drags the soldiers down Al-Manara Square. Insane abuse, real cannibalism. I write the graphic (censored) description that must be remembered. One of the soldiers is set on fire. The rioters tear off their internal organs and wave them in triumph. I go through the film in slow motion, the pictures like customers from a pagan revelry. A policeman is standing by the window. There is a river of happiness on his face and he waves to the crowd with his hands in the gesture of a football player who has scored an amazing goal. A woman running in the crowd, dressed in the white of angels, running feverishly rejoicing in amok.
The lynching continues until a rumor spread in the crowd that the IDF is about to act causes him to flee. All those minutes, an Italian TV crew documents the raging barbarism. Within 15 minutes, the news of people captured in Ramallah reaches Israel. The expected of the Palestinian security forces. Add the Yusuf Madhat, this was not a year the army would want to be proud of.
It is also difficult to understand the logic behind the Barak government's response. Sad joke. The Palestinians were warned about two hours after the incident to stay away from the police building where the soldiers were slaughtered to ensure that no Palestinians were harmed, only buildings. Before each attack, the pilots fired warning shots at an open area. Why, while the mob roamed the streets, sacrificing parts of their faces in front of you, did not a helicopter spit fire at them?
The Americans eliminated half of Mogadishu in retaliation for the downing of a helicopter. In Ramallah, Israeli deterrence disintegrated and the massacre of our people began. Only Operation Defensive Shield stopped the Palestinian death orgy. After the lynching and the rampage of the crowd, it was time for Western hypocrisy to run amok. An Italian team that photographed the lynching did not broadcast the photos contrary to any journalistic logic. Not only fear of revenge on the Palestinians (who threatened the staff) was there, but also an expression of the overwhelming support of the Italian media for the Palestinian story. The lynching in Ramallah knocked out the thesis. Italy's ambassador to the UN said that "it is possible that Israel sent the two soldiers to the center of Ramallah knowing that they would be lynched and thus its media image would be improved."
A rumor about the terrible clip (and the giant scoop) reached within minutes to every TV network in the world. The Italians have opened global negotiations for the sale of the film. Set price: $ 1,200 per minute of broadcast. Quite a bit, when you double the amount by hundreds of stations. But in the afternoon the Italians regretted it. That evening, Italian television broadcast the attack on Air Force helicopters, but not the images that show why we attacked. The Italian journalists, who witnessed the lynching, refused to be interviewed. They argued that they did not want to be a tool in the hands of one of the parties. The full movie was finally aired. Threats began. Journalists in hysteria for fear of Palestinian revenge. The Italian state television reporter, the competing network, published an ad that clarifies that it was not his network that filmed and broadcast.The lynching in Ramallah echoes the words of Naomi Shemer in an interview in which she quoted the words of her husband, Mordechai Horowitz, that "the Arabs love their murder hot and steamy, and if they ever have the freedom to fulfill themselves, we will miss the good and sterile gas of the Germans." For her remarks in the interview, Shemer received a stormy response from the enlightened. Nahum Barnea, for example, asked his readers to cross to the other side of the sidewalk when they met her. But when watching the lynching movie, the mob that cannibally abuses corpses, even if I want to avoid racist generalizations, I find it hard not to find a nucleus of truth in her words.
- The Journal of International Security Affairs. No. 1, Summer 2001. p. 33. Natan Sharansky (human rights advocate): "From Helsinki to Oslo." The Recent Violence. When the latest round of violence broke out last September, many Israelis were shocked by the depth of hatred the Palestinians displayed towards them... The animalistic lynching of our soldiers and the calls of "Death to the Jews" that echoed through the Arab world shocked even the most ardent supporters of peaceful compromise.
- Philips, Alan, “A Day of Rage, Revenge and Bloodshed,” The Telegraph, October 13, 2000. Terrorism Against Israel: Eyewitness to Ramallah Lynching. (October 12, 2000) - JVL 
- Adiv Sterman, 'We were in a craze to see blood', TOI, 25 Dec 25, 2013. Court releases testimonies of Palestinians who were involved in the brutal Ramallah lynching of two IDF soldiers in 2000
- Some of the headlines in newspapers at the time, qtd in: "The Arab-Israeli Arab conflict, the lynch in Ramallah" - 'Job Description: Was there a difference in coverage between the various newspapers and why, and was the difference consistent in the days that followed - in editorials and commentaries.' 2006
- Raed Mahmoud Jamil Sheikh - The military prosecutor March 3, 2003.
An animalistic attack that has been dubbed the "lynching in Ramallah." In this "lynching", the late soldiers Corporal and Dim Norzec and the late Sergeant Yosef Avrahami were brutally beaten inside the Ramallah police station, and later, as doubted-alive / doubted-dead, they were thrown from the station's second floor window and there a crowd abused the bodies of the soldiers.As part of the investigation into this shocking affair, one of the Ramallah police officers, Raed Sheikh, was arrested, among others...
- Sarah Honig Another Tack: Some truly hated truths, JPost, Aug 7, 2014.
The truth is that the world favors a one-sided war in which Arabs inflict punishment on Israelis but expect none back.
This truth, however, is as politically incorrect as it gets.
This truth flies hard in the face of the moral relativism that has been imposed on supposed thinkers in the postmodern realm – parading as pluralism, multiculturalism and under other manipulative monikers. This deceptive equivalence holds the western mindset a prisoner-of-war in the great clash of civilizations between democratic tolerance and Islamic tyranny.
Those who obstinately spurn this truth, invariably hate Jews and/or Jewish national sovereignty more than they love themselves or cherish their own freedoms.
Woe betide anyone who accuses Arabs of bloodlust, of savagery, of primitive bestiality. Yet these are eminently justified accusations.
How otherwise can we characterize the images of Fatah loyalists elatedly glorying in the blood dripping from their hands after they had butchered two Israeli reservists – Vadim Norzhitz and Yossi Avrahami - on October 12, 2000.
The victims’ sole sin was getting lost, taking the wrong turn and blundering into Ramallah. By the jungle rules of Palestinian society that sufficed to mandate a gruesome death sentence.
Although taken into custody by PA policemen, Norzhitz and Avrahami were beaten to a pulp inside the station and then tossed out the window to the eager cannibalistic mob, which proceeded to rip the two to shreds, mutilate the corpses and burn them.
Entrails and bloodied organs were hoisted triumphantly in feral brutality. The unrecognizable remains were dragged, with the avid help of the cops, to al-Manara Square where a maniacal impromptu celebration broke out.
None of this would have been acknowledged had an Italian film crew (later identified as working for Mediaset) not filmed isolated segments of the slaughter surreptitiously.
British photographer Mark Seager was assaulted when he attempted to snap shots. He afterwards testified that the lynching “was the most horrible thing that I have ever seen and I have reported from Congo, Kosovo, many bad places... I'm a very forgiving person but I'll never forget this. It was murder of the most barbaric kind. When I think about it, I see that man's head, all smashed. I know that I'll have nightmares for the rest of my life.”
An ABC crew that also sought to do its job was intimidated with knives, clubs and actual beatings.
It got way worse. There were outright threats against outlets who dared broadcast Mediaset’s footage. Four days after the murders, Ricardo Cristiano, deputy head of the Jerusalem bureau of Italy's state television channel RAI, publically dissociated himself and his organization from any connection to the visual chronicling of Ramallah’s horror.
In a letter published in the PA’s official daily al-Hayat al-Jadida, Cristiano unhesitatingly threw Mediaset’s team to the dogs and forced it to pull out of all Palestinian areas for fear of deadly revenge attacks. Long live freedom of the press.
The craven capitulation to Arab diktats didn’t end there. Obsequiously, Cristiano pledged that he and all RAI personnel “always respect (and will continue to respect) the journalistic procedures with the Palestinian Authority for journalistic work in Palestine and we are credible in our precise work... We thank you [the Palestinian Authority] for your trust, and you can be sure that this is not our way of acting. We do not (will not) do such a thing" [expose an atrocity].
After this, pardon us headstrong Israelis for our jaundiced view of the impartiality of the foreign media. Nothing that may cast the Arabs in a negative light is likely to be resonated. Yet news purveyors overseas do love bodies and blood – as long as they aren’t Jewish. Arab bodies and suffering that can be blamed on Jews sell newspapers and raise ratings. Nothing must, heaven forefend, impart a smidgen of skepticism about the updated gospel of Jewish villainy.
The cowardice and bias so shamefully laid bare on October 2000 hadn’t diminished. If anything, they mushroomed. They earned acceptance and respectability which rule out casting any doubt on what’s dished out to uninitiated news-consumers in other lands.
Nothing must be shown of Hamas’s exploitation of civilians in Gaza while everything must be done to disseminate what Arabs propagandists want shown. The resultant impression is irredeemably skewed and not unintentionally so.It’s from this ill-will that contentions of “disproportionality” spring forth. For the Jewish state and for it alone a new standard has been set up: there need be as many dead Jews as there are Arab dead. Not enough dead Jews upset the equanimity of judgmental world opinion.
- Resident Evil Ramallah: Zombie-Like Cannibalism in the West Bank, Collegetimes, Aug 23, 2009.
... the horrifying and cannibalistic way in which these so-called people murdered the soldiers. Throw in the bit about one of the cannibals answering one of the IDF soldiers’ phone with “We are killing your husband” and you not only have a morally despicable crowd of subhumans but a bunch of viciously sadistic assholes, too... See why I didn’t post the picture here? And these weren’t even militants or terrorists. Just civilians.... This incident begs the question, in this relatively civilized day and age- what could possibly possess so many men to eviscerate and devour two human beings? Really, there are only two reasons for ingesting a living, breathing form of life: hunger and hatred (in the animal kingdom, animosity). Obviously not hunger; the West Bank’s economy has steadily been increasing over the years and is now better than it’s ever been. Which leaves us with hatred, begging a second question:Just how much do you have to hate someone you don’t even know to tear them apart.. (after stabbing them, lynching them, and gouging their eyes out)?
- The Ultimate Act of Barbarism... https://arabterrorism.tripod.com/barbarism.html
- Cody Levine, Remembering the Ramallah Lynching, 20 years later, JPost, Oct 16, 2020.
The lynching was perhaps a watershed moment in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and set the course of the next five years of great suffering.
James Sinkinson, "What the Ramallah lynchings taught us about Palestinian incitement", JNS, October 25, 2020.
To achieve real peace, the international community and mainstream media must ensure that the P.A. ends its daily campaign of incitement and dehumanization.
The most visceral image from that day was that of Aziz Salha proudly waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window.
This bestial murder, and the ghastly images surrounding it, have haunted a generation of Israelis who had supported the Oslo peace accords and witnessed, only a few months previously, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak offer the Palestinian leadership a state with Jerusalem as its capital and control over the Temple Mount. The Palestinians rejected this offer out of hand, like all before and since.At that moment, many Israelis understood that to perpetrate such a murder, and delight in it as thousands of onlookers did, flatly contradicted their belief that the Palestinian people truly wanted peace.
Ramallah Lynch - Today 20 Years Ago (Thursday, October 12, 2000).
Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center
Premiered Oct 13, 2020. Clip.
Today we mark 20 years to the brutal Ramallah lynching. On the morning of Thursday, October 12, 2000, two weeks after the outbreak of the second intifada, reservists Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Norzhich made their way towards their unit's assembly point near Beit El. The two were unfamiliar with the roads in the area and accidentally headed straight into the Ramallah. The yellow Israeli license plate indicated they were not locals, and within minutes, they became targets. Palestinian mob surrounded the car and started rocking it violently, as others threw blocks at the passengers. Two Palestinian policemen who arrived at the scene pulled the two men out of the vehicle, pointing guns to their heads, and dragged them to the Ramallah police station for interrogation. An agitated crowd began gathering outside the station, screaming at the policemen inside, demanding they kill the two Israelis. Avrahami and Norzhich begged for their lives, but they didn't stand a chance.
After brutally beating and stabbing them, the policemen opened the front doors, letting the raging mob in.
Norzhich was beaten with metal pipes and then thrown out of the window. Avrahami was tossed through the front doors into the rioting crowd outside.
When Chana Avrahami called her husband, one of the killers answered the phone. "I slaughtered your husband a few minutes ago," he told her in Hebrew and hung up.
Fifteen minutes later, the mob dragged the two to the main square, where their bodies were mutilated.
The unbelievable cruelty of the murders is as shocking today as it was twenty years ago. The image of Aziz Salha's blood-soaked hands will forever remain a traumatic national memory. We will never forget. We do not forgive.Attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Shurat HaDin, represented the bereaved families in the first-ever lawsuit against the Palestinian Authority. In July 2019, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the Palestinian Authority holds responsibility for the brutal attack and must pay compensation to the victims' families. Shurat HaDin stands by the grieving families as we await the final ruling.
- Today 15 years ago. Do not forget the lynching and with whom we have business ..., Young people of the JH, Oct 12, 2015.
When they arrived at the police station at 10:15 a.m., they were led to the commander's office on the second floor. At that time a lot of Palestinians tried to murder the soldiers while they were inside the station, but the police ordered the crowd to wait outside the station gate until they took the soldiers out of the station and then gave them to them to kill them. However, within moments one of the policemen opened the doors of the office for them, and many Palestinians filled the station and the office. Despite their pleas and cries, the crowd and more than a dozen policemen used severe violence against them and beat them with batons, iron bars and blunt objects, and stabbed them several times.The news ...soon spread, and hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the police yard equipped with sticks and blocks and encouraged the abusers with calls to kill...
- Whitaker, Raymond, "A strange voice said: I just killed your husband". The Independent. London. Sep 22, 2011.
- "'I'll have nightmares for the rest of my life,' photographer says". Chicago Sun-Tribune. October 22, 2000.at UN, [https://jr.co.il/articles/politics/lynch.txt Electronic Telegraph, ISSUE 1969, Sunday 15 October 2000], Rotter
- "Coverage of Oct 12 Lynch in Ramallah by Italian TV Station RAI", MFA, Oct 17, 2000.
- The Ramallah lynching was our warning of what was to come, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Ynet, Oct 19, 2020. The dark suspicion, separation and iron hand that categorizes Israel's relationship with the Palestinians today can all be traced back to the brutal murder of two IDF reservists in a West Bank police stations exactly 20 years ago.
- Remembering the Barbaric Ramallah Lynch, Emanuel Miller, HR,October 12, 2020.
- Details of 2000 Ramallah Lynch Revealed, Tova Dvorin, INN, Dec 24 , 2013. Transcripts from the interrogations of terrorists who killed Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz released, show utter barbarism.
- Hillel Frisch, The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies, pp.96–97
- Sue Surkes, Palestinian policeman convicted of 2000 Ramallah lynch freed TOI, March 28, 2017
- Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) Tweeted: This was not the first massacre perpetrated by Palestinians in the post Oslo agreements era, but the savagery and the PA complicity shocked all Israelis. This was the beginning of the Second Intifada, which lasted till early 2005 and cost the lives of over 1000 Israelis.  Oct 11, 2020
- Gaza kindergarten graduation celebrates lynching of Jews From Maariv, June 23, 2002. Likud
- PA TV praises attackers from 2000 Ramallah lynching — watchdog TOI Staff, July 6, 2018
- TV calls terrorists who helped murder two Israeli soldiers in 2000 ‘heroic’ Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik. JNS, July 6, 2018. Since their arrest, the Palestinian Authority has paid the three men salaries reaching a combined total of NIS 2,023,600 ($583,606).
- Remembering Palestinian Brutality to 2 IDF Soldiers Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami FB SWU, October 12, 2019.
19 years ago.. Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, mistakenly passed an Israeli checkpoint and entered Ramallah. They were detained by Palestinian police only to have the police station overrun by an angry mob of Palestinians.
What occurred after was one of the most horrific and violent incidents in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
The soldiers were beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disemboweled. At this point, a Palestinian (later identified as Aziz Salha), appeared at the window, displaying his blood-soaked hands to the crowd, which erupted into cheers. The crowd clapped and cheered as one of the soldier's bodies was then thrown out the window and stamped and beaten by the frenzied crowd. One of the bodies was set on fire. Soon after, the crowd dragged the two mutilated bodies to Al-Manara Square in the city center as the crowd began an impromptu victory celebration. Palestinian policemen did not prevent the lynching.
19 years later, we still face horrific violence from Palestinian terrorists and a Palestinian leadership who glorifies such incidents and names public schools and streets after convicted murderers.Prayers for a more peaceful future.
- Shame on 'Haaretz', Isi Leibler. JPost, Nov 6, 2007.
Nahum Barnea, the distinguished Yediot Aharonot columnist, went so far as to describe senior Haaretz journalists Gideon Levy, Amira Haas and Akiva Eldar as failing to pass the "lynch test" - i.e., even failing to condemn Palestinians when they murdered two Israelis in a lynch mob in Ramallah at the onset of the second intifada. More recently, consistent with frequent Haaretz depictions of Israel as a racist entity, the paper's chief Arab affairs expert, Danny Rubinstein, told a UN body that Israel was indeed an apartheid state. Of course, behind this torrid situation stands the publisher of Haaretz, Amos Schocken, who is personally convinced that Israel does indeed practice apartheid. BUT IT was only recently that Landau threw away all semblance of journalistic integrity and publicly confessed to crossing the ultimate red line that distinguishes reputable journalism from propaganda...
- Seliktar, Ofira (2009). Doomed to Failure?: The Politics and Intelligence of the Oslo Peace Process. ABC-CLIO. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-313-36617-8.
- Levin, Kenneth (2005). The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege. Smith and Kraus. p. 444. ISBN 978-1-57525-417-3.
- "Media frightened into self-censorship: How Palestinians intimidate the press into suppressing unfavorable coverage." by Judith Lash Balint. WND Staff. March 5, 2001.
- Leslie Stein (2014). Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow John Wiley & Sons.
- Almost lynching of two non Zionists Jews proves again Arab Islamic racism of "conflict", DP, Dec 2, 2021.
Two Hasidic Jews lost their way and accidentally entered Ramallah. The bloodthirsty raging wild mob attacked them with blocks and batons, while uttering hateful words and with shrills. The mob was about to commit heinous crimes which reminded the 2000 infamous lynch while some "Palestinian" police helped and crowds of thousands attended in cheering the throwing of body, the dismenring of dead bodies...
Everyone there knows fully well, Hasidim do not serve in IDF and are not even Zionists. Proving again that the Arab "Palestinian" street, incited by its very leadership and indoctrinated for years, is about pure Jew hatred. Racism. __Arab racists, Omar Shakir, Rashida Tlaib, et al, know all that.
- Palestinian police rescue Israelis from mob in West Bank, JPost, Dec 1, 2021.
By Jerusalem Post Staff .
Palestinian rioters threw rocks at the Israelis car, attempted to attack the two and set their car on fire. A Palestinian mob attacked two Israelis who entered Ramallah by mistake, on Wednesday night.The Palestinian rioters attempted to assault the two Israelis, threw rocks at their car and set it on fire.
- Col. (res.) Ronen Itsik, Ramallah: Hope, gloom and everything in between, ILH, Dec 2, 2021.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his cohort, deathly afraid of a Hamas takeover, will do everything in their power to avoid it. On the other hand, the Palestinian street is imbued with a seething hatred for Israel, which the PA will likely struggle to overcome.
The words "lynch in Ramallah" are traumatic for a reason – they bring us back to the days of October 2000, the beginning of the Second Intifada, when two IDF reservists, Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz, were horrifically murdered by a frenzied Palestinian mob in the city.
A little over 20 years have passed since that heinous incident, and on Wednesday night we almost witnessed history repeat itself after two Israeli were rescued by the skin of their teeth from a similarly crazed mob in Ramallah. The sense of déjà vu is unavoidable, as is the inclination to link Wednesday's incident to the events surrounding Operation Guardian of the Walls in Gaza just a few months ago, during which we saw several lynching attempts in Israeli cities, particularly Lod and Acre. In Wednesday's incident, meanwhile, we can find signs of both hope and gloom.
The hope stems from the fact that Palestinian security forces rescued the two Israelis. Don't think for a moment this was motivated by a sense of "neighborly love." The Palestinians haven't forgotten the chaos brought upon them by the Second Intifada.
Ramallah also knows the price of chaos
The Palestinian security forces are well aware that chaos on the ground will collapse the Palestinian Authority and open the door to Hamas – which from their perspective is worse than disastrous. Twenty years ago, the Palestinians chose not rescue Israeli border policeman Madhat Yousef, and the IDF's hesitation also led to his death. The situation today appears to be different, indicating a clear preference for cooperation that largely stems from being deterred – not just by the IDF, but by the fear that Hamas will exploit any hint of instability to seize control of parts of Judea and Samaria. Alongside this sign of hope, as stated, is also gloom. Two Israelis run into a crazed mob imbued with seething hatred and completely devoid of humanity. What was the sin of the two Israelis who found themselves in that situation? That they were driving around Area A heaven forbid? Does that justify such a pogrom? And what memories does it actually rekindle?
Despite relief: Seething hatred
The seething hatred that emanated from the incited Palestinian mob on the streets of Ramallah is identical to the enraged Arab mobs we saw on the streets of Lod, Acre, and elsewhere. The hatred and antisemitism have reached an alarming level. There is no value to human life – this is what the mob conveyed. And it aptly reflects the undercurrents in Palestinian society, which for the past 15 years has received economic relief and cooperation from Israel. The chaos that raged through Judea and Samaria during the Second Intifada is gone, the streets of Ramallah are prospering – yet this matters not to the incited mob – which has apparently already forgotten what happens when the State of Israel decides to take the gloves off.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas hasn't forgotten, nor has the suit and tie-wearing cohort surrounding him. Their fear of being flung from rooftops and being slaughtered by Hamas – as their associates were in Gaza after the last democratic election held by the PA in 2006 – fills them with dread. And they will do all in their power, absolutely everything, for those events not to repeat themselves. But there's a problem. Can the shaky PA government sufficiently contend with the masses? Can this rickety entity – which to a large extent is kept afloat by the IDF – cope with those undercurrents roused by Hamas? In recent weeks, to be sure, we have witnessed more than a few incidents on the ground, cheered on by Hezbollah as well, which is trying to flood the country with guns – and of course by Iran.The hatred on the Palestinian street, therefore, can certainly be a sign of things to come, such that Judea and Samaria could erupt sooner rather than later. Israel, in recent years, has focused on fighting wars in the north and south. The recent cluster of events in Judea and Samaria, however, alongside the incidents during Operation Guardian of the Walls, are a clear indication: We must also be ready for a broad escalation in which the IDF will have to fight on three or maybe even four fronts simultaneously. This requires the right amount of troops, capabilities, and mainly readiness. The signal is clear, and the question is whether it will be translated correctly on the operative and strategic levels.
- Shlomi Diaz, Efrat Forsher, Shachar Kleiman, Lynch experience in Israelis in Ramallah, ILH, Dec 1, 2021.
"We entered by mistake - and then started with blocks and batons": Israelis caught a lynching attempt in Ramallah The two Israelis... arrived at Manara Square in the center of the city - they were lightly injured, their car burned - the two, residents of Elad and Shiloh, were rescued by Palestinian security forces and handed over to the IDF. Hamas welcomed.
- Haim Goldberg, Almost a disaster - dramatic documentation, Kikar haShabat, [27 Kislev 5782, 01.12.21].
The vehicle was set on fire, the crowds screamed: an attempt to lynch Hasidim in Ramallah
Two [Hasidic-Jews] accidentally got into the heart of Ramallah in their vehicle, and were attacked by an angry Palestinian mob - their vehicle was set on fire and abusive calls were hurled at them - they were transferred to Israel by members of the security forces..
Drama in Ramallah: Two Breslav Hasidim accidentally got in their car to Ramallah and survived a lynching. The Hasidim's vehicle was set on fire by a local mob, who began circling the vehicle in Menara Square and shouting at the Hasidim.
The Palestinian security forces managed to rescue the Hasidim, and they were transferred to Israel by the security forces.
According to the citizens who entered Ramallah by mistake, this was while they were on their way to the Hasmonean settlement. According to them, when they stopped at a gas station in the area and collected money for gas, one of them asked an Arab who passed by the place, 'How do you get to the Hasmoneans in the shortest way?' Hela directed them in the direction of the PA. "Right when we got to the square, blocks and stones were thrown at us," they described.
A military source said that "the Israelis entered Ramallah with their car and reached al-Manara Square. The Palestinians identified them and set their car on fire. They managed to escape and Palestinian police evacuated them."
Upon arriving in Israel, the followers were taken for police interrogation, in an attempt to understand the cause of the incident.
An IDF spokesman said: "Two Israeli civilians entered the city of Ramallah. The civilians left accompanied by the Palestinian security forces in coordination with the security forces in the area. Event details under review. We will emphasize that entry into Area A is prohibited and dangerous for Israelis. ""The two were transferred by the Palestinian security forces to an IDF force at the Focus checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Ramallah. The two civilians underwent a medical examination there and did not need to be evacuated to a hospital, and are now being questioned by the Israel Police."
- Israelis attacked after mistakenly entering Ramallah, INN, Dec 1, 2021.
Near-lynching of Jews. Vehicle carrying two Israelis attacked and set on fire after entering Ramallah. PA police rescue them and transfer them to IDF.... The IDF spokesman said that "following the report of two Israeli civilians entering the city of Ramallah, the two were transferred by Palestinian security forces to an IDF force at the Focus checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Ramallah."
- Assaf Gibor, In order to renew ties with the Americans, Abu Mazen will save Jews from lynching, Major Rishon, [28 Kislev 5782. 02/12/2021].
Hamas condemned the Palestinian Authority for rescuing the two Israelis who were caught in the heart of Ramallah last night. The incident ended "only" in the arson of their vehicle, and not in vain
The bloodthirsty Palestinians whom the two Israelis, Breslav Hasidim, fell into the hands of in the heart of Ramallah, had already seen in their eyes the next lynching.
Videos taken at the time of the incident documented the moments of fear: the two were pushed into the back seat of their vehicle and around them crowds blew up the car windows and smashed the roof using large stones. The lynching was avoided when the Palestinian security forces transferred the two to the IDF, the Palestinians contented themselves with crushing the vehicle to the sound of cheers and shouts of joy.
When PA officials arrived to remove the burnt vehicle, the crowds who sought to restore the bloody lynching in 2000 cursed at them and shouted at them, "We are the people of Muhammad Def," the Hamas commander in Gaza. Hamas condemned the Palestinian Authority following the rescue of Israelis from the heart of Ramallah. "The protection provided by the security forces to the .. who entered Ramallah is a behavior that must be condemned nationally," said Hamas member Abdul Rahman Shahid.
The Gazan organization also distributed a cartoon in which the vehicle in question was seen on fire and the security forces were guarding the Jews and assuring them "do not worry we are guarding you".Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority are now seeking to renew ties with the US administration in Washington. For the sake of realizing the interest, they are willing to absorb the internal criticism, dive into public opinion polls and even save the lives of Jews.