Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Violinist Update

Probe clears soldier in violin incident.

I wonder if all of those who were so quick to criticize Israel will report this too.
According to the findings, the soldiers had asked Wassam Tayam to open his violin case for inspection. Tayam then took out his violin and began to play, despite the long line of Palestinians behind him.

The court came to its conclusions after viewing the video clip of the incident filmed by a member of the Machsom Watch human rights group who was at the checkpoint at the time of the incident, reading a letter sent by the group detailing the incident, and interviewing all military personnel who were at the checkpoint that day.

Update: Israellycool has this:
A member of the Israeli human-rights group Machsom Watch who filmed the incident told Reuters last week she did not believe Tayim was coerced into playing.