Actor and political activist Juliano Mer-khamis was gunned down in the Northern West Bank on Monday (04Apr11). He was 52.
The Arab-Israeli star, who most recently appeared in Miral, was shot by a masked gunman about 150 feet (45 metres) from the Freedom Theater, the drama school and community theatre Mer-Khamis ran in Jenin.
He was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
As the son of a Jewish mum and an Arab father, Mer-Khamis was a vocal critic against Israel's policies toward the Palestinians. His theatre, which he opened in 2006, drew criticism from some Palestinians who viewed it as a threat to their traditions.
Mer-Khamis starred in several Israeli films as well as the 1984 U.S. film The Little Drummer Girl.