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Jordanian judge yelled ‘Allah Akbar’ and attacked Israeli soldier with iron rod before being shot dead

By Mason White 4:33 PM March 11, 2014
The Allenby crossing after the incident 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A Jordanian judge was shot dead after screaming “Allah Akbar” and attacking an Israeli soldier with an iron rod, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

“The terrorist attacked IDF forces with a pole, tried to steal a soldier’s weapon, and then attempted to strangle another soldier at the scene,” the IDF said in a statement.

Raed A-Zayater, 37, who was shot by IDF soldiers, served as a magistrate’s court judge in Jordan.

A preliminary IDF investigation concluded that A-Zayater, whom the IDF has categorized as a terrorist, attacked Israeli soldiers at the Allenby Bridge crossing on Israel’s border with Jordan, as he was crossing into Israel, reportedly on his way to visit his family in Nablus.

A-Zayater attacked the soldiers with a metal pole while shouting “Allah Akbar,” and then attempted to seize one soldier’s weapon. Soldiers responded to the attack in accordance with standard procedures, firing at A-Zayater’s lower extremities.

A-Zayater then began to strangle a soldier, and the soldiers resorted to using live fire, resulting in his death. He was buried today in Nablus.

Although the IDF’s investigation is ongoing, its preliminary findings were extensive and included interviews with tens of witnesses at the scene. A-Zayater’s death has spawned a sharp response from the Jordanian Government, which summoned Israeli ambassador to Jordan and demanded an explanation to the incident.

Jordan also ordered an investigation of the incident. Tens of Jordanians protested in front of Israel’s embassy last night, demanding the removal of the embassy and the annulment of the peace agreement with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement today sending his condolences to the Jordanian government and people, announcing an Israeli-Jordanian panel would further investigate this incident, which has generated much tension between the two governments.