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Tuesday, April 26, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Killing of Israeli worshipper heightens tensions
in West Bank

RAMALLAH — Israel's military has been placed on alert for the prospect of a clash with Palestinian Authority security forces.


Military sources said the alert was relayed after the killing of a Jewish worshipper by a PA security officer near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The officer fired toward a group of worshippers near Joseph's Tomb, in which four other Israelis were injured on April 24, Middle East Newsline reported.

"A coordination error does not justify this type of incident and the shooting of innocent people," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

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The sources acknowledged that the Israeli group reached Joseph's Tomb without permission from either the Army or the PA. A 1995 agreement, which has largely been ignored, guaranteed Israelis unlimited access to Joseph's Tomb, regarded as a leading site in Judaism.

"My nephew was killed by a terrorist disguised as a Palestinian policeman, through no fault of his own, just because he wished to pray," Israeli Culture Minister Limor Livnat said. "He was a person who just wanted to do good."

The killing sparked Jewish unrest in the northern West Bank. Palestinian motorists were struck by stones near Jewish communities in the area.

The sources said PA police and other security forces have sought to expand their authority and area of operations in the West Bank. In some cases, they said, PA officers challenged Israel Army patrols, especially near Nablus.

The PA has acknowledged the shooting and ordered Military Intelligence to investigate. Nablus Gov. Jibrin Al Bakri said police officers spotted three Israeli cars at Joseph's Tomb and fired into the air. Al Bakri said Israeli soldiers later seized a PA police vehicle on the scene.

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