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Published: Tuesday, 4/5/2011

Middle Eastern director murdered


A well-known Arab Israeli actor, director, and political activist was murdered Monday in Jenin, the West Bank town where he ran a drama school and theater, Palestinian police said.

Juliano Mer Khamis was shot five times by one or more armed Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp, according to Jenin police chief Mohammed Tayyim.

Mer Khamis, 52, was the son of a Jewish mother and an Arab father — a rarity in a land where the two populations almost never intermarry. He starred in several critically acclaimed Israeli films and appeared in the 1984 American film The Little Drummer Girl.

In 2006, he opened an amateur theater company in Jenin, a city that had been torn by violence since the second Palestinian uprising began six years earlier.

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