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Israeli border police ‘volunteer’ sentenced to 7 months for 2013 killing of Palestinian

May 15, 2017 9:34 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2017 10:44 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli court in the city of Kfar Saba, south of Haifa in northern Israel, sentenced a “volunteer” of the Israeli border police to seven months in prison for killing a Palestinian worker in 2013.

Israli news website Ynet reported that the “volunteer,” David Arik Bibi Rubi, 43, agreed to a plea bargain with the prosecution, which will also include an additional four months of probation following his release from prison.

Rubi shot and killed 23-year-old Antar Aqra, from the Nablus-area village of Qabalan, for not having an Israeli-issued work permit during "a joint police operation to identify and arrest illegal Palestinian workers," according to Ynet.

Ynet reported that after a group of 41 undocumented Palestinian workers had been detained, "Rubi was assigned to watch over them while forces continued their searches for additional suspects," adding that Aqra then attempted to escape.

"According to the indictment, Rubi gave chase to Aqra and ordered him to stop. Aqra then ducked down -- an act that, according to the defense, led Rubi to believe that the Palestinian had picked up a rock or another weapon with which to attack him. Rubi drew his weapon and shot Aqra in the chest, killing him," Ynet said.

The court charged Rubi with “negligence in service” and sentenced him to seven months in prison, and ordered him to pay 30,000 shekels ($8,320) to Aqra's parents, and another 70,000 shekels ($19,416) in compensation to Aqra's widow.

An Israeli border police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

A report released by Human Rights Watch noted that Israel’s widely condemned shoot-to-kill policy has received widespread support among Israeli citizens, citing a 2016 poll by the Israel Democracy Institute which found that 47 percent of Jewish Israelis supported the sentiment that “any Palestinian who carries out a terror attack against Jews should be killed on the spot, even if he has been captured and clearly does not pose a threat.”

According to rights group Yesh Din, of the 186 criminal investigations opened by the Israeli army into suspected offenses against Palestinians in 2015, just four yielded indictments.
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