Cabbie's murder declared terror attack

Officials announce capture of 2 Palestinians, say attack was revenge for death of Islamic Jihad man.

Haldi and Uda 248.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Haldi and Uda 248.88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF have captured the killers of Gregory Rabinovitch, a 55-year-old taxi driver from Ashdod murdered in early May, security officials announced Thursday. The killers, Mahmad Haldi and Mahmoud Uda, both 22, were Palestinians from the village of Arana, said the officials, adding that both had confessed to the killing. During his interrogation, Haldi said the two decided to murder Rabinovitch to avenge the death of a family member, a senior Islamic Jihad member killed by Israel in 2007. Haldi and Uda entered Israel legally on May 10, planning to carry out a robbery in the Ashdod area, stated the officials. They said that together with a third man, the two boarded Rabinovitch's cab and decided to rob him. They then allegedly led the driver to a side road near Gan Yavne, where they strangled him to death. Haldi also admitted to interrogators that he had been involved in shooting attacks and had planned to kidnap and murder an IDF soldier in the West Bank. The two suspects were remanded for five additional days in a Petah Tikva District Court hearing on Thursday morning.