Two Palestinians Arrested for Suspected Involvement in Attack on Settler in West Bank

The settler opened fire at Palestinians who surrounded his car in Hawara, killing one

Palestinians attack a passing vehicle belonging to an Israeli settler near the Hawara checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Nablus May 18, 2017.
Palestinians attack a passing vehicle belonging to an Israeli settler near the Hawara checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Nablus May 18, 2017. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

The Israel Defense Forces arrested two Palestinians for suspected involvement in the attack on a settler in the West Bank town of Hawara on Thursday.

The incident unfolded as hundreds of Palestinians rallied in support of the hunger-striking security prisoners in Israel. Some of the protesters were throwing stones. Video footage from the scene shows the protesters surrounding the settler's car before he opens fire at them, killing one.  

According to the IDF, one of the Palestinians involved in the incident and an ambulance driver who blocked the road the settler was driving on were arrested. The ambulance and the bus that transported protesters have been confiscated. 

Meanwhile, a tractor was torched in the Palestinian town of Burin, also near Nabuls, late Thursday in a suspected hate crime. The word "revenge" and the Star of David were spray-painted nearby. 

A tractor torched in Burin, in the  West Bank.
Israel Police

Earlier this month, more than 20 parked cars were vandalized in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shoafat in East Jerusalem and in the Arab village of Na'ura in northern Israel. The incident took place after Israeli right-wing activists were expelled from the West Bank.