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Ahmad Khatib Photo courtesy of al-Hadith newspaper
Ahmad Khatib Photo courtesy of al-Hadith newspaper

Arab group: We're behind Galilee murder

Free People of the Galilee claims man shot in Jerusalem after snatching security guard's weapon also killed Upper Nazareth resident six weeks ago

Roee Nahmias
Published: 08.25.07, 20:29 / Israel News

Ahmad Khatib, who was shot to death by a security guard in Jerusalem two weeks ago after seizing another guard's weapon, was behind another attack – the killing of an Upper Nazareth resident some six weeks ago – the Arab-Israeli Free People of the Galilee organization said Saturday.


Palestinian news agency Ma'an published the organization's statement, saying that Khatib murdered 68-years old Michael Ronkin outside his home.


Ronkin was found by Magen David Adom emergency services paramedics, suffering from multiple stab wounds.


The investigation into Ronkin's murder was placed under a gag order leaving many questions unanswered, but his son said he believed his father's killing was a nationalist one. "Dad died a soldier's death by a terrorist looking for a kill," he said.


The Free People of the Galilee had claimed responsibility for several terror attacks, including the killing of IDF soldier Oleg Shaichat in July 2003.


The organization's statement regarding Khatib's involvement in Ronkin's murder did not receive any official confirmation.


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