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Palestinian Authority Police Officer Murderer of IDF Soldier

A Palestinian Authority Police Officer is the murderer of IDF soldier Ihab Hatib at Tapuach Junction in Samaria. (video from scene)
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 2/10/2010, 2:35 PM / Last Update: 2/10/2010, 2:26 PM

It has been released that the murderer of the IDF soldier on Wednesday was a a Palestinian Authority police officer and not a regular policeman as first announced. The murder occurred at the Tapuach Junction in northern Samaria. The name of the soldier has been released: St.-Sgt. Ihab Hatib from the northern village Maghar that has a large Druze population.

Hatib was sitting in an army jeep at the junction when the Arab ran up to him and began stabbing him in the chest through the open window of his vehicle. The victim tried to escape and began driving, but he lost consciousness and his vehicle overturned off the road.

After artificial resuscitation was performed at the scene, Hatib was evacuated to a hospital in Petach Tikva, where he died of his wounds about an hour later.

An eyewitness sent Arutz Sheva the following exclusive short cellphone clip showing the Arab murderer after being subdued.

Jewish Town's Security Officer on the Scene
Channel Two news reported, "Police and army forces on the scene saw what was happening, and it wasn't long before the security officer of a nearby Jewish community began driving towards the terrorist and ran him down." The lightly injured terrorist murderer was apprehended due to the quick action of Yossi Margalit, a graduate of the Har Bracha Yeshiva headed by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed which was recently removed from the Hesder list by Defense Minister Barak. Margalit is in charge of security at the nearby community of Rechelim.

Shortly after the attack, a Jewish truckdriver reported that three masked terrorists had fired at him as he drove between Neriah and Nachliel in western Binyamin. He was not hurt, and the army has begun combing the area.

Finger Pointed at Gov't
MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari said after the murder, "The government is busy opening checkpoints for Arabs and allowing free travel to terrorists, while the Brigade Commander is busy fighting with the Jewish residents - and the results are not long in coming. Jewish blood in Judea and Samaria has become cheap."

The Binyamin Residents Committee released this statement: "When the Defense Minister is over his head in enforcing the racist construction freeze and in false arrests of Jewish settlers, it's no wonder that the terrorists and those who help them are able to celebrate." Within the 12 hours before the murder, six Gilad Farm residents were brutally arrested in the middle of the night after an Arab claimed he had been beaten up, and Defense Ministry inspectors visited Tapuach to check for building freeze infractions.