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West Banker dies after being shot on job in Israeli farm

Aug. 24, 2008 9:37 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2008 9:37 A.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - A Palestinian man shot by his Israeli employer last week died Saturday of his wounds. The man, from Yatta south of Hebron in the West Bank, was working in Tayiba, south of Lake Tiberias in Israel, on an agricultural farm.

The family of the young man, 18-year-old Ansar Abu Tabeikh, told Ma'an that a fight erupted Wednesday between Abu Tabeikh and his Israeli employer who took his gun and fired at the man. Fellow workers transferred Abu Tabeikh to hospital at Kfar Saba north of Tel Aviv where medical sources described his wounds as serious.

According to one Abu Tabeikh's colleagues, the employer asked his workers, including Abu Tabeikh to spray chemicals on figs trees on Tuesday afternoon so they would be ripe the following day and be ready for harvest.

It seems the workers did not dilute the chemical enough by mistake, and the crops were spoiled when they returned to the fields on Wednesday. When the employer came in the morning, a fight erupted between him and the workers, which resulted in the man opening fire on Abu Tabeikh.

The family said they would receive the corpse on Sunday to be buried in his home town of Yatta. The family said they knew nothing about whether the employer would be charged with the death of their son, saying that since the crime occurred in Israel, there is little they can do about ensuring justice is served.

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