[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
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Referendum on Scottish independence is the first major election in the UK where 16 and 17-year olds get a vote.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Farmers worry about their future as buyers shun local produce and rivers show an elevated presence of heavy metals.
War-torn neighbour is an uncertain haven for refugees fleeing Pakistan's Balochistan, where locals seek independence.
NSA whistleblower Snowden and journalist Greenwald accuse Wellington of mass spying on New Zealanders.
join our mailing list