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Kiryat Arba - Hundreds at Funeral of Father, Child Road Victims

Published on: September 25, 2011 08:38 PM
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Israeli settlers carry the body of one-year-old Yonatan and his father Asher Palmer during their funeral  in the West bank settlement of Kiryat Arba next to Hebron on September 25 2011. Asher and his son were killed in what was originally thought to have been a car accident a few days ago. Police have since discovered a large rock with signs of blood on it near the crash, and are now investigating the possibility that the crash may have been caused by a stone being thrown at the car. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90Israeli settlers carry the body of one-year-old Yonatan and his father Asher Palmer during their funeral in the West bank settlement of Kiryat Arba next to Hebron on September 25 2011. Asher and his son were killed in what was originally thought to have been a car accident a few days ago. Police have since discovered a large rock with signs of blood on it near the crash, and are now investigating the possibility that the crash may have been caused by a stone being thrown at the car. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Kiryat Arba - More than a thousand people crowded a parking lot in Kiryat Arba on Sunday evening, to bid farewell to Asher Hillel Palmer and his infant son, Yonatan, who died when their car overturned on Route 60 outside Kiryat Arba on Friday, in what police and the army suspect was a terror attack.

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Asher’s brother-in-law, Aharon Peretz told the mourners, “Asher, you were my beloved, noble brotherin- law. Yonatan, my nephew, people used to stop me in the street and say what a little angel your sister has, with eyes as blue as the heavens, a baby that at only 10 months old started to walk. Asher, the love of my heart, who never said anything loud, always spoke softly, always with a pure heart.”

Controversy and anger surrounds the incident, in that after the accident security services said there was suspicion that the accident may have been caused by stone-throwers, a statement that was later retracted, only to emerge again on Sunday.

Contrary to settler claims, senior IDF officers told reporters in briefings on Saturday that while soldiers at the scene on Friday had not seen any stone-throwing, the army and the police were looking into the possibility that a rock had been thrown from a passing car.

Across the settlements of Judea and Samaria, voices are claiming that security officials covered up the stone-throwing in order to prevent “price tag” actions by settlers on the same day the Palestinians were presenting their statehood bid at the United Nations.

Details of the incident began to emerge on Sunday, after the family of Palmer, 25, reached an agreement with the state to allow for blood samples to be taken from his body and that of Yonatan, in order to determine the cause of death.

Palmer’s family had initially refused the state permission to conduct an autopsy on the bodies, and the state petitioned the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court against the family’s decision.

When the court refused the petition, the state immediately appealed the lower court’s ruling directly in the High Court of Justice.

The High Court issued a temporary injunction delaying the magistrate’s court’s ruling ahead of a hearing scheduled for Sunday, but the hearing was cut short after both sides reached an agreement that blood samples could be taken from the bodies.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday that “based on the findings of the external autopsy, the main direction of the investigation is that he [Palmer] was hit by a stone that caused him to lose control of the vehicle.”

Rosenfeld said police found the stone, but it didn’t know when it was thrown at the car and the investigation is still ongoing.



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 Sep 25, 2011 at 08:46 PM Anonymous Says:

They should avoid the "rock throwing" allegations until they are 100 percent certain. EY is now a powder keg and there is a critical need to avoid giving the small group of fanatics among the settlers a excuse to incite rioting among the Palestinians.

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 Sep 25, 2011 at 11:35 PM 2#1 Says:

nothing new, the same sickness the Jews suffered from for years. keep on blaming the Jews. whats not clear? THEY FOUND A HUGE ROCK STAINED WITH BLOOD INSIDE THE CAR . ITS A PLACE KNOWN FOR ROCK-THROWING. the more Israel will be weak and continue shoving these TERROR ATTACKS under the rug, THE MORE THEY will.... h"y

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 Sep 25, 2011 at 09:34 PM esther Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They should avoid the "rock throwing" allegations until they are 100 percent certain. EY is now a powder keg and there is a critical need to avoid giving the small group of fanatics among the settlers a excuse to incite rioting among the Palestinians.

i really feel sorry for you.it's the pal's we need to worry about,not the settlers my dear self hating jew.

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 Sep 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM MosheM Says:

Number 1 anonymous is a Palestinian or a self-hating Jew. Police confirmed that it was a terror attack on.

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 Sep 25, 2011 at 11:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They should avoid the "rock throwing" allegations until they are 100 percent certain. EY is now a powder keg and there is a critical need to avoid giving the small group of fanatics among the settlers a excuse to incite rioting among the Palestinians.

When a stone will hit you, we are all waiting to hear what you say then.

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 Sep 26, 2011 at 12:09 AM Rebyid40 Says:

A rock is a deadly weapon. Rock thowers should be shot on sight!

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 Sep 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM flameofjudah Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They should avoid the "rock throwing" allegations until they are 100 percent certain. EY is now a powder keg and there is a critical need to avoid giving the small group of fanatics among the settlers a excuse to incite rioting among the Palestinians.

Your lashon hara is despicable. G-d forbid they tell the truth because EY is a 'powder keg... What a coward!

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 Sep 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM BD"E Says:

i stayed by the palmers house a few months ago for a shabbos with a some friends. it was a beautiful shabbos and they are very special people! they will be missed!

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 Sep 26, 2011 at 03:02 PM marcia Says:

The possibility that a rock was the cause of the death of Mr. Palmer and his baby is probable under these circumstances.However, having been hit with one while traveling in a car, both on purpose and by accident, #1 is correct. Thank goodness in both cases all was ok, the kids in the first case were caught and the huge truck that caused the stone to hit me in the second case could not be held accountable!

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 Sep 26, 2011 at 05:07 PM chardal Says:

About 20 years ago, my (at the time) 17 year old brother's best friend was murdered the same way - stone throwing which caused a car accident. At the time they didnt look into it, said it was just an accident, but everyone knew the truth, except the authorities wouldnt admit it, because they didnt want to shake the powder keg.

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