West Bank violence jumps, but this time it’s more personal

By William Booth, Ruth Eglash, December 2, 2013

JERUSALEM — A retired Israeli military officer was beaten to death with a pickax in his front yard. A Palestinian man was fatally shot after ramming his tractor into an Israeli army gate.

These and other enigmatic, seemingly unrelated killings, all originating in the West Bank, have left four Israelis and at least 24 Palestinians dead this year — a notable increase from last year.

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