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Second Israeli arrested in deadly stabbing of Palestinian

Right-wing Israelis protest the detention of an Israeli settler suspected of stabbing a Palestinian to death near Ariel, at a protest on Saturday, June 25, 2022 (Credit: Honenu)
Right-wing Israelis protest the detention of an Israeli settler suspected of stabbing a Palestinian to death near Ariel, at a protest on Saturday, June 25, 2022 (Credit: Honenu)

Israeli police arrest a second Israeli suspect in the suspected killing of a Palestinian man in the northern West Bank, according to her lawyers.

The suspect, an Israeli woman who resides in the settlement of Ariel, was detained by detectives on Sunday afternoon.

Ali Hassan Harb, 27, was stabbed in the heart during a confrontation between settlers and Palestinians on the outskirts of his hometown of Iskaka last Tuesday. The Israelis had apparently come to examine the land to build a new illegal outpost in the area.

The settler suspected of killing Harb has been held incommunicado by the Shin Bet internal security service since Thursday. His lawyer says he acted in self-defense; a gag order requested by Israeli police bars the publication of most of the details of the case.

The second suspect — the Israeli women — is suspected of organizing the group of settlers who arrived with an eye toward building a new outpost on land claimed by the Harb family.

“The Shin Bet has totally lost it. This insanity must be stopped. Children were attacked by a lynch mob and were only saved by a miracle. Meanwhile, the Shin Bet and police are persecuting the victims,” says Adi Keidar, a lawyer with the Honenu legal aid group, which is representing the two suspects.

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