חשיפה: שוטר משמר הגבול שרצח את איאד אל-חלאק, פלסטיני אוטיסט, הוא אליאור יעקב
In May 2020, an autistic Palestinian, Eyad al-Hallaq, was murdered in East Jerusalem by an Israeli Border Police officer. Al-Halak was on his way to a community center with his caregiver. When the police accosted them he became frightened and ran away. Two officers gave chase and cornered him in a building. Despite the caregiver shouting at them that the boy was autistic and despite the boy lying on the ground and posing no threat. One of the officers pumped bullets into him and executed him.
After the fact, the killer claimed he believed the boy was an armed terrorist. An autistic person frightened of his own shadow who is accompanied by his caregiver, is a terrorist. And that’s who he’s proudly protecting his country from: a boy proudly holding a plant in his hands.
Miraculously, though East Jerusalem is one of the most intensely surveilled cities in the world, with CCTV cameras on every street corner, somehow the police couldn’t find any video footage. How unfortunate!
The murder was so callous and the circumstances so tragic that the state prosecutor was forced to bring charges. The second police officer who witnessed the killing even testified against his colleague, saying that he too had ordered him not to fire. An order the murderer disregarded.
Last week, a court dismissed the charges against the Border Police cop. Haaretz’s Gideon Levy called it a “whitewash.” The assailant went free. Free to kill again. And you know he will. There is now only one way to hold him accountable for his crime. It isn’t the best way. It won’t send him to prison. But it is something. I’ll do it right here.
There is a gag order prohibiting Israeli media from identifying him (though he did an interview with Israel’s Channel 14). But an Israeli source has identified him and permitted me to do so here. He is Elior Yakov. His Facebook account is what can only be described as hardcore. Filled with brutal hatred. Filled with pride for the violence inflicted on Palestinian victims, which the murderers see as protecting the homeland, rather than the war crime it really is.
השבוע נגמר מסע הייסורים של לוחם מג״ב א׳, שהואשם בהריגה ונעשה לו עוול של 3 שנים.
א׳ כמו רבים מלוחמינו, פעל בלהט האירוע המבצעי בדיוק כפי שחינכו אותו מפקדיו, אך הפרקליטות החליטה להעמידו לדין.
זכיתי ללוות אותו בשנים הללו.
מחר במהדורה נראה תיעוד בלעדי מהיום המרגש של א׳ ומשפחתו. pic.twitter.com/VWvzJJ2hy2
— הלל ביטון רוזן | Hallel Bitton Rosen (@BittonRosen) July 8, 2023
Above is the murderer, Elior Yakov celebrating with the “journalist” who interviewed him for Channel 14.
“Get out of here, you’re a terrorist,” said Israeli minister of security Itamar Ben-Gvir, to the mother of the Palestinian autistic Eyyad Al-Halaq, who was shot dead intentionally by Israeli forces. pic.twitter.com/IRXypc6MGl
— Kuffiya (@Kuffiyateam) July 8, 2023
In 2022, Eyad’s mother was accosted by vile screaming Israeli protestors led by current police minister, Itamar Ben Gvir. I call him the Minister of Death. He sought to smack her, shouting: “Get out of here, you terrorist.” A mother grieving for her dead child, coming to seek justice for him. Even she is a terrorist. She’s armed with nothing but that picture of him holding a cactus he planted with his hands, wearing gardening gloves. These are the terrorists.
There is a horrifying irony in the poster published on the killer’s Facebook page (pictured above). The cop who killed an unarmed innocent Palestinian boy has the unmitigated, disgusting gall to quote the Bible: “Do not raise your hand against the child.” Of course, the killer’s supporters are calling Yakov the “child” in the verse. But we who have at least an ounce of decency, know that it speaks about the boy, Eyad, the murder victim.
We know and we see the crimes of killers like Elior Yakov. We cannot look away as most Israelis do. Excusing such vile acts by saying the murderers were only doing what they had to do to protect us. That’s what they say: that cannot be a crime. As for the victim, he might as well have been a terrorist. And who asked him to run away anyway. How was our brave boy, Elior, to know he wasn’t?