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Shooting attack at illegal settlement leaves Palestinian, 3 Israelis dead

Sept. 26, 2017 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2017 3:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian on Tuesday morning after the 37-year-old carried out a shooting attack at the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Adar in the occupied West Bank, killing two security guards and a border police officer.

According to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, the attack was carried out by a Palestinian from the village of Beit Surik in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district, later identified as Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal.

Luba al-Samri, the Arabic spokesperson for the Israeli police, added that Jamal had arrived at the settlement along with a group of Palestinian workers. When Palestinians began entering the Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the settlement, Israeli police forces asked him to stop after becoming suspicious of the Palestinian, who then exposed a gun and shot at the officers.

After an exchange of fire, Jamal was shot dead, while three of the officers were killed. Another Israeli, the security coordinator of the settlement, was also seriously injured at the time. Rosenfeld confirmed that the slain Palestinian was a holder of an Israeli work permit.
Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal

Al-Samri noted that the Israeli officer killed was 20-year-old Soloman Gabariya. Israeli police closed off the area near the settlement following the attack. Israeli daily Harretz identified the two security guards as Yussef Utman, a resident of Abu Gosh village near Jerusalem, and Or Arish, 25, from Har Adar.

According to Ma'an documentation, Jamal became the 56th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year during attacks, alleged attacks, in clashes, or during deadly detention raids.

Since the beginning of 2017, 16 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or Israelis living on Israeli settlements in violation of international law.

Palestinians have often cited the daily frustrations and routine Israeli military violence imposed by Israel's nearly half century occupation of the Palestinian territory as main drivers for actual political attacks on Israelis.

Following the attack, Husam Badran, spokesperson for the Hamas movement, released a statement calling the attack “heroic,” adding that the attack was a sign that the intifada was continuing -- referring to the uptick of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel which first broke out two years ago.

“The resistance is aimed at ending the occupation and (Israel’s) occupation of Palestinian land,” he said in the statement. Palestinians “will continue by all means of liberation and resistance, no matter how much sacrifice,” he added.

Meanwhile, Munir al-Jaghoub, a Fatah official, also released a statement, saying that “Israel alone is responsible for Palestinian reactions to the crimes of the occupation, and if it continues its aggressions against the Palestinian people.”

He added that Israel “must be well aware of the consequences of its continued push towards violence, the policy of house demolitions, the forced displacement of Jerusalemites, and the successive incursions of settlers to Al Aqsa Mosque compound.”

Al-Jaghoub said that if Israelis believed in peace they would end “the violence and daily humiliation of Palestinians” and cease its routine violation of international laws and agreements, which has led to the continuation of illegal Israeli settlement expansions on Palestinian territory.
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