April 3, 2013
Military court convicts Palestinian of murder in rock-throwing attack
An Israeli military court convicted a Palestinian security officer of the murder of an Israeli man and his infant son in a rock-throwing incident.
Asher Palmer, 25, and his infant son Yonatan, were killed in September 2011 when the car Asher Palmer was driving overturned after a rock crashed through the windshield of his car. Police first called the car crash an accident, but later found a large bloodstained rock in the car and deemed it a terror attack.
The Ofer Base Military Court on Tuesday convicted Waal al-Araja of throwing stones from a moving car toward the Palmer's car on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank.
Al-Araja admitted during the trial that he threw the rocks, but said that he did not intend to kill anyone, Ynet reported.
In their verdict, the judges said that Al-Araja understood the harm that throwing rocks could cause and that he intended to harm his victims. They also said that al-Araja's accomplices called the rock throwing jihad, and said that it was in retaliation for arson attacks on West Bank mosques, according to Ynet.
Palmer was a dual Israeli-American citizen.