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Israeli Settler Evyatar Borovsky Killed by Palestinian in Occupied West Bank

April 30, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Israel/Palestine with 0 Comments

A Palestinian man allegedly attacked and killed an Israeli settler in the northern part of the occupied West Bank on Tuesday morning.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Evyatar Borovsky, a 32-year-old father of five from the illegal Israeli settler colony of Yitzhar, was attacked by an unidentified Palestinian as he stood at a popular hitchhiking spot. Israeli police say the assailant stabbed Borovsky before taking the victim’s gun and shooting him to death with it. After killing Borovsky, the Palestinian allegedly shot at arriving security personnel before being shot, captured and taken into police custody for medical treatment and interrogation.

Borovsky is the first Israeli settler killed in the occupied West Bank since 2011, when a couple and their three children were stabbed to death in their home in the illegal Itamar colony. Nine Palestinians have been killed so far this year by Israeli occupation forces, including an unarmed woman and several unarmed teenagers.Two teenagers were allegedly executed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

Avraham Benyamin, a spokesman for the Yitzhar colony, told the Jerusalem Post that the attack on Borovsky demands a “painful and serious response to erase the shame of this incident and in order to show the residents that their lives are not worthless.”

Yitzhar, which is located just south of the West Bank city of Nablus, is an illegal settler colony of around 900 inhabitants built on land seized from the Palestinians in 1967. Such settlements exist in direct contravention of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that “the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies.”

Israeli colonists from Yitzhar have a reputation for militant extremism and engage in regular clashes not only with the Palestinians who they’ve displaced, but also with Israeli forces sent in to deal with illegal settler construction. After a Palestinian infiltrated Yitzhar and wounded a 9-year-old boy in 2008, residents of the colony rampaged through the nearby Palestinian village of Asira al-Kabaliya, indiscriminately shooting people and destroying property.

Settler colonists from Yitzhar, often backed by Israeli troops, have also attacked school children in the town of Urif, destroyed olive trees that provide the livelihoods of Palestinians in Nablus and attacked and terrorized homes in the village of Burin.

Although Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is illegal under international law and has been condemned by dozens of United Nations resolutions, the Israeli government does not acknowledge these facts. Israeli claims to the West Bank are based in large part on the belief that a supernatural deity, ‘God,’ promised the Jews– ‘His’ “chosen people”– Palestine, which was the site of numerous Jewish kingdoms in ancient times.

Zionists believe that Jews have a legitimate claim to all of Palestine despite the fact that they made up less than 10 percent of the territory’s population there from ancient times until well into the 20th century.

In reasserting their claims to their ancient homeland, Zionist colonists from Europe, many of them fleeing anti-Semitic pogroms and, later, the horrors of Hitler’s Holocaust, carried out their own campaign of terrorism and ethnic cleansing during which more than 700,000 Arabs were expelled from Palestine in 1948-49, with another 200,000 forced out after Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights in a 1967 war.

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