Security forces arrested three members of the Palestinian Authority’s security
services for their involvement in the shooting death of an Israeli man in 2011,
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday.
Livnat was killed and five Israelis were shot and wounded at Joseph’s Tomb at
Nablus two years ago.
On May 22, the IDF and Shin Bet arrested three men
after they were released from the PA’s custody. They had been incarcerated for
two years after being convicted only of firing in the air during the
Security forces named the three West Bank residents in custody
as Nuaf Auda, 24, Wael Dauod, 24 – both armed PA patrol officers at the time of
the incident – and Tarki Zuara’a, 23, who was an unarmed driver.
Bet said two additional Palestinians – a patrol unit commander and an additional
patrol officer – were involved in the shooting. The commander is still in a PA
jail for his role in the shooting, while the officer has gone into hiding in a PA
“During questioning, the suspects confessed to firing
on Israeli vehicles despite the fact that their lives were not at risk,” the
Shin Bet said.
The investigation found that one of the bullets fired by
the patrol officers killed Livnat. Livnat was a father of four from Elon Moreh
and a nephew of Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat.
questioning by the PA, the suspects coordinated their accounts of the incident
to give the impression that they were under attack, the Shin Bet
After the shooting, the suspects placed rocks on the road leading
to the tomb, to back up their testimony that they had come under a rock attack
and that they fired in self-defense, it added.
The cover-up continued
inside a PA prison, where the suspects were held after the shooting, the Shin
The prison’s chief injured one of the suspect’s leg, with the
suspect’s consent, to provide further “evidence” that the Palestinian officers
had been wounded by the Israelis.
“The investigation is still ongoing.
After its completion, the investigation’s findings will be sent to Judea and
Samaria District prosecutors for an indictment against the suspects,” the Shin
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