Archive for the ‘the West Bank’ tag
An Israeli citizen was killed and three more injured following an incident in which soldiers fired at an Israeli car in the South Hebron Hills. Rabbi Dan Mertzbach was on his way to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs when he was shot dead. The soldiers signaled for the car to stop, and after Mr. Mertzbach failed to do so one of the soldiers fired eight bullets at him. According to a senior source in the IDF’s Central Command, following the shooting the soldier ran towards the car and was hit by a Palestinian truck. According to the IDF’s rules of engagement for the West Bank, shooting at a moving vehicle is forbidden.
According to Palestinians from the village of Beit-Umar near Gush-Etzion, Jews cut down fruit trees in plantations in the village area, for the third time in two weeks.
An Palestinian olive grove near the settlement Kedumim in the West Bank was uprooted.
Speaker of the Knesset, MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud), said during a visit to the settlement of Itamar, that he believed that “the Land of Israel is entirely ours,” and that peace will come only ”when our neighbors will be willing to let us live in the entire country together (with them).”
At a meeting of the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu [our land of Israel] movement with representatives of Noar Hagvaot [hilltop youths], a decision was taken to start a campaign against the Shas party, because it has decided to abstain in a vote about the construction freeze in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Meeting participants said that the Shas leaders were “engaged in acts of treason” and that “there is a duty to protest against them.” Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolfa said at the meeting that “we’ve got to remind the Shas people and the ones responsible for handing over territories that there are laws and there are judges, and that they will pay for this crime.” (Hebrew)