[QODLink]
Middle East
Israeli police kill Palestinian
Motorist shot as police demolish home of digger driver who killed three people.
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2009 12:14 GMT

Heavy security was deployed for the demolition of Husam Dweiyat's home in East Jerusalem [EPA]

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian motorist they say tried to drive into them during the demolition of the home of a digger driver who killed three Israelis last year.

Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli police spokesman, said the motorist tried to hit a group of officers at a checkpoint near the house in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

"The Palestinian drove his car toward the border guards and lightly wounded three of them in the legs," he said.
  
"An officer on the scene then shot in his direction and killed him."

Heavy security had been deployed in the area while the part of the family home in which Husam Dweiyat had lived was demolished as a deterrent against future attacks on Israelis.

Last month, Dweiyat's parents lost an appeal in Israel's supreme court against the order to demolish part of their home, despite a military commission ruling in 2005 that such a policy was ineffective.

'Terrorist attack'

Police described the incident, which also injured 20 people, on Jerusalem's Jaffna Road on July 2 as a "terrorist attack", but a lawyer for Dweiyat's family say he was suffering from a mental illness.

Dweiyat was shot dead at the scene by police and a passerby.

Three weeks later, another Palestinian driving a digger injured 16 people in west Jerusalem before being killed by police.

In the latest such attack last month, a Palestinian was killed after his vehicle crushed a police car and hit other vehicles. 

Israeli officials said the demolitions were needed to stop the spate of apparent attacks, but human rights groups have called them collective punishment.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.