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Israel settler who killed Palestinian farmer acted in ‘self-defence’

December 19, 2017 at 10:24 am

Israeli soldiers arrive after a Palestinian farmer was shot dead by Jewish settlers on 30 November 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli military prosecution yesterday charged Palestinian Mohamed Wadi with attempted murder after he threw stones at settlers, while Israel Police are expected to accept a settler’s claims that he killed a Palestinian in “self-defence”, Arab48 reported.

Requesting an extension to his detention, the prosecution said Wadi had entered a cave where settlers were hiding and threw stones at them at close range.

The Palestinian from Nablus in the occupied West Bank had allegedly thrown a stone at one of the settler’s heads injuring him.

This came after a group of illegal settlers raided Palestinian farms in the village of Qusra, near Nablus, and shot dead 48-year-old farmer Mahmoud Ahmad Zaal Odeh while he was working on his land.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the settler who killed the Palestinian, while Israeli media sources have said police are likely to accept claims that the settler opened fire in “self-defence”.

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