“Terrorist attack” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charges. “Murder!” cries Defense Minister Ehud Barak. “Nothing can justify the opening of fire at innocent people.” “Killed because he is Jewish,” claims Science and Culture Minister Limor Livnat.
Livnat might be forgiven for emotional exaggeration. It was her nephew who was killed, apparently by Palestinian policemen, after he and several carloads of Jews ran through a Palestinian security blockade in Nablus on the West Bank. They had failed to stop when the police fired warning shots in the air.
Palestinian police officials say they are investigating, and the local Palestinian governor said that the shooting was “a mistake.” A Palestinian security official said the police had “identified suspicious movements.” The Israeli military says it was not a terrorist attack. The Jews threw stones at the police and had violated rules barring them from the site — the purported tomb of the biblical Joseph — without permission.