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2 Palestinians indicted for murder of Asher Palmer, son

Military Prosecution indicts Halhul residents for murders of Asher Palmer and infant son; cell suspected of multiple stoning attacks

Yair Altman
Published: 11.22.11, 23:43 / Israel News

Two Palestinians were indicted Tuesday for the murder of Asher Palmer (25) and his infant son Yonatan in September.

 

The Palmers were killed when their car went off the road after it was stoned as they were traveling on Highway 60.

 

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The crash was initially believed to be an accident, but police investigation led to the conclusion that the Kiryat Arba crash was, in fact, the result of a terror attack.

 

The accused, both of whom are residents of the West Bank city of Halhul, just south of Hebron, were indicted of nationalistically-motivated murder. The Military Prosecution filed the charges with the Ofer Military Court.

 


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The Palmer car after the crash (Photo: Eliad Levy) 

 

The prosecution argued that the defendants sought revenge over a "price tag" incident in which a Nablus mosque was torched in early September.

 

The court granted the prosecution's request and remanded both defendants pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings in their case.

 

According to the indictments, the two were part of a terror cell which carried out several similar attacks in the area "with the intent to kill."

 

Three other Palestinians were indicted in the Palmer murder case as well: Two other Halhul residents were indicted as accessories to murder and a third was indicted for stealing Palmer's weapon after he was killed.

 

The cell's leader, Ali Abdel-Hadi Ismail Sa'ada, was indicted for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal military training. He was also implicated in 23 security offences and stoning incidents perpetrated on Highway 60.

 

He was also indicted for conspiracy to commit an act of terror: The prosecution said that in 2006, Sa'ada and a second member of his cell conspired to carry out a shooting attack on a bus traveling on Highway 60. The plan failed only because the M-16 rifle chosen by the two jammed.

 

Sa'ada is also accused of hurling a Molotov cocktail and a pipe bomb on buses traveling on the highway.

 

 

 

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