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West Bank - Palestinians Want Role In Probing 'Terrorist' Killings Of Chapel Hill Muslims In U.S.

Published on: February 14, 2015 08:42 PM
By: Reuters 
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Palestinians hold a banner in remembrance of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, the three young Muslims who were gunned down in North Carolina this week, in Gaza City, February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem Palestinians hold a banner in remembrance of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, the three young Muslims who were gunned down in North Carolina this week, in Gaza City, February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

West Bank - The Palestinian government on Saturday condemned as “terrorism” the killings of three young Palestinian-Americans in North Carolina and called on U.S. authorities to include its investigators in the probe.

Police have charged a neighbor with Tuesday’s shooting in the town of Chapel Hill of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, saying the incident followed a dispute over parking.

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But investigators said they were also looking into whether the suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, was motivated by hatred toward the victims because they were Muslim.

Branding Hicks “an American extremist and hateful racist”, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the incident suggested a rise in dangerous discrimination against American Muslims.

“We consider it a serious indication of the growth of racism and religious extremism which is a direct threat to the lives of hundreds of thousands of American citizens who follow the Islamic faith,” the ministry said in a statement.

It called for “a serious investigation and the involvement of Palestinian investigators to clarify the circumstances of these assassinations and premeditated murders” in Chapel Hill.

On Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for “staying silent” over the murders, which have garnered international attention and left some American Muslims feeling concerned about their safety.

“This has hate crime written all over it,” said the slain women’s father, Mohammad Abu-Salha.

On Friday, Obama issued a statement describing the incident as “brutal and outrageous” and said no one in the United States should be targeted for their religion.‎



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 Feb 14, 2015 at 09:20 PM pinktfarkert Says:

So this weakling bowed down to the Turkish president, huh?

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 Feb 14, 2015 at 09:51 PM Anonymous Says:

This really takes the cake !!!!!!

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 Feb 15, 2015 at 01:21 AM ayoyo Says:

Perhaps the killer was a -freedom fighter-,that would justify the murders.

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 Feb 15, 2015 at 06:25 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

Why all the fuss?
Obviously the deaths of those folks was "WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. " They all lived right next to each other. Just like when Terrorist Hasan murdered 13 Christian Americans in Ft. Hood in 2009, and Mr. Obama said it's "WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. "

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 Feb 15, 2015 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

The fox wants to guard the henhouse?

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