MASKED Palestinian youth 58.
(photo credit: AP)
The Judea and Samaria Police said late Thursday night that a Palestinian teen from the West Bank village of Iraq Burin was killed after he threatened a pedestrian with a rock.
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The police said that they did not know the identity of the pedestrian, but that they were exploring the possibility that he was Israeli, and maybe a settler.
“Until we identify him, we won’t be able to say for certain,” the police said.
The man was walking in the area of Iraq Burin when he was surrounded by a group of Palestinians who began throwing rocks at him, according to an initial police investigation.
One of the Palestinians, a teenager, then moved toward him with a rock in hand, police reported.
The man tried to force the Palestinian teenager to step back, the police said. When that failed the man took out a gun and shot at the teen.
The police cautioned that the investigation was ongoing.
Palestinians from Iraq Burin and the Popular Struggle Coordination
Committee said that the teen, Oday Maher Hamza Qadous, 19, had been
farming in the village fields when he was shot.
Qadous was taken to a hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead, said committee spokesman Joseph Dana.
“I do not know whether there was a confrontation before, but the fact of
the matter is that a settler killed a Palestinian,” alleged Dana.
The police statement reflects an initial investigation that is unsourced
and often meaningless, particularly given the performance of the police
in past investigations, said Dana.
He added that some Palestinians from the village had explained that the
incident with the rock-throwing happened after Qadous was shot.
Dana said that he knew a bullet had been recovered from the body and that he hoped it would lead to the killer’s identity.
Settlers, in turn, put their faith in the police investigation and
called on the Palestinians and the left-wing activists to apologize for
their initial statements, which described a settler killing an innocent
They accused the activists and Palestinians of inciting against them.
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said he was pleased that
the police had uncovered what he said was the truth behind the lies that
the Arabs had spread, the publication of which had harmed the Jewish