Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jerusalem terrorist had Hamas ties; family claims he was killed for no reason by IDF

from the Jerusalem Post: Terrorist's family: Kasem wasn't a terrorist, he was killed in cold blood

The family of Kasem Mugrabi, who wounded 15 when he rammed his car into a group of IDF soldiers next to Jerusalem's Old City, claimed Tuesday the 19-year-old did not perpetrate a terror attack, Israel Radio reported. The family added that they blamed security forces for murdering Mugrabi in cold blood, and that they were seeking to open an investigation into the matter.

According to an initial police investigation, the east Jerusalem resident had wanted to marry his cousin, and when she refused his offer, he decided to carry out a terror attack, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

He left his east Jerusalem home with the car that his parents had bought him and which was to be his when he got his driver's license, and went on the rampage.

The investigation also found that the family was connected with Hamas, and that Mugrabi was not known to police.

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