Tuesday, Oct. 22
Latest News
  1. Palestinian goverment: 26 million in development of ministries
  2. Rudeineh: Washington us unable to achieve anything by itself
  3. US: “No plan for unilateral annexation by Israel of the West Bank"
  4. Cluster of incendiary balloons land in southern Israel
  5. Palestinian FM condemns Germany's vote to define BDS as 'anti-Semitic'
  6. Israeli forces forcibly evict Muslim worshipers from Al-Aqsa
  7. Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah
  8. Erekat: Deviation from peace terms of reference doomed to fail
  9. Iceland's Hatari shocks Eurovision with Palestinian flags
  10. UNRWA: 4 Palestinian children killed in attack on Syria refugee camp

Israel: PA fire on settlers at Joseph's Tomb 'unwarranted'

May 29, 2011 10:23 P.M. (Updated: May 30, 2011 9:58 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military investigation in the the death of a settler found by Palestinian Authority police sneaking into a local shrine was labeled "unwarranted" on Sunday, Israeli military chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said in a statement.

The settler, along with nearly 30 others had illegally entered the Palestinian municipality of Nablus, and snuck into a residential area where a shrine, which Jews believe holds the grave of the Biblical patriarch Joseph, stands amidst homes.

Settler violence against Palestinians and mutual tensions saw Israel's military institute an escort-only policy for settlers entering Palestinian residential areas in the occupied West Bank. The military must be notified, and a full closure imposed on the area before the settlers enter for worship.

Having failed to organize an escort the settler group entered, allegedly threatened police, prompting shots to be fired. The settler cars then blew past a PA police checkpoint, apparently after one of the settlers had been hit by the fire and critically injured.

According to Gantz, "Palestinian officers whom opened fire did so in an unwarranted manner as there was no imminent and impending danger to their lives."

The investigation, which apparently investigated whether the shooting was intentional, found that it was not, but investigators said they believed "the officers fired deliberately and with intention to harm the worshipers who arrived at Joseph's Tomb."
Most Read
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015