Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

  • Two accomplices fled the car containing stolen goods
  • There have been sporadic Palestinian attacks

JERUSALEM: An Israeli officer shot dead a masked Palestinian motorist early Sunday as he tried to run down a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank set up to apprehend thieves, police said.
Two accomplices fled the car, which contained stolen goods and equipment used to carry out burglaries, a statement said.
Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.
While examining a vehicle there, another car overtook it and accelerated toward an officer who beckoned it to stop.
“When the car did not heed the officer’s orders to stop, the officer shot at the car,” police said in a statement.
“As a result of the gunfire, the car stopped and its Palestinian motorist, a resident of one of the villages nearby, was hit and pronounced dead.”
There have been sporadic nationalistically motivated Palestinian attacks, including car-ramming attacks, against Israeli civilians and security forces in the West Bank.
But in Sunday’s statement the police refrained from calling the Palestinian as a “terrorist,” identifying instead only as a motorist.


US Mideast plan will not include land transfer from Egypt’s Sinai: envoy

Updated 20 April 2019
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US Mideast plan will not include land transfer from Egypt’s Sinai: envoy

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will not involve giving land from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to the Palestinians, an American envoy said on Friday.
Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, apparently sought to deny reports on social media that the long-awaited plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would involve extending Gaza into the northern Sinai along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.
“Hearing reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai (which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False!,” Greenblatt, one of the architects of the proposal, tweeted on Friday.
The American plan is expected to be unveiled once Israel’s newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms a government coalition and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in June.
Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Wednesday the plan would require compromise by all parties, a source familiar with his remarks said.
It is unclear whether the plan will propose outright the creation of a Palestinian state, the Palestinians’ core demand.
The Palestinians have long sought to set up a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The last round of US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014.