Palestinian ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Engage in Terrorism

Illegal gun seized by Israel. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of ISA.

In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, a romantic couple tragically die while attempting to make their forbidden love a reality. In the Palestinian real-life version of this drama, the couple was also rejected by their families, and then launched terror attacks targeting Israel. Amar Ahmed Lutfi Khalil and his fiancé Ruan Ambar perpetrated two shooting attacks on Saturday (July 15) “as a result of their families’ rejection of the engagement,” reported a press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA).

The couple was eventually found by security forces. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed reported that Khalil attempted to open fire at the Israeli forces trying to arrest him, while the ISA noted that he was then killed by the arresting forces. Ambar surrendered herself to the Palestinian security forces.

The ISA also provided some background on Khalil, who was a weapons dealer and a former member of the Palestinian security forces.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page, the shooting attacks were against a vehicle—in which a civilian was lightly injured—and an IDF post, which resulted in no injuries. The Times of Israel reported that civilian driver who was injured was actually Palestinian himself.

The ISA press release commented that they, the Israeli Police and the IDF “will continue to take determined action to thwart terrorist attacks and quickly solve those attacks committed against Israeli civilians and security forces.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, July 16, 2017)

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