Leading Moderate West Bank Politician Stabbed to Death

A leading West Bank moderate politician and lawyer, Azziz Shehade, was found stabbed to death near his home in Ramilah tonight.

Police launched an immediate search of the area. They were not prepared to assess immediately whether the crime had been committed by Palestinian terrorists or possibly he was killed because of some business dealings.

Shehade, a partner in the largest West Bank law firm, was involved in major land deals and observers felt this activity might have been the background to his murder.

While hostile to the Hashemite government in Jordan, Shehade never aligned with extremist Palestinian opinion but instead consistently advocated a negotiated solution between Palestinians and Israelis leading to two separate states living in amity.

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