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

Palestinians react to Israeli soldiers after a Palestinian farmer shot dead by Jewish settlers, at the Khusra village of Nablus in West Bank on November 30, 2017. After that, Palestinians detained Jewish settlers in a cave and Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and received these detained Jewish settlers. [Nedal Eshtayah /Anadolu Agency]
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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