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Mer Khamis said he had planned to stage “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” a satire of armed resistance, but shelved the idea after someone smashed the window of his car. The shooting took place about 50 yards (meters) from the theater.

Mer Khamis opened his theater along with Zakariya Zubeidi, who had been one of his mother’s former pupils before becoming a militant commander in the refugee camp.

“I used to do this work before the uprising with six of my comrades,” Zubeidi told the AP in 2008. “All of them were killed.”

On Monday, Israel’s Channel 2 TV showed footage of a pool of blood on the asphalt next to the actor’s red car. The killing led Israeli news broadcasts.

A Palestinian ambulance took the actor’s body to a nearby checkpoint to be transferred into Israel.

Jenin governor Qadura Moussa called Mer Khamis a “great supporter of the Palestinian people.” He said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told him to bring those responsible for his death to justice.