Tel-Aviv Police - criminals in uniform: Saif Qabalan, Idan Malka, Alon Lurie
#83, Tel-Aviv, Namir Road (falsely entered by police in Begin
9:30-9:45 am, I left my tent in the camp. On Namir Road, a bit south
of the camp, a police car, which was driving, stopped by me, and
policeman Saif Qabalan (who I believe was involved in previous
violent incidents in the camp in the past), and instructed me to
stop. I was carrying a computer bag and a pillow.
asked where I was from. I answered that I was from the camp.
Immediately he turned aggressive.
asked for my ID card. I asked to see his policeman ID first. He
showed me his Policeman ID. I then presented my ID, which he
proceeded to take, in order to check data on the computer in the car,
and he never returned my ID card to me.
asked what I had in my computer bag. I answered that I had a
computer. He asked to see it, and I showed it to him.
proceeded to state that the computer was “suspected stolen goods”,
and asked if I had a receipt for its purchase. I answered that I had
a receipt, but it was not on me. I explained that I had a receipt in
a disk on key, which I had on me, and there was a copy also in the
store, where I bought it, on the nearby Ibn Gabirol Street.
demanded that I turn on the computer and
unlock it, so that he could see
what was in it. I disobeyed and explained that he had no cause and
no authority to conduct a search in my computer.
then started threatening me. I continued to disobey. He said that
in that case, they take me to the station for an interrogation.
then proceeded to throw away in the street my pillow, although I
asked to take it with me.
the way, we passed in Ibn Gabirol street, and I told him that we
could stop there and get a paper copy of the receipt for computer
from the computer store. He refused.
proceeded to hold me in the station till about 13:00.
took everything I had on me, and said it was “confiscated”.
I demanded that he record what he was taking from me. He got angry,
and said that there was a camera in the room. However, I was with my
back to the camera. So I turned around, so that it would record what
he was taking from me.
got angry and dragged me to the other room (the bomb shelter), closed
the door behind him, and started beating me up, strangling
my expensive watch in the process. He then demanded that I totally
then continued the “confiscation”
of my possession in the hallway, where there was no camera at all.
he and others continued to repeat threats against me, if I do not
turn on my computer and permit them to see what was in it. “We will
place you in arrest in Abu Kabir” detention center), “we will
open a criminal file”, etc.
continued to disobey.
they took my computer to another location, and apparently tried to
hack into it. When I finally got it back, it was on, but they failed
in their attempts to hack into it (I am no kid, and I don’t keep
any records on my computer either…).
an hour later, an investigator name Idan Malka appeared. He again
tried to threaten me, that if I don’t unlock
the computer and let
what was in it,
head to head”
against them, they will arrest me, “open
a criminal file”.
another hour later, Officer Alon Lurie appeared, who introduced
himself as the station commander. He again repeated the demands that
I unlock the computer. I continued to disobey. He
claimed that I was “irrational”,
etc, etc… Again, I explained to him that I had a receipt for the
purchase of the computer in the disk on key that they took from me,
and another copy in the computer store on Ibn Gabirol. He answered
that I was “answering
not to the point”,
that he “was
trying to solve the problem”,
and that I was “not
He repeated again and again the demand that I unlock the computer for
them. I continued to disobey.
asked Lurie was the reason for stopping me and taking me to the
station. Lurie answered that the computer was “suspected
I answered again, that I had receipt for its purchase.
asked Lurie, what caused Qabalan to determine that there was probably
suspicion that the computer was “stolen goods”. Lurie answered
that Qabalan wrote in the report that I tried to hide the computer.
I answered that it was a lie. I was walking in the street with a
computer bag on me. What was I possibly trying to hide?
the end, they failed in their attempt to hack into my computer, and
let me go.
systematically “confiscate” computers, cell phones from street
persons. Where the money goes, I have no clue.
is common in this season, I wear a sweatshirt, with large “Disobey”
in the front, and Gandhi’s picture on the back. In the past, the
sweatshirt was sufficient reason for Tel-Aviv police to stop me in
the street. For some reason, it causes them to enter irrational