Suspect in Shooting of Arabs Arrested

The police arrested a 19-year-old Jewish man Monday on suspicion of wounding three members of an Arab family last Thursday night when he opened fire on their car in the West Bank.

The identity of the suspect, who lives in northern Israel, was not disclosed. Police said he acted alone and has confessed to the assault, saying his motive was personal revenge.

He is believed to be related Shalom (Charlie) Shloush, one of the three Jewish residents of Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood stabbed to death by a West Bank Arab in October.

Police sources insisted the suspect is not linked to any organization, although an anonymous telephone call after the shooting claimed it was done by a group called the Zionist Vengeful.

The assault occurred near the Etzion bloc of settlements, south of Jerusalem.

Dr. Faisal Amru, 40, of Hebron was gravely injured in the attack. His sister, Ibtissam, 34, and her 9-month-old infant, Aya Jamal Amru, were badly wounded. All were hospitalized in Jerusalem.

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