Israeli Who Killed Palestinian in 2004 Extradited From Brazil

Yehoshua Elitzur was convicted of manslaughter for killing Sael A-Shatiya in the West Bank but fled the country before his sentencing

Yehoshua Elitzur in 2004, after he was arrested.
Nir Keidar

An Israeli who was convicted of manslaughter for killing a Palestinian in 2004 was extradited from Brazil to Israel on Wednesday, 12 years after he had fled the country.

Yehoshua Elitzur was convicted of killing Sael A-Shatiya after he illegally ordering him to stop en route to the settlement of Elon Moreh from the Beit Furiq checkpoint. Elitzur was driving when he noticed a van with the windows rolled up traveling on an unpaved road nearby. Shatiya was at the wheel and there were seven passengers inside. Elitzur stopped his car, got out while holding a loaded M-16 rifle and ordered Shatiya to stop, pointing the rifle at him. When Shtiya did not stop, Elitzur approached the van and fired one shot at Shatiya at close range, killing him.

In 2005, after he was convicted but before his sentencing hearing, Elitzur fled the country. After he was arrested in Sao Paulo in June 2015, Israel submitted an extradition request.

The international department of the state prosecution stated that “together with the Interpol unit of the Israel Police, [we] worked for many years to locate Elitzur throughout the world and extradited him to Israel.”