Israeli-Arab actor shot dead in West Bank refugee camp

A famous Middle East Israeli-Arab theatre and film identity has been shot dead in the West Bank.

Juliano Mer-Khamis, a prominent political activist, was gunned down in Jenin.

A masked gunman opened fire on the 52-year-old director’s car as it was driving through a refugee camp.

Mer-Khamis was a well-known figure in the West Bank town of Jenin where he ran a drama school and community theatre.

Palestinian security forces are investigating the crime while Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, has issued a statement condemning the killing of the committed peace activist.

An Israeli citizen, Mer-Khamis was born to a Jewish mother, Arna Mer, and a Palestinian Christian father, Saliba Khamis.

He had lived in a Jenin camp for seven years, and refused to describe himself as an Arab Israeli, but as: “100 per cent Palestinian and 100 percent Jewish.”

Many Palestinians saw his theatre, which was known as Freedom Theatre, as a challenge to long-held notions and traditions.

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