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    Israeli Soldier Killed by Palestinians in Supermarket was US Citizen

    Israeli troops gather near a supermarket that was the scene of a stabbing near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 18, 2016.
    Israeli troops gather near a supermarket that was the scene of a stabbing near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 18, 2016.
    VOA News

    The off-duty Israeli soldier stabbed to death by two Palestinian teens in a West Bank supermarket has been identified as Tuvya Weisman, an American citizen.

    He was the second American to die in a six-month wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli citizens.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States condemned the killing "in the strongest possible terms."

    "There is no justification for terrorism," he said. "This horrific incident again underscores the need for all sides to reject violence and urgently take steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence."

    The two 14-year-olds stabbed Weisman to death and wounded another shopper Thursday inside the crowded supermarket before being shot and wounded by an armed civilian.

    Six months of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, police and soldiers have left nearly 30 Israelis dead, along with one other American and an Eritrean.

    But police and soldiers have killed more than 160 Palestinians who were attempting to stab Jews or run them down with cars.

    Israel accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting young Palestinians to violence.

    But Palestinians say they are fed up with poor economic opportunities, weak leadership and a dim outlook for peace.

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    Comment Sorting
    by: PermReader
    February 22, 2016 6:48 AM
    The facts of so many Israelis, even the armed fsoldiers and policemen, are stabbed in the streets shows their unavailability to defend themselves as a result of no hostility towards Arabs. We see the false propaganda of evil Jews ready to kill poor Arabs.Our enemies counts any terrorist killed by Jews among the ME fire everyday`s hundreds victimes.

    by: wbilct from: USA
    February 21, 2016 9:26 PM
    One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Palestinian's have a right to defend themselves. The Zionist entity should retreat to it's USA mainland.

    by: Al from: Yonkers,NY
    February 21, 2016 2:12 PM
    How can you be be an American citizen and be in the military of another country?
    When you,re in the military you have to swear allegiance to that country,so wouldn't that be renouncing his US citizenship.

    by: terrance from: us
    February 21, 2016 8:20 AM
    Difference between Weissman and Adolf Eichmann: none. Weissman betrayed America by joining an Israeli militia and going to Palestine to kill Palestinians. Adolf Eichmann betrayed Austria by joining the German SS and going to Poland to kill Polish Jews. It is totally disgusting the US State Department did not specifically state Weissman, an American citizen in a foreign "uniform" violating international law by murdering civilians was not guilty of treason.

    by: Marc from: Canada
    February 20, 2016 10:43 AM
    time to stop this terrorist state: Israël
    In Response

    by: In Limbo from: Edmonton, Canada
    February 21, 2016 11:35 PM
    Wey Marcus,
    Soon-to-be president Trump needs only to threaten us with chemical weapon.... we will build it in few days. Happy?
    In Response

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 20, 2016 3:50 PM
    Time to stop the country that puts out a welcome mat for terrorists, Canada. We need two walls, one on our Southern border and another on our Northern border. I'd like to see President Trump figure out a way to make Canada pay for it.

    by: PermReader
    February 20, 2016 7:35 AM
    State Department hypocrite indignation: our Jew is murdered! He does not deserve! He is not the Israeli Jew( who deserves ).VOA in a company of world Media is busy counting the fate and deaths of poor Arab terrorists,comletly ignoring their Jewish victims,thus demonstrating Jew-hatred. I hope ,American Jews will remind this.

    by: Ben from: Dallas
    February 19, 2016 8:54 PM
    A U.S. citizen serving in the Israeli military? That's treason.

    by: hand from: California
    February 19, 2016 8:48 PM
    I thought that serving in the armed forces of another country caused one to lose one's American citizenship...?
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    by: Albert Westpy from: New Jersey
    February 26, 2016 9:53 AM
    US citizens may fight for any country that is not fighting against the USA, which in my opinion is logical. What I don't find to be logical is the fact that the State Department condemns the death of an American fighting for Israel on illegally occupied land but did not condemn the death of peace activist Rachel Corrie when she was killed by Israeli forces who ran her over, with a armored bulldozer, as she was trying to protect the home of the only doctor in the Rafah refugee camp, in Gaza which was also illegally occupied Palestinian land. So it does seem that the State Department may have a double standard issue going on here. That seems as if it's a question we may have to ask them.
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    by: terrance from: us
    February 21, 2016 11:35 AM
    Except those instances were when we were at war vs. real enemies. This dirtbag was stealing land in the uniform of a militia in violation of international law. How many teenage Palestinians had this invader killed? Remember Nuremburg, murdering civilians is a war crime--lol, the Israelis, REMEMBER, tried Eichmann for the same crime.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 19, 2016 10:59 PM
    Hey hand _ Only if a US citizen fights with an enemy army? .. She (an American Israeli) had dual citizenship as all Jews do? .. And American colored troops served with the French army in WW1, and American (Flying tigers) fought with the Chinese army in WW2, and other Americans fought for and with the Kurds in Syria the last few years? .. but fighting in an enemy army against the US or it's allies is a treasonous offense? .. I do believe?

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