Palestinian kills Israeli settler in West Bank

JERUSALEM Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:26am EDT

Israeli security forces are seen at Tapuach junction near the West Bank city of Nablus, at the scene of an attack April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Israeli security forces are seen at Tapuach junction near the West Bank city of Nablus, at the scene of an attack April 30, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian man stabbed and shot dead an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the Israeli ambulance service and police said.

It was the first time an Israeli has been killed by a Palestinian in the West Bank since 2011.

Israeli media said the attacker was standing at a bus stop used by settlers, Israeli soldiers and Palestinians at a junction near the Palestinian city of Nablus. He then stabbed the settler, before seizing the man's gun and shooting him.

The Palestinian then began shooting at security services who arrived on the scene, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. He added that the man was in custody.

The Israeli internal security service, Shin Beit, has said that during 2012 no Israelis were killed in the West Bank. In March 2011 two settlers and three of their young children were stabbed to death in their home.

Nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year in various incidents, mainly in clashes that have risen sharply in recent months.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in a 1967 war. Peace talks between the sides broke down in 2010.

The United States has stepped up efforts in recent weeks to revive them.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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Reuters1945 wrote:
Whatever was the attacker thinking?

The perpetrators of such heinous, violent acts know that they rarely get away with such crimes. Did the attacker expect to be killed and then be wafted up to some Heavenly Paradise where 72, or is it 76, Virgins would be standing ready, expecting him, awaiting his every beck and call.

Now, instead this murderer will spend the next 50 or 70 years in an Israeli prison where the Israeli tax payer will be forced to feed and cloth him for decades, and provide color TV and daily recreation, since Israel does not have a death penalty.

Then again, perhaps the killer has already decided on a plan whereby he will commence a protracted hunger strike, once he is sentenced for murder and incarcerated.

And when he finally lays dying in an Israeli hospital intensive care ward, perhaps once again, the killer is convinced the Israeli government, to avoid another death of a prisoner in captivity, will hammer out a settlement to send the killer to Gaza or a similar appropriate destination, just to get this cold-blooded murderer off their hands.

The murder victim no doubt leaves behind family and relatives who will mourn his passing. The Palestinians will mourn the fact that the killer did not have an opportunity to murder more people before he was captured and the so-called “Pie in the sky”, Mythical Peace process will have suffered yet another incremental set back as Israelis are reminded once again, as if it were necessary, that they live in a part of the world where even such a mundane thing as waiting for a bus, can cost a person his or her life.

It is all a self repeating and very tragic story that Destiny, Fate, call it what you will, seems to have become a never ending part of the Middle East landscape. Just as predictable as the annual heat waves and the violent forest fires that never fail to accompany them – burning and scorching all that lays in their path.

Just as age old hatreds burn and destroy everything that lies in their path. A sad and never ending story.

Apr 30, 2013 3:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
drmorocco wrote:
What was the attacker thinking? Maybe he was thinking about a beating he got from Israeli storm troopers when he was a kid. Maybe he was thinking about his family’s home being bulldozed. Maybe he is thinking about the illegal occupation. Maybe he doesn’t have any hope for the future and he is thinking there is nothing left to loose. Or he might just not like jews.

Apr 30, 2013 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
unreason wrote:
Reuters1945: “Israel does not have a death penalty.” Israel does in fact have a death penalty but only for genocide, war crimes, and the like, and it has only been used twice.

Apr 30, 2013 2:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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