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Report: Israeli police volunteer 'changes story' about border killing
Published Sunday 08/12/2013 (updated) 09/12/2013 12:09
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli border police volunteer who shot and killed a Palestinian worker on Nov. 30 has retracted his original claim that the Palestinian tried to stab him with a sharp object, Israeli media reported Saturday.

According to Haaretz, the unnamed border police volunteer "changed his story, saying there was no sharp object, but he had nevertheless been attacked."

A border police spokesman told Ma'an Sunday that police had opened an investigation into the incident, but refused to name the Israeli volunteer or provide further details.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he was unfamiliar with reports that the volunteer had changed his story.

The 24-year-old Palestinian - later identified as Antar Shalabi Mahmoud al-Aqraa - was shot dead in northern Israel during an official search "in the night ... for illegal Palestinian workers," Rosenfeld told Ma'an on the day of the shooting.

Rosenfeld claimed that a Palestinian worker "attempted to stab" the border police volunteer, who responded by shooting and killing the worker.

Forty undocumented workers were detained during the search, he added.

Head of the Palestinian worker's federation Shahir Saad said on the day of the incident that Israel "treats workers in a terroristic, barbarian way."

Al-Aqraa "was executed this morning," Saad said.

Thousands gathered for a funeral procession in al-Aqraa's home village of Qabalan in the northern West Bank on Monday.

His family denied that al-Aqraa - who was to be married in mid-December - had tried to stab the soldier.

"Why would a young man scheduled to be wedded in two weeks, and carrying invitations, attempt to attack an Israeli soldier?" al-Aqraa's father said. "These are pure lies and fabrications."
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1 ) Mel / USA
08/12/2013 21:35
1948 Israel was built on "lies" and "fabrications" with coawrdly USG,UKG &Europe air-brushing out all the TORTURE,PERSECUTION,EXECUTION of MILLIONS of innocent Arab people,both Muslim &Christian,since WW2,who originally gave Jews shelter &ended up losing everything! Morality &honesty are not synonymous with Israel,as long as its occupied by brutal,trigger-happy,sociopathic Zionism.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/12/2013 21:44
What? A Zionist LIED? But...but...what if they all lie all the time? What if everything about the whole movement is a lie of some kind? Then where would we be?

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/12/2013 21:46
He'll be okay. In Israel, it's not a serious offense to kill one of the untermenschen regardless of the circumstances. It's kind of like being a guard at a Nazi labor camp. Penalties for unauthorized killing are about the same.

4 ) Hazinah / Sorrowful
08/12/2013 22:09
Another senseless killing, another family grieves, when does it end? How long will it take before peace finally comes & the people learn there is more to life than taking life away.

5 ) JoeUSA / USA
09/12/2013 23:16
As they said in Alegeria to the Pieds Noirs " La Valize ou le cerceuille". Coexistence with Zionism is not possible because Zionism by definition is "Exclusive" and not inclusive.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
10/12/2013 05:45
#5 reminds us or the fanastic ability to coexists that can only be found among muslims

7 ) Robert / US
10/12/2013 17:47
Typical of an Israeli; lying, stealing and cheating, you will pay for what youve done to the innocent population of Palestine ..
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