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Palestinian killed after attacking Israeli soldier reportedly was Jordanian judge

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man shot and killed after attacking an Israeli soldier at the Jordan border crossing was identified as a Jordanian judge.

Israeli troops fired at the man after he attempted to seize the soldier’s rifle in Monday’s incident, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The Palestinian was identified as Raed Alaa Addin Zieter, 38, from Nablus in the West Bank, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. According to Maan, he left the West Bank in 2011 and had not returned.

The Associated Press later reported, citing an unnamed Jordanian judicial authority, that Zieter held a Jordanian passport and worked as a civil court judge in Amman.

Zieter reportedly was part of a group of Palestinians who got off a on the Israeli side of the border crossing for a security check. He yelled “Allahu Akhbar,” or “God is great,” as he ran toward the soldier, Ynet reported.

The border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank was closed in the wake of the incident but reopened by evening.

The Jordanian government on Monday evening called on Israel to investigate the incident. The same evening, Jordanian protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Amman attempted to break into the compound, the Times of Israel reported, citing Jordanian media.

 

 

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