'IDF not telling truth about fatal W. Bank car accident'

Yesha Council chair Dayan slams IDF for "lying to public, media and bereaved family" of father and son killed near Kiryat Arba.

September 25, 2011 18:19
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Kiryat Arba fatal car accident

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Chairman of the Yesha Council Danny Dayan lashed out at the IDF Spokesperson Unit on Sunday for not saying it was a terror attack that killed Hillel Palmer, 25, and his one-year-old son Jonathan on Friday near Kiryat Arba.

Earlier, Police suspected that rock throwing was the cause of the car accident that killed the father and son, Army Radio reported. "There is no other way of saying it, the IDF did not tell the truth to the public, the media or the bereaved family," Dayan said.

Man, baby killed when car overturns near Kiryat Arba

"As someone that usually protects the IDF, I feel anger and disappointment toward the IDF, its commanders and spokesmen, who covered up the murder of Palmer and his son Jonathan," Dayan continued.

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According to a Sunday statement from the IDF Spokesman's Office, a Central Command investigation of the incident on Friday revealed that there were no rocks thrown at the car from the side of the road. It is possible, the statement said, that rocks were thrown from a passing car.

During the incident, which happened on Friday afternoon, the car turned over on Route 60  in the West Bank, between Kiryat Arba and Karmei Tzur. Soldiers who were at the scene claimed that they did not witness rocks being thrown toward the road, but at a court hearing the police representative said that there was reasonable suspicion that the car veered off the road due to a rock shattering the windshield.

The police said that the front window was shattered, and a large rock was found inside the car with Palmer's blood on it. People close to the victims claimed that the police quickly determined it as a car accident in order not to inflame the region.

"So far initial external examinations of the deceased have raised suspicions that he was probably hit by some sort of object thrown by a passing car," Judea and Samaria Police said, adding that nothing had been proven.

The family of Palmer reached an agreement with the state on Sunday to have blood samples taken from the bodies of Palmer and his infant son Jonathan.

The agreement came after the State Attorney's Office petitioned the High Court of Justice after Palmer's family refused the state permission to conduct an autopsy on the bodies, to determine the cause of death.

A police representative said over the past month in Hebron, 18 cases of  stone throwing at Israeli vehicles from cars were reported, according to Israel Radio.

An initial Traffic Police investigation found that the Subaru was traveling northbound at apparent high speed, and overturned into a ditch, striking a stone wall. The vehicle flipped in the air twice before falling into the roadside ditch.

Yaakov Lappin , Joanna Paraszczuk and Ben Hartman contributed to this report.

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