Palestinian Worker Shoots Boss Dead

Nissan Dollinger, a 43-year-old resident of the Pa'at-Sadeh settlement in Gush Katif, was shot to death yesterday near Rafah. His assailant, a Palestinian in Dollinger's employ, was arrested by the Israel Defense Forces.

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Nissan Dollinger, a 43-year-old resident of the Pa'at-Sadeh settlement in Gush Katif, was shot to death yesterday near Rafah. His assailant, a Palestinian in Dollinger's employ, was arrested by the Israel Defense Forces.

The incident took place shortly after noon when Dollinger came to pick up the laborer at a checkpoint near Rafah. As he entered the car, the man pulled out a revolver and shot Dollinger several times from point-blank range, killing him instantly. A Magen David Adom ambulance team pronounced him dead.

A group of reservists who were on duty at the IDF roadblock threw the assailant to the ground, confiscated his revolver and detained him. He was taken to the Shin Bet security service for interrogation. The reservists said the shooting appeared to have been preceded by a short argument between Dollinger and the laborer. A number of other Palestinians in the area were also taken in for questioning.

It is not yet clear whether the laborer succeeded in hiding the revolver when he was checked at the roadblock or whether he had brought it to the area earlier and hidden it near the site.

The commander of the forces in the region, Colonel Shlomo Dagan, told Israel Television last night that the laborer was apparently working in Gush Katif without a permit. No organization has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

Earlier there had been intelligence warnings of an impending terrorist attack by a Palestinian laborer on his employer. An investigation is also underway to determine if there had been a work dispute between the two men.

Dollinger, a father of six, was buried yesterday evening in the Gush Katif cemetery.

There have been several incidents in the Gaza Strip recently where Palestinian laborers have killed or wounded their employers or IDF soldiers. Laborers have also passed on information to terrorists and helped them enter the settlements with forged documents. The IDF has called for a ban on Palestinians working in the settlements, but this has been opposed by the settlers themselves who say they will not be able to continue farming without help. Only yesterday morning, dozens of Gush settlers demonstrated against the strict examinations of Palestinian laborers carried out by the IDF, saying these made them late and that consequently the produce in the hothouses was being spoiled.

IDF sources told Ha'aretz, however, that not all the examinations were so strict. If an employer recognized a worker, he was usually allowed to pass with just a superficial look over, they said.

There were a few other incidents in the territories yesterday but no further reports of Israeli casualties. An IDF force apprehended two wanted men carrying containers with nitroglycerine near Tul Karm during the early morning hours, while Border Police arrested a Palestinian with ammunition near Ma'aleh Adumim. Two other Palestinians were also arrested near Tul Karm and another south of Qalqilyah.

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