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Palestinians hurl Molotov cocktails at IDF troops

Also in the West Bank, stone throwers attack Israeli vehicles, causing damage to two buses

Palestinian protesters throw stones at an Israeli military tower during a rally marking Land Day at the main entrance to the Qalandiya checkpoint, in the West Bank, March 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian protesters throw stones at an Israeli military tower during a rally marking Land Day at the main entrance to the Qalandiya checkpoint, in the West Bank, March 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Palestinians hurled three Molotov cocktails at IDF forces near Al Aruv in the West Bank on Friday, causing no injuries or damage.

Nearby, Palestinian stone throwers attacked Israeli vehicles traveling near the Gush Etzion Junction, causing damage to two buses. No injuries were reported.

In an unprecedented ruling, a military court on Wednesday sentenced a Palestinian man to two life terms plus 58 years for the murder of two Israelis in a stone-throwing incident in 2011.

The court at Ofer military prison earlier this month found Wa’al al-Araji, 25, from Halhul, to be directly responsible for the deaths of Asher Palmer and his 1-year-old son Yehonatan.

Palmer was driving from his home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba toward Jerusalem when Araji and accomplices drove towards them in the opposite direction. As the two cars passed each other, Araji hurled a rock that smashed through the windshield, knocking Palmer unconscious. The car swerved off the road, killing its occupants.

The decision was unusual in that the Military Advocate generally does not seek a murder charge against stone-throwing Palestinians, even when their actions cause fatalities. However, the panel of three judges said that, in this particular case, there could be no doubt that the accused intended to kill and had perpetrated similar — although less deadly — attacks in the past.

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