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Israeli Court Acquits Guard Who Killed an Arab Vendor

A Jerusalem court has acquitted a security guard who fatally shot an Arab vegetable vendor earlier this year outside a Jewish seminary.

Dmitri Burman, 31, shot and killed Julani Abed, 25, as he and a second Palestinian drove into the Jerusalem seminary, where they worked.

They were planning to drop off a load of potatoes. A kitchen employee let them in the gate with a remote control switch, according to news reports.

But the guard, unaware that the truck had been given clearance, opened fire. The shooting came as the country was on alert for possible suicide bombing attacks.

The judges ruled that Abed’s death was a tragic mistake, triggered by recent warnings about car bombs.