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Israel PM blames Palestinian leaders after Hebron killing
Published Wednesday 16/04/2014 (updated) 17/04/2014 22:04
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Israeli soldiers patrol an area near the village of Idhna, close to
Hebron, on April 15, 2014 (AFP Hazem Bader)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pinned blame on the Palestinian leadership after a deadly attack on an Israeli police officer near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

"This assassination is the result of the incitement to hatred by Palestinian Authority leaders who continue to peddle hate-filled material against Israel," Netanyahu charged on Tuesday.

He said that this attitude had led to the murder of "a father driving home to celebrate a Passover dinner" on Monday, and deplored the lack of condemnation of the attack by the PA.

Israeli police said Tuesday the policeman killed was Baruch Mizrahi, a 47-year-old father of five who was a high-ranking officer in the intelligence division.

Israeli troops scoured a village near Hebron on Tuesday, a day after a gunman killed Mizrahi in the area.

The killing at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday was the first deadly attack this year on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank.

It came at a time of high tensions over the near-breakdown of US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The army searched several houses and businesses close to the scene of the killing southwest of Idhna, a village outside Hebron, residents told AFP.

They said soldiers roughed them up while searching homes, and added that army checkpoints set up around Idhna were still in place.

The army said it was "conducting widespread searches for the perpetrators" of the attack.

Mizrahi's wife was seriously wounded and a nine-year-old child also hurt. Three other children were in the vehicle, according to Israeli military radio.

Israelis in another car said they saw a man wearing a helmet and firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle on the side of the road.

Army spokesman Peter Lerner said it was unclear if the attack was carried out by a single shooter or with accomplices, or if it was the work of a "local terrorist organisation."

Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attack.

It linked the assault to unrest in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, where five Palestinians were arrested by Israeli police on Sunday.

But neither group claimed responsibility.

Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh called for "Palestinian resistance in all its forms" against Israel at a news conference, in which he also praised the shooting and urged the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

The city of Hebron is home to nearly 200,000 Palestinians. Around 80 settler homes in central Hebron, housing about 700 Jews, live under Israeli army protection.
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1 ) Rami / Palestine
16/04/2014 13:30
5 Palestinians killed since January. I haven't heard a peep out of the Israeli PM. No condemnation. Nothing. Funny how things change when an Israeli Jew is killed. Look at how hard they're trying to find the killer. What about the dead Palestinians? Its not hard to find their killers. They're the "most moral army in the world." Cry me a river, Netanyahu. In fact, cry me a salty dead sea. As far as I'm concerned this murder is a non-occurrence until the Israeli admit their crimes that enabled it.

2 ) Robby / USA
16/04/2014 16:45
1 ) Rami / Palestine - quite a contrast between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Isn't a government's first responsibility to protect their people?

3 ) What about the jordanian judge / Lol
16/04/2014 17:53
So was he driving home from work ? Wife and children goto work with him? I think they are adding propaganda to the issue How does it feel , palestinians are killed and attacked everyday

4 ) LB / USA
16/04/2014 18:26
Sounds like he was specifically targeted, rather than a random attack. High ranking intelligence officer. Wonder how many he killed and tortured on his way up the ladder.

5 ) CARLOS / US
16/04/2014 18:57
It is like Gilad Shalit. He was captured while waging war against unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. He was treated humanely and fed well allowed to watch TV even. Gilad was a legitimate target for capture or killing. Israel on the otherhand tortured and arrested completely innocent people. Many of the tortured and arrested were children. Not 1 or 2 but thousands and thousands. When the exchange occurred Israel released thousands for 1 because most Palestinians in exchange were innocent.

6 ) Robert / US
17/04/2014 20:12
#5 Carlos you are absolutely correct ... cant forget the White Phosphorus attacks on innocent people 2008/2009 and drone attacks, I read a sorty about a boy who was on his bike and the israelis target this innocent boy with a missle that left pieces of meat in the trees and all over the ground his mother saw this...it happens all the time by these Evil Bolshevik sickos, who kill Christans and Muslims... they kill Jews as well.. when it serves the lobby and the apartheid state.
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