Shin Bet: 2 Palestinians Admit Throwing Rocks That Killed Israeli Asher Palmer and Infant Son

The two were killed last month near Kiryat Arba after their car was hit with rocks and flipped over; 3 other Palestinians suspected of stealing Palmer's gun after crash.

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The Shin Bet security service that it has arrested two Palestinian citizens from Halhoul who admitted to throwing a rock that caused a fatal crash near Kiryat Arba on September 23rd. 25-years-old Asher Palmer and his one-year-old son Yonatan were killed after their vehicle flipped over.

The Shin Bet also arrested three Palestinians on suspicion of stealing Palmer's gun after the crash. The investigation was a joint opeation by the Shin Bet, Israel Police and the IDF.

The site near Kiryat Arba where Asher Palmer and his one-year-old son Yonatan were killed when their car flipped over after being pelted with rocks, in October, 2011.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Initially, The Israel Defense Forces Spokespersons Office issued a statement shortly after the crash in which it declared the Palmers' death to be the result of an accident and not a terror attack.

However, police have now verified that the car veered off the road after a rock was allegedly thrown by a Palestinian at the vehicle.

In a 'Price Tag' attack in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zanghariyya earlier this week, in which the local mosque was torched, attackers also painted the word "Palmer" on the walls, presumably a reference to the terror attack.

On Thursday, IDF figures revealed that September was the most violent month in the last year and a half in terms of rock throwing in the West Bank.

There were 498 incidents of rocks being thrown last month - 33 percent more than the monthly average over the past year. This was the highest monthly total since Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in early 2009.



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