The IDF settled an old score on Wednesday when troops from the Paratroopers Brigade's Reconnaissance Battalion apprehended the last Palestinian involved in the lynching of two reservists in Ramallah seven years ago in Nablus.
Haiman Zaban, a 36-year-old Tanzim terrorist, was a participant in the lynching and murder of Sgt.-Maj. (res.) Vadim Novesche and Sgt.-Maj. (res.) Yosef Avrahami on October 12, 2000, at the beginning of the second intifada. Zaban has been transferred to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) for interrogation.
The reservists were lynched by a Palestinian mob after they accidentally drove into Ramallah. They were beaten by the mob, dragged down a street and eventually thrown out the window of the Palestinian police station. The lynch shocked the Israeli public and then prime minister Ehud Barak vowed to exact justice and capture each and every Palestinian who was involved.
Zaban was also one of several terrorists planning to carry out an attack against Israel over the holiday period. He was caught by the the same unit that last week lost a soldier - Ben-Zion Heneman - during counter-terror operations in Nablus.