#1 Relatives of J'lem shooter say he was falsely accused
Family members of Arab man killed by security guard in capital Friday claim
he did not attempt to carry out terror attack: 'The guards are the only ones
who say that he tried to snatch the weapon'
Ahiya Raved YNET Published: 08.11.07, 20:24 / Israel News
The family members of the Arab man shot to death Friday after an exchange of
fire with a security guard in Jerusalem's Old City tried to hold his funeral
on Saturday, but his body had yet to be released by Israeli authorities.
The police on Saturday issued a gag order on the terrorist's identity.
Acquaintances and relatives of the terrorist said that they were surprised
to hear about the incident he was involved in, during which he snatched the
gun of one security guard before exchanging fire with another guard.
According to the acquaintances, "He was a quiet and introverted person, who
was incapable of raising his hand on anyone. People cannot believe what is
being said here, that he snatched a security guard's weapon. He is simply a
person who is incapable of doing such a thing."
They added that his family was "normative, quiet and respected."
The family's acquaintances said that as far as they knew, the man told other
residents who arrived with him in Jerusalem that he planned to stay in the
city for the afternoon prayer and return later.
"Many people from our community go to pray in Jerusalem on Friday. It is a
very central city for us," one of the acquaintances said. "We are shocked to
hear what happened, particularly when the family has yet to receive any
clear information. They are waiting to hear from the police what really
happened, and are waiting to see when the funeral will take place."
Many of those who arrived at the family's home on Saturday claimed that the
man was "killed for nothing" as he did not try to carry out a shooting
According to the acquaintances, the incident was made up by the two security
guards in order to avoid murder charges.
"The guards are the only ones who say that he tried to snatch the weapon.
There is no evidence for that, and he can no longer testify and defend
himself. It's a shame that the police fell for it, as did the Shin Bet
apparently. We are now calling it first-degree murder."
#2 Palestinian militant wings claim responsibility for Friday's "operation"
Date: 11 / 08 / 2007 Time: 10:32
Nablus - Ma'an - Three Palestinian military wings on Saturday claimed
responsibility for the operation conducted in Jerusalem on Friday. It has
been reported that, during the operation, a young Palestinian man grabbed
the gun of a security guard and shot him in the shoulder. Other guards
returned fire, killing the man and injuring 11 others.
In a joint statement, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the
PFLP, the Al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Brigades of
Fatah all claimed responsibility for the operation.
The name of the deceased man has now been revealed; he was identified by the
Arab48 website as Ahmad Mahmoud Al-Khateeb, 27, from the village of Kfar
Manda in the Galilee region.
He is survived by a wife and young daughter.