Three killed in West Bank gun at­tack

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

TWO IS­RAELI se­cu­rity guards and a po­lice­man were killed when a Pales­tinian man opened fire at a West Bank check­point on Tues­day morn­ing.

A fourth Is­raeli, re­ported to be a se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tor, was se­ri­ously in­jured in the at­tack out­side the set­tle­ment of Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem.

The gun­man was iden­ti­fied as Nimr Ja­mal, who held an Is­raeli work per­mit and lived in a neigh­bour­ing Pales­tinian vil­lage with his wife and four chil­dren. He was shot and killed. A state­ment by Is­raeli po­lice said Ja­mal “aroused the sus­pi­cion of se­cu­rity per­son­nel” at the check­point to en­ter the set­tle­ment.

He then “raised his shirt, pulled out a pis­tol and shot… from close range.”

Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties named the fallen po­lice of­fi­cer as 20-year-old Solomon Gabariya. Yussef Ut­man and Or Ar­ish, both 25, were the se­cu­rity guards who died.

The at­tack put the spot­light on a pol­icy that Is­raeli de­fence of­fi­cials be­lieve has kept vi­o­lence at a rel­a­tively low level for the past two years. Cross­ings be­tween the West Bank and Is­rael were kept open when a fresh in­tifada was de­clared in Septem­ber 2015, al­low­ing more than 50 thou­sand Pales­tini­ans to en­ter Is­rael and a fur­ther 20 thou­sand to en­ter West Bank set­tle­ments for work ev­ery day.

The pol­icy pro­vided a ma­jor source of in­come for the Pales­tinian econ­omy and pre­vented vi­o­lence from spread­ing to wider parts of so­ci­ety, caus­ing it to ebb away within months.

Se­cu­rity chiefs have in­di­cated they con­sider Tues­day’s in­ci­dent an iso­lated case. Out of 400 at­tacks over the last two years, Ja­mal is only the sec­ond at­tacker who held an Is­raeli work per­mit.

Rather than a change in pol­icy, the IDF and Shin Bet are in fact rec­om­mend­ing the gov­ern­ment au­tho­rise tens of thou­sands of more per­mits.

“We will have to ex­am­ine why Ja­mal, who was mo­ti­vated by per­sonal is­sues and saw be­com­ing a mar­tyr a way out, man­aged to do what he did,” one se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said.

“But our strat­egy, of giv­ing the Pales­tini­ans somewthing to lose, has still proven it­self.”


Mourn­ers at border po­lice­man Solomon Gabariya’s funeral on Tues­day

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