Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad denounced the shooting attack which took place south of Mt. Hebron Monday, calling it a "disgraceful act" and saying that the Palestinian Authority will continue to do all it can to prevent such incidents from taking place.
The attack claimed the life of Police Sergeant-Major Yehoshua (Shuki) Sofer and left three other police officers wounded.
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Fayyad warned against deteriorating violence: "Past experience has proven that (violence) only hurts Palestinian interests and serves in favor of the Israeli settlement movement."
The shooting, he added, contradicted the PA's efforts to maintain Palestinian interests while living up to its obligations. "The Palestinian people is united in non-violent, pacifistic resistance against settlements, the occupation and the terrorist behavior of settlers."
Fayyad further called on the Palestinian people to actively renounce violence and "pursue a demotic struggle, which – alongside the formation of state establishments and the PLO's diplomatic efforts – is an important part of establishing an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital."
An unknown group calling itself the "Flotilla Martyrs" claimed responsibility for the shooting attack, saying it was part of a series of actions "against Israeli crime."