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Terrorist Was One of PA Killers at Joseph’s Tomb

A "former" terrorist was one of the Palestinian Authority troops who shot at 19 Jews at Kever Yosef last month, killing Ben Yosef Livnat, IDF says.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 5/11/2011, 9:35 AM / Last Update: 5/11/2011, 10:05 AM

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One of the Palestinian Authority soldiers who shot at 19 Jews at Joseph's Tomb (Kever Yosef) last month, killing  Ben Yosef Livnat, was a former terrorist, the IDF said after an investigation. Palestinian Authority terrorists whom Israel have freed in the past are responsible for killing approximately 150 Jews after their release from jail.

A probe by the Judea and Samaria division of the IDF stated the attack at Joseph's Tomb was unwarranted, and the report did not rule out the possibility that it may have been a terrorist attack, Voice of Israel government radio reported. The soldiers shot with the intention to kill, according to the IDF.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police are conducting a further investigation to determine whether the shooting and murder were pre-meditated.

Israel National News reported last week that an internal Palestinian Authority probe contradicted initial claims that the PA soldiers shot at the worshippers because they allegedly broke through a PA checkpoint on their way home from the holy site.

The IDF report confirmed that the PA troops shot 44 bullets without any provocation and that there was no danger to their lives. Most, if not all, of the Jews were unarmed, contrary to claims disseminated by Palestinian Authority media.

At least two of the PA soldiers, commonly called “police” by mainstream media, were trained by American officers at an American-funded training base in Jordan.

The IDF report concluded the attack is a ”warning” of what may await Jews this summer and also serves as a caution sign concerning further cooperation with the PA security forces.