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Shooting attack at illegal settlement leaves Palestinian, 3 Israelis dead

08:00 Sep 26 2017 at entrance to Israel's Har Adar settlement

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Nimir Mahmoud Jamal, 37. Published by IMEMC News
Staff Sergeant Solomon Gabrieh. Published by IMEMC News
Yousef Othman. Published by IMEMC News
Scene. Published by IMEMC News
Israeli papers. Published by IMEMC News

1st Sgt. Solomon Gabariya (L), Youssef Ottman and Or Arish. Published by Haaretz
Security forces at the site of the shooting attack. Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP, Published by Haaretz
Israeli soldiers arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS. Published by Haaretz

Map. Published by Haaretz
Nimbi Jamal FB Post. Screenshot. Published by Haaretz
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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.
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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by IMEMC News

Updated: In the Israeli settlement colony of Har Adar Tuesday morning, a gunman allegedly opened fire on a group of Israeli Border Police, and armed security guards, killing three and wounding a fourth.

The attacker was then shot and killed by the remaining Israeli border guards at the entrance to the settlement colony.

The Palestinian was later identified as Nimir Mahmoud Jamal, 37, a father of four children, from Beit Surik village, northwest of Jerusalem.

Israeli Ynet News has reported that the three Israelis are members of the “Israeli Security Forces, a border Policeman and two civilian security guards.”

Two of them, were later identified as Staff Sergeant Solomon Gabrieh, 20, from Be’er Yaakov town, and a security guard identified as Yousef Othman from Abu Ghosh, northwest of Jerusalem.

Israeli daily Haaretz said that , the security coordinator of Har Adar, sustained serious injuries.

According to Israeli sources, the gunman arrived with a group of Palestinian workers to the back entrance of the colony early in the morning.

When he was stopped by the Border Police, he pulled out a gun that he had hidden under his shirt and began firing, killing three.

The representative of the armed wing of the Hamas party, the al-Qassam Brigades, issued a statement in support of the attack, saying, “the attack in the Jerusalem area is a new chapter in the Al-Quds Intifada proving that all attempts to Judaize the city will not change the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city.”

It should be noted that the settlement colony of Har Adar is a Jewish-only colony constructed on land illegally seized from the Palestinian village of Beit Surik, where the alleged attacker was from.

In the news reports of the incident on several Israeli news sites, differing accounts were published in English and in Hebrew.

The killed were identified as ‘Israelis’ in the English version of the story, while in the Hebrew version, the headlines made clear they were armed guards.

Later, some agencies changed the identification of the slain Israelis, defining them as two security officers and a border policeman, or as “three members of the security forces.”
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Three Israelis Killed in Terrorist Attack in West Bank Settlement

Border Police officer and two security guards shot dead by Palestinian with work permit ■ Another Israeli sustains serious injuries ■ Attacker shot dead, his brother arrested ■ Hamas: New chapter in intifada

by Yotam Berger, Amos Harel, Jack Khoury and Nir Hasson for Haaretz
Sep 26, 2017 5:38 PM

A Border Police officer and two Israeli security guards were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank settlement of Har Adar, near Jerusalem, on Tuesday morning. Another Israeli, the security coordinator of Har Adar, sustained serious injuries. The 37-year-old Palestinian attacker was shot dead. 

The Israeli army arrested three Palestinians in the West Bank village of Beit Sourik in connection to the attack. Local residents told Haaretz the assailant's brother was also arrested.

The officer killed was named as First Sgt. Solomon Gabariya, 20, from Beer Yaakov. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother. The security guards killed were identified as Youssef Ottman, a resident of the village of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, and Or Arish, 25, from Har Adar.  

An initial investigation indicates that the assailant, Namir Mahmoud, arrived with a group of Palestinian workers at the back entrance to the settlement. Border Police officers who deemed Mahmoud suspicous asked him to stop, at which point he pulled out a gun from under his shirt and opened fire. Security personnel shot back, killing the attacker.

In response, Hamas spokesman Hazzam Qassam said that "the terror attack in the Jerusalem area is a new chapter in the Al-Quds intifada that proved all attempt to Judaize the city will not change the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city, whose residents and tourists will redeem in blood or life."

Mahmoud, a father of four, is a resident of the Beit Surik village in the northern West Bank who had a permit to work in settlements. The IDF imposed a closure on the village following the attack, and resident will be allowed to leave only on humanitarian grounds.
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