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Wife of judge killed at crossing 'to sue Israel'

March 12, 2014 12:21 A.M. (Updated: March 13, 2014 4:14 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The wife of a man who was killed by Israeli forces at Allenby Bridge on Monday will file a lawsuit against Israel if its allegations were untrue, her lawyer said.

Murad Mfarre, the Palestinian-Israeli lawyer of Raed Zeiter's widow, relayed her message that Zeiter “was well-known and law-abiding, and it is hard to imagine that he would try to snatch the weapon of the Israeli soldier.”

Mfarre said that she thinks the evidence and witness accounts contradict the Israeli account.

Mfarre told Ma’an that “There was a normal argument that turned into shooting. There are witnesses that we will reach, and we will demand that Israel show us security camera footage so we can figure out what happened.”

“If we make sure that the Israeli account is untrue, we will file a lawsuit against the State of Israel.”

Israel, meanwhile, expressed regret over the fatal shooting .

"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday (Monday) at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

The shooting, which took place on Monday morning, sparked the fury of both Jordan and the Palestinians, with protesters in Amman demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the abrogation of the two countries' 1994 peace treaty.

The statement said Israel had shared the results of a preliminary inquiry with Amman, and had "agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint Israeli-Jordanian team to complete the investigation."

A preliminary investigation by the army published on Tuesday claimed that Zeiter had charged at soldiers with a metal pole, prompting troops to open fire at his legs.

He had then started strangling a soldier, so they opened fire again, it said. He died shortly after.

The joint investigative team was to start its work "promptly,' the statement said, without giving further details.

Zeiter was buried in his home city of Nablus in the northern West Bank earlier on Tuesday, with Jordan calling for the Israeli soldiers who shot him to be punished.
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