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The family of a Jerusalem Arab tractor driver who was killed after he rammed a bus and killed one man August 4 is suing the government for $650,000 with a claim that it was just an accident caused by police who shot him dead out without reason.

Mohammed Jaabis was working with his family’s power shovel at a construction site when the tractor suddenly turned on a bus and overturned it on what until now has been termed a terrorist attack that killed 29-year-old Avraham Wallis.

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Now the family claims Jaabis was victim and not an attacker.

Their claim in court alleges that a group of Jews threw rocks at the power shovel and that Jaabis began to flee the scene in fear. Then, according to the suit, guards and police fired several shots at him but he amazingly survived them and lost control of his tractor which systematically rammed into a bus five times and overturned it, which means the tractor must have been a very interesting invention with its own mind.

The family claims that if their son wanted to carry out a terrorist attack, he could have done so on the way to work.

It remains to be seen if the government will ask another witness to testify if the lawsuit comes to trial. Moshe Cohen told the Jerusalem Post at the time said, “An officer came with a gun and shot him, but he didn’t stop, so he shot him again and again.”

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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