Police Camerawoman Who 'Taped the Sky' to Stand Trial
Aliza Lederman, a police camerawoman, will face disciplinary charges over sins of omission she committed during a demonstration against the Disengagement in 2005. Lederman will be charged with intentionally pointing her camera away from a group of policemen who were beating a demonstrator without cause.
Video shows that her camera was pointed at the sky and at the ground while in the audio track, protesters are heard calling out to her: "Tape how they are kicking him in the head! Why aren't you filming?"
The protest took place on the final day of the expulsion from Gush Katif. About 300 people took part in the protest. One of them was Ben David, then a resident of Alon Shvut, who came accompanied by his two brothers.
Lederman was present and her camera was running, but she decided to videotape the sky, the road, and people's backs, but not the violence. For 3 1/2 minutes of the videotape, protesters can be heard and seen shouting at her, "Film that, not me." "Why don't you film that?" "Film him kicking his head," and "How can you be in the police?"
Be'er Sheva District Judge Tali Chaimovich exonerated him of the charges against him. She also wrote in her verdict that throughout the video recording of the event, "demonstrators' shouts, or rather hysterical screams, are heard in the background… encouraging the policewoman to film, and protesting that she is not doing so."