Thanks to the family of Ziad Jilani, an Israeli Palestinian who was murdered by Israeli police over two years ago, for revealing his killer was policeman Maxim Vinogradov. The Jilani family asked me not to publish until Amira Hass did in Haaretz (Hebrew), which happened today. Back in 2010, I wrote two posts (here and here) about the killing after it happened.
Ziad Jilani was driving down the street and appears to have sideswiped a police vehicle and brushed against a policeman in a narrow East Jerusalem street. The police gave chase shooting at him until he abandoned his car. At that point, he was shot and wounded twice and collapsed on the ground. The final death blow was a point blank shot through the cheek delivered by Mr. Vinogradov. Numerous Palestinians attempted to intervene on behalf of the wounded man and they were beaten and pushed aside by the police till their “work” was done.
Jilani’s American wife and the rest of his family have sued the State after the attorney general closed his investigation “for lack of evidence.” Now they have revealed Ziad’s killer as the case winds its way through the byzantine Bleak House maze that is the Israeli legal system.
There is an important sidebar regarding Vinogradov. For readers of this blog with excellent memories, you’ll recall having met Mr. V here before in all his brutish glory. He is bro’-bosom-buddy of Avi Yakobov, one of the many IDF soldiers who, over the past few years, has bragged of his abuse of Palestinian suspects using social media. On Yakobov’s Facebook page, he and Vinogradov engage in some especially dainty dialogue about some of the women they’ve known…and would like to “know.”
Posting to his page during Oktoberfest somewhere in Germany, and suitably inebriated, Yakobov brags:
Sept. 10 8 pm: “Berlin? I killed a prostitute in Berlin! In short, what do we do tonight?”
Sept. 9th 7:45 pm mentions that his penis points at MILFs [Mothers I’d Like to Fuck]
Sept. 10 at 3:04 pm “she’s maybe a MILF in Beit Jallah”
August 30th 1:07 am “What can we do, what can we do, that my generation is kind of crooked”
Orian Menahemov: “we like you complacent”
Yakobov Leonard: “whaddaya mean, camplacent”
Avi Yakobov: “whatdaayamean compalcent, the one you sat with in Austria and tossed Faisals into the sky”
August 17th 4:03 am “Alcohol poisonning is baddddddddd”
May 31st 6:05pm “Destroy Turkey and all the Arabs from the world”
Mordechai Maxim Vinogradov: “I’m with you, bro’, and with God’s help I’ll start it 🙂”
Avi Yakobov: “haha and you are capable of it, with no intervention from the evil eye.”
translation: Dena Shunra
Note that Yakobov boasts in a posting from May 31 2010 that he’d destroy “Turkey and all the Arabs in the world.” Vinogradov agrees and his friend Yakobov affirms that he’s more than capable of such mayhem. It turns out that Vinogradov murdered Jilani on June 11th, only twelve days later. There’s no better gauge of his state of mind than this Facebook posting.
In case you needed further evidence of his homicidal racist tendencies, an excerpt of his profile on the Israeli social media site, Mekusharim lists these “likes:”
Things you love to do: Love, Violence, Beating
Dishes you like to eat: Arabs
Favorite entertainment: Destroying things, Beating Palestinian wetbacks
In case anyone wants to see the profile of a murderer, you can even visit his Facebook profile. I want him to keep his profile publicliy accessible so please don’t deface it with hostile comments no matter how justified your rage may be.
In his testimony after the execution, the murderer claimed…and I paraphrased in this blog post:
…The shooter admitted, according to Haaretz’s report (Hebrew), that he shot Jilani at point-blank range. He claimed, however, that he believed Jilani was a terrorist and killed him because he feared he was wearing a suicide vest. Further, he claimed he fired to protect the lives of innocent bystanders.
You can read my rebuttal of his patently absurd claims in the blog post. But most of you will only need to read the Facebook posting above to read through this tissue of lies.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.