Yehoshuah Elizor from Itamar settlement suspected of shooting Palestinian man in West Bank in 2004
Brazil police announced Thursday that, in coordination with Interpol, they had arrested a Jewish Israeli settler in connection with the murder of a Palestinian in 2004.
After more than a decade of searching, the suspect, 44-year-old Yehoshuah Elizor, was detained in Sao Paulo, according to local media reports.
Federal courts in Sao Paulo were expected to discuss his extradition in alignment with an extradition agreement signed with Israel in 2009.
In 2004, Elizor, who was a resident of the northern West Bank settlement of Itamar, shot and killed a Palestinian man.
Elizor saw the Palestinian’s van and signaled for him to stop near the Elon Moreh settlement.
When the Palestinian showed no signs of stopping, Elizor fired the M-16 rifle he was carrying at the vehicle, killing the Palestinian.
Elizor claimed that he was acting in self-defense because the Palestinian was attempting to run him over.
He was placed under house arrest and before the courts announced his sentence of 20 years in prison, he managed to escape to Germany where he had immigrated from.
Brazilian media reported that Elizor entered the country with fake documents and that he had been in hiding there for over a decade.