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Published Wednesday 06/04/2011 (updated) 08/04/2011 14:38
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JENIN (AFP) -- Police in Jenin have charged a former Al-Aqsa Brigades militant with the murder of an Israeli-Palestinian theatre director, security sources said Wednesday.

Palestinian police arrested Mujahed Qaniri on Monday, just hours after a masked gunman shot dead Juliano Mer-Khamis, director of The Freedom Theatre in the refugee camp in this northern West Bank city.

Mer-Khamis, a well-known actor and director who was born of Jewish and Palestinian parents, was gunned down as he was driving home, with his infant son sat on his knee and the baby-sitter also in the car.

Police sources said Qaniri, a camp resident who is in his 30s, had been charged with the murder after being identified in three separate line-ups by the baby-sitter, who was sitting in the car when he opened fire.

Friends and associates of Mer-Khamis said the woman, known only as Raida, had seen the killer's face before he opened fire, after which he donned a mask and fled.

The source said Qaniri once belonged to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, and had spent at least five years in an Israeli jail.

Some sources said he had since joined Hamas, while others described him as "independent" who had spent five years in a Palestinian jail for supplying weapons to militants from the Islamist group.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri disavowed any connection with Qaniri.

"Mujahed Qaniri belongs to Fatah and has no relationship with Hamas," he said in a statement, adding that the murder was a purely criminal affair.

Mer-Khamis was buried on Wednesday at a kibbutz between the northern Israeli port city of Haifa and the Arab Israeli city of Nazareth where he grew up.

The funeral procession passed by the Jalameh crossing between Israel and the northern West Bank so that residents of the camp could pay their last respects.
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1 ) sami volquez / usa
07/04/2011 00:55
terrorists unfortunately don't change their stripes. he served in both Israel and PA jails. He probably was on Hamas payroll for this murder. Their quick denial is always a giveaway. Murder in cold blood will never be the answer.
When will they ever learn ?

2 ) elias / palestine
07/04/2011 06:08
"Mujahed Qaniri belongs to Fatah and has no relationship with Hamas," he said in a statement, adding that the murder was a purely criminal affair.

gangsters-he deserves what he gets! murderer.

3 ) Robby / USA
07/04/2011 07:40
This might be the first time HAMAS denied having anything to do with killing an Israeli.

4 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
07/04/2011 09:08
Juliano Mer-Khamis' funeral took place on Wednesday (see Ynet). His elder brother, Spartacus, was interviewed for the article. A photo of his pregnant wife, Jenny (from Finland), was encaptioned. Mr. Mer-Khamis was interred at the kibbutz Ramot Menache cemetery next to his mother, Arna.

5 ) izzy / usa
07/04/2011 16:36
"Mujahed Qaniri belongs to Fatah and has no relationship with Hamas"
Seems to me from the story on this site yestereday where hamas may give connfiscated weapons back to fatah that if this were the case hamas would bear some responsibility

6 ) ABE / USA
07/04/2011 17:33
Hamas may"disavow" him but they own him!

7 ) ronen / israel
07/04/2011 19:13
what do you mean militant? maan is zionazi stooge
there are only freedom fighters
who also happen to shoot out of bushes or in drive by's

8 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
08/04/2011 09:31
Neither Fatah nor Hamas wishes to take responsibility for mer-Khamis' death. Sounds like the "strategy" of one or another of these terrorist organizations went wrong!
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