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Israel settler shot and killed near his illegal outpost in Nablus region

Settlers march through the streets of occupied East Jerusalem on 31 July, 2017 [Muhammad Smiry/Twitter]
Settlers march through the streets of occupied East Jerusalem on 31 July, 2017 [Muhammad Smiry/Twitter]

An Israeli settler was shot and killed last night in the Nablus region of the occupied West Bank.

According to reports, shots were fired from a passing car as the settler, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, was driving near to the illegal outpost Havat Gilad where he was a resident.

Following the shooting, Israeli occupation forces carried out raids in nearby Palestinian villages and imposed blanket movement restrictions on residents.

The dead man’s family intend to bury him at Havat Gilad, without official permission, while settler leaders have urged Israeli authorities to retroactively legalise the status of the outpost.

Havat Gilad was established in 2002, and is considered illegal even under Israeli law. Its residents have a long history of attacks on Palestinians and their property, and even violent confrontations with Israeli soldiers. All Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law.

Read: Israel settler who killed Palestinian farmer acted in ‘self-defence’

While no faction has claimed responsibility for the shooting, Gaza-based spokesperson for Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Obeida, wrote on his Twitter account: “The attack is a first practical response with fire to remind the leaders of the enemy that what you are afraid of is coming.”

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum, meanwhile, described the shooting as “a result of the Zionist occupation violations and a respond to its crimes against our people in the West Bank.”

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  • Vinegar Hill

    The settlements are illegal and are encouraged by the Israeli government. Israel, therfore, is to blame for the death of this illegal colonial settler.

  • kirby1

    The deadly terrorist attack took the life of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, the father of six who was murdered in the drive-by shooting on Route 60.

    Hananel Dorani said following the attack that “full and direct responsibility lies with the Palestinian Authority, which gives life to this terrorism and pays terrorists.”

    Palestinian Authority payments to terrorist who carried out attacks against Israelis, adding up to $347 million in 2017.

    The average income of a Palestinian is $580 per month, which is what the PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to three to five years in prison.

    The PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to 20 years or more in prison – in other words, those who committed more severe crimes, and likely were involved in killing Israelis – five times that each month for the rest of their lives.

    Terrorists who are Israeli citizens receive a $145 bonus, which, when added to the amount PA pays for the most severe crimes, comes to over $2,900 a month, more than the average Israeli income of around $2,700. There are also increases in pay for being married and for each child a terrorist has.

    This money supporting these terrorist is from our US tax dollars being illegaly diverted by the PA. This has to stop.

  • kirby1

    US Ambassador David Friedman said in a tweet Wednesday that those wondering why there is no peace should look no further than Tuesday nights murder of Raziel Shevach and the Palestinian reaction to it.

    “An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “Look no further to why there is no peace. Praying for the bereaved Shevach family.”

  • Aen RaBeon

    Good riddance! Ariel Sharon got another partner in hellfire. Less one terrorist to be engaged.