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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned the killing of Ben Yosef Livnat earlier in the day at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, and demanded that the Palestinian Authority "take serious steps against the terrorists who committed this criminal act against Jewish worshipers on their way to pray."
Netanyahu spoke with Ben Yosef's aunt, Minister of Sports and Culture Limor Livnat and held the hands of the Livnat family during the victim's funeral in Jerusalem.
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of people attended Ben Yosef's funeral, including settlement leaders from the West Bank,
right-wing activists, rabbis and public figures.
the funeral, the sports and culture minister commented on her nephew's
murder, saying "I woke up this morning, Ben Yosef's mom called me and
told me he was murdered by a terrorist disguised as a Palestinian
policeman. This is cold-blooded murder. Ben Yosef went to pray with
other Jews, and he was murdered simply because he was Jewish. It is hard
to grasp these things. My own nephew, a personal sacrifice, may he be
the last victim."
Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak strongly condemned the murder of Ben Yosef and the injury of four others in the Nablus shooting attack and said that no lack of security coordination can
justify the opening of fire at innocent people.
Barak ordered the
IDF to investigate the incident and demanded that the Palestinian
Authority investigate the shooting swiftly and take all the necessary
steps against the shooter.
Ben Yosef was killed, and three others were injured, after their vehicle was shot at by a Palestinian
Authority policeman as the group was exiting the city from prayer
services held at Joseph's Tomb. Magen David Adom said one person was in
serious condition, one in moderate condition and two others in light
Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip said that Palestinian police knew they were targeting worshipers who had come to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in a pre-dawn trip.
“This is a terrorist attack from every point of view. There was no
provocation here. The Palestinian police knew exactly whom they were
shooting at. They knew perfectly well that they [the worshipers] were
unarmed. They might have even known the person,” Dayan told The
Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
He dismissed all claims that the Palestinians felt threatened or did not
know who their victims were. Breslev worshipers often go to the tomb
without prior coordination with the IDF, he said.
Danny Danon (Likud) called on the US to reconsider its funding of the
Palestinian security forces, as well as the training exercises that it
does with them. He passed this request on to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL),
Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"As a true
friend of Israel, we expect that the objective of this training would be
to ensure Israeli security and not to kill its citizens," he said.Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.