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Woman Jailed for Role in Beita Clash; Jewish Settler Charged with Killing

A Palestinian woman was sentenced Thursday to eight months in jail for badly wounding a Jewish settler during a fatal altercation April 6 in the village of Beita, near Nablus.

And in a separate case, a Jewish settler was charged with manslaughter for killing a Palestinian in the West Bank.

Munira Salah Daoud was convicted of throwing a rock at Romam Aldubi, who was leading a group of young settlers on a Passover outing near the village.

According to an army investigation, Aldubi panicked when confronted by villagers, and began firing his rifle. His shots struck and killed Daoud’s brother and Tirza Porat, a 15-year-old settler.

Aldubi is still in serious condition at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, suffering from head injuries.

In passing sentence, a military court judge in Nablus took into account the circumstances of the incident and the fact that Daoud was pregnant. He also noted that her house was destroyed by security forces following the incident, during punitive measures that claimed 13 other homes in Beita.

Daoud already has been in prison for four months.

In a second case, the head of the Binyamin regional council in the West Bank was charged Thursday in Jerusalem district court with manslaughter in the shooting death of Rabah Hussein Ghanem, 17, of the village of Beitin, in the Ramallah region.

A JOINT CALL FOR PEACE

Pinhas Wallerstein, 39, is the second settler to face charges over the killing of a Palestinian, since the start of the uprising last December.

Wallerstein and a bodyguard were riding in a car in the West Bank when they came across burning tires placed by demonstrators, who hurled stones. Wallerstein Chased the youths and opened fire, allegedly killing the Palestinian youth.

Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families held a joint news conference Thursday in East Jerusalem.

They called for an end to the Arab-Jewish conflict, self-determination for the Palestinians and the convening of an international peace conference, to be attended by the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The families issued a joint statement declaring “the solution to the conflict between the two peoples who live here will not come about by the sword.”

The event was sponsored by the leftist English language periodical New Outlook.

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