Israeli settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank


JERUSALEM – A Palestinian was killed near a settlement in the West Bank on Saturday night, and some 150 settler attacks targeted Palestinians across the occupied territories, according to Palestinian media.

The Israeli military said the Palestinian man killed Saturday night was seen outside Kedumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank, “armed with a handgun… and neutralized by the community’s civil security team.” Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, named the man as Karam Ali Salman, 18, from the village of Qusin, near the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank. The report stated that he was shot dead by an armed Israeli settler in “unclear” circumstances.

Another Palestinian, Omar Tareq Al-Saadi, 24, also died on Sunday of the injuries he sustained Thursday During an Israeli military attack on the Jenin camp, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The early morning raid killed nine more Palestinians and was the deadliest operation in two decades, according to Palestinian officials.

Wafaa said At least 144 attacks by Israeli settlers were reported Saturday across the West Bank, occupied territory that Palestinians envision as part of their future state. In Masafer Yatta, in the south of the country, settlers assaulted a Palestinian citizen. in two villages near Ramallah, Masked attackers burned a house and a car and threw stones. In Nablus, the settlers uprooted about 200 trees. Outside the northern village of Aqraba, dozens of settlers set up a new unauthorized outpost, then attacked Palestinian landowners who arrived at the scene and injured a paramedic who came to help the injured, according to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization. The report added that the Israeli army did not intervene.

Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian official, said that there has been an “unprecedented increase in the frequency of terrorist attacks against Palestinian citizens and their property.”

The Israeli security forces closed early Sunday morning the home of the Palestinian suspect’s family In a shooting that killed seven people outside a synagogue In East Jerusalem on Friday night. The authorities promised to demolish the house soon.

At an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Our response will be strong, swift and precise. Whoever tries to harm us, we will harm them and anyone who helps them.”

Israeli police said they arrested at least 42 people in connection with Friday’s shootings, including members of the suspect’s immediate family, as they beefed up forces across East Jerusalem and the West Bank in anticipation of more violence.

On Saturday, a second attack took place in an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem outside the walls of the Old City, when a 13-year-old Palestinian from a nearby neighborhood shot and wounded two Israelis. The occupation police said that an armed civilian arrested the boy at the scene.

Netanyahu’s new government is the most right-wing in Israel’s history, made up of an alliance of settler activists and ultra-nationalists who say past measures to confront Palestinian violence were not strong enough.

On Saturday, Israeli authorities announced new proposals to combat terrorism, more support for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, and an easing of restrictions on civilian gun ownership — without ordering retaliatory military strikes.

In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir demanded that, in exchange for the killing of the seven on Friday, the government authorize, within seven days, seven illegal settlements in the West Bank, according to Israeli Channel 12 news.

Israeli raids in the West Bank have escalated dramatically over the past year, making 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians there since the United Nations began systematically tracking the death toll in 2005. After the Jenin raid, the number of Palestinian deaths this year has risen to no less than About 30, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The violence coincides with pre-arranged visits to the region by US officials who have been warning for weeks of an escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s scheduled visit on Monday and Tuesday will include meetings with Netanyahu in Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, and the State Department. He said.

Administration officials scrambled to figure out how to avoid direct engagement with far-right Israeli ministers, including Ben Gvir — who was convicted several times of inciting hatred against Arabs and who rose from political periphery to minister of national security with promises to apply the death penalty to Palestinian terrorists and enable Israeli soldiers to launch Fire on Palestinian stone throwers.

Ben Gvir announced the counterterrorism measures on Saturday. It is in line with previous Israeli reactions to Palestinian attacks and has been which human rights groups criticize as “collective punishment”.

Late Saturday, a small crowd of Israeli protesters gathered near an intersection leading into a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. One of the young men said they wanted to “tell the terrorists we are here.”

As they began to surround a car, the policemen yelled at the driver, who appeared to be a Palestinian, to roll up his window and keep moving. The police then pushed the crowd away as they banged on the car. A man held a sign in Hebrew that read “Revenge!”

Aira Blumberg, 66, a plumber from the nearby settlement of Ma’ale Adumim who took part in the demonstration, said anyone who supported the Palestinian attackers, including family members, should be deported.

“I think they should be given a one-way ticket out of Israel,” he said.

Netanyahu said he and Likud lawmakers would rein far-right members of his coalition.

But Ben Gvir is under pressure from his base to do more. When he visited the scene of the shooting on Friday, residents yelled at him, “This happened on your watch! What are you going to do?”

After the cabinet meeting on Saturday, he hailed the swift preparations to demolish the house of the suspected gunman, saying that “the speed of the seal sends a message to the enemy.”

Among the victims of Friday’s shooting attack near the synagogue was Asher Natan, 14, who was buried on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives late Saturday night.

A married couple in their 40s, Eli and Natalie Mizrahi, were also killed and buried side by side early Sunday in a hilltop cemetery in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh.

After hearing gunshots in the street, Eli’s father, Shimon, told reporters that after hearing gunshots in the street, they left their Friday night dinner and went to help.

During the funeral, many mourners said their deaths were part of a larger divine plan for Israel. One of the mourners read from the Bible and said, “Of course, anyone who was killed in the name of God, and of course if he was killed by the Philistines, it was in the name of God, then there is a purpose in that terrible tragedy.”

said Israeli Economy Minister Nir Barkat, who in his previous position as mayor of Jerusalem called on residents to take up arms during the “knife intifada” of 2015-2016, which was marked by a wave of Palestinian stabbings.

He was interrupted by Eli Mizrahi’s sister, who shouted: “Get out of here. You’re talking like that because there’s media here. You’re putting on a show!”

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Khairi Alqam, a 21-year-old Palestinian from the Al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, according to Israeli and Palestinian media. Alqam was named after his grandfather who was stabbed to death in 1998, by a Jewish attacker, the Israeli news website claims. Ynet mentioned. Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack Chaim Perelmana member of the Kahane Chai Anti-Arab Violence Movement, who was arrested for a month in 2010. After his release, security forces prevented Perelman from contacting several right-wing activists, including Ben Gvir, a former Kahanist.

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