The security coordinator of the settlement Shaarei Tikva was killed on Sunday in what the police currently believe was a hit-and-run accident. The police are investigating other possibilities but currently, they do not see it as a terrorist act.
After an extensive search that included helicopters, a 25-year-old man from Kafr Qasem was arrested in Jaffa. The car was probably stolen from a Rosh Haayin resident, who filed a complaint with local police an hour-and-a-half after the accident.
According to first reports, the victim, Lior Farhi, a 40-year-old father of three children, was standing with a police officer at the junction between Shaarei Tikva and Oranit on route 505 in the northwestern West Bank. The men were there to document the entrance of illegal Palestinian workers to Israel, a daily occurrence.
After arousing the suspicions of several Palestinians that arrived at the spot and then fled, Farhi, the police officer and another resident who joined them to film the events decided to park their car on the side of the road and open the hood, so that they would appear to be passersby.
Sometime later a Mazda arrived from the west and was quickly entered by Palestinians. Two soldiers, one of them female, who were present for some unknown reason, surprised the men who got into the car and its driver made a U-turn, speeding back in the direction from which he came.
Farhi called on him to pull over and when he understood that the driver was not going to stop, he pulled out a gun and was run over. An eyewitness said the victim landed several dozen meters away from where he was hit. The vehicle was found further down the road, abandoned.
A medical team evacuated Farhi to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where he died from his wounds. “This is very painful, he was a dear person,” a Shaarei Tikva resident told Haaretz.
The entire incident was filmed by Farhi’s friend but a gag order has been issued in the case. The driver hit Farhi “intentionally,” said Maj. Gen. Amos Yaacov, the commander of the Israel Police’s Shai District, which is responsible for the West Bank.
Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council of West Bank settlements, said that “the event near Shaarei Tikva is a murderous terror attack. It is no accident. One time it’s a stone, then it’s a knife, or a rifle or a vehicle, but it’s the same terror.”
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