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IDF investigating Jordanian judge’s death

Military police findings may contradict initial IDF report Raed Zeiter had attacked a soldier before he was shot

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The father of Raed Zeiter grieves over his son's body during his funeral in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on March 11, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
The father of Raed Zeiter grieves over his son's body during his funeral in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on March 11, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Military police are set to launch a full-scale investigation into the shooting of a Palestinian-Jordanian judge by IDF soldiers at the Allenby Bridge border crossing in the Jordan Valley earlier this month.

Raed Zeiter, 38, was shot dead by the soldiers. Initial reports stated that Zeiter had attacked a soldier and attempted to grab his rifle, although the Palestinian Center for Human Rights disputed the army’s account, saying one of the soldiers pushed Zeiter after he had disembarked from a bus with other passengers so that Israeli soldiers could search it.

Zeiter was a Jordanian passport holder and served as a civil court judge in the Hashemite Kingdom.

The military police’s findings so far have uncovered that Zeiter had not engaged in life-threatening activity, Walla reported.

Two more investigations were launched in connection with Palestinians who were shot and killed by IDF fire last month. In both cases, military police asserted that the army’s initial accounts were incorrect, Walla reported.

Following Zeiter’s death, angry protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman, where about 200 people called for the expulsion of the ambassador and the cancellation of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty.

At the time of the demonstrations, President Shimon Peres expressed his condolences to Jordan and to Zeiter’s family.

“On behalf of the State of Israel, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the people of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the death of Judge Raed Zeiter,” Peres said. “As the president of the State of Israel I would like to express compassion to the bereaved family, I share in their grief.”

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