Is Someone Covering Up A Terror Attack?
Rabbi's family insists: He was murdered
Moshe Talbi found shot in head near Revava settlement last month. Police say he took his own life, family claims it was an act of terror. Relatives appeal to minister, police chief for in-depth probe
The family of Rabbi Moshe Talbi, whose bullet-riddled body was found near the Revava settlement in Samaria ten days ago, has appealed to Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen in an attempt to prove that he was murdered in an act of terrorism and did not commit suicide as determined by Israeli police.
Rabbi Talbi, 54, father of seven and grandfather of four, from Moshav Haspin in the Golan Heights was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head near the gates of the Revava settlement on March 23. He was found near his car, the engine still running, with his gun at his side.
After an initial investigation, police forensic units who arrived at the scene determined that this was a case of suicide. Meanwhile, the Talbi family is convinced that Moshe was murdered by terrorists.
As part of their efforts to prove their claims, last Thursday the family sent a letter to the Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen and the local police chiefs. In the letter the family presented evidence which it believes proves that Talbi didn't commit suicide and that the police are tied to an erroneous perception of the case, ignoring findings and have not investigated the case in earnest.
Among other things, the family claims that bruises were found on the deceased's face and knees, which show that violence was used against him.
'He had no enemies'Moreover, in the letter they note that on the day of his death he had given his son a lift from Haspin to Ariel and made plans to pick him up again in the evening after school. "Just 20 minutes before the murder he told his son he was going to Revava, where his daughter lives to surprise her and visit her and his granddaughter," they wrote.
The letter also details that "the deceased was a respected and likeable figure in his community; he had no enemies and no business or debt to trouble him. It indicates a man who was in the midst of a routine day in his life, between dropping his son off at school and visiting his daughter."
The family fails to understand the police's refusal to share the details of the investigation and the forensic report from the murder scene and claim that from a picture of the body taken immediately when the body was found it is easy to discern that Moshe's own weapon was placed on his left side while he was shot from his right side.
They also claim that four bullet casings fired from his gun were found at the scene along with another bullet.
At the family's request, Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika also appealed to local police chiefs and demanded that a special investigatory team be established to investigate the case. He also asked that the police present the family with the complete investigation file and the forensic data from the scene.
The Shai District police stated in response that "the case file and the circumstances surrounding the incident were still in the stages of investigation. Notwithstanding, based on the forensic findings from the scene a case for suicide is taking shape."
Police Say Suicide, Family Says Murderous Terror Attack
Just hours before the terrorist bombing in Jerusalem two weeks ago that killed a British woman, a 54-year-old rabbi was found dead in his car, just outside the Jewish community Revavah in the Shomron (Samaria). The police arrived on the scene, found him shot in the head, his car engine running and a gun by his side, and within 15-20 minutes, made the determination: He had committed suicide.
“This was a terrible injustice,” says his brother-in-law, Attorney Shmuel Lankry, who has a host of complaints against the police: “They did not collect all the evidence, including a bullet casing that I myself found there three days later; they did not analyze a security camera’s filmed version of the event; they are stuck on a particular conception that they refuse to admit might be wrong and that was based on a quick, 15-minute check of the scene; they informed my sister, the widow, in a terribly insensitive and public manner; they informed my nephew, the deceased’s son, by telling him that he had to come to the police station for questioning; they are allowing murderers to run free without pursuing them; and they are refusing to appoint another investigative team that can look into the case without prejudice.”
Speaking with Arutz-7 on Monday, after days of deliberations over whether to go public with the story, Lankry began by telling about Rabbi Talbi’s life: “A happy man, very happily married, with seven children and four grandchildren, preparing projects for Passover. He served in the past as a military rabbi, and then became a scribe who wrote two Torah scrolls.”
“On the morning of the murder,” Attorney Lankry said, “he drove his son Menachem from the Golan Heights to his high-school class in Ateret [a more than two-hour drive southwards], and told him that he would pick him up afterwards. In the meantime, he told him, he would head over to Revava, where his daughter lived, to visit her and her baby who was not feeling well. What we believe happened was that terrorists drove behind him and somehow signaled him from behind; he turned into Revava and then stopped to see what they wanted or if possibly he had something wrong with his car. When he saw that they were coming at him, he fired at them or in the air, they overpowered him, held his gun to his head, and shot.”
This version is backed up, Lankry said, by many fact, including the following: the deceased was found with his hands under his body; the gun was to his left even though he was right-handed; he was found with bruises on his face and leg; there were scuffle marks near the car; and more. “In addition, the medics who arrived on the scene also felt that this was not a suicide, but rather a murder... We had a pathologist and ballistic experts, who said it is unreasonable to assume that the gun ended up on his left side."
"Police are Stuck on their Pre-Conceptions"The victim’s family has sent two detailed letters to Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, Police Chief David Cohen, and other top police officers, complete with photographs and a pathologist’s report, asking that a new team of investigators with no previous bias be charged with looking again into the case. “It is unspeakable that they take 54 years of a person’s life and in one moment blacken everything by accusing him of having committed suicide,” Lankry said. "The family is suffering terribly."
“He lived a life of Torah; just that morning he had made up with a study partner to learn with him that night, and to visit another friend and pick up a belated Mishloach Manot portion. Instead of him being treated as a holy martyr, we were barely able to ensure that he had a proper funeral… his blood was spilt twice.”