In latest violence, Israeli man kills Palestinian after being attacked

By May 18 2017, 23:26 Latest News No Comments

hawaraOn Thursday, an Israeli man shot two Palestinians during an attack by rioters, killing one of them and lightly wounding a second.

The Palestinian man killed was identified as 23-year-old Muataz Hussain Tayeh, of Beita outside Nablus.

The Israeli man, a resident of a northern West Bank settlement, said he believed he was going to be killed by Palestinian attackers who kicked his car and threw rocks at it as he drove through a Palestinian village near Nablus, where a demonstration was taking place.

The Israeli claimed that the rioters “almost lynched” him, stating that he had “looked death in the eyes”.

An Israeli military spokesperson said that “hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at passing vehicles” during the violent demonstration, which was held in support of Palestinians on hunger strikes in Israeli prisons.

The strike, which began on 17th April, followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention, for a protest against alleged poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial.

Barghouti, a leader of the Fatah movement, has seen his popularity grow among Palestinians since he was convicted of murder over the killing of Israelis during the Second Intifada and sentenced in 2004 to five life terms.

Israel’s prison service has released a video which appears to show Barghouti eating in his prison cell during the strike.

There are around 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel.

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