The United States on Tuesday condemned the terror attack at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank in which 31-year-old Israeli Evyatar Borovsky was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist.
State Department Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell also condemned rioting and attacks by settlers which came in response to the terror attack.
Speaking at a State Department briefing, Ventrell stated, "The United States strongly condemns today’s terror attack against an Israeli citizen in the West Bank which resulted in the murder of that individual. We express our sincere condolences to his family. We also strongly condemn the reported acts of reprisal, including the attack at the Al-Rabat mosque in Urif village near Nablus, and we call upon all parties to take steps to restore calm and avoid the potential for further escalation."
Borovsky, a father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar was stabbed to death in a terror
attack at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria on Tuesday morning, in the first lethal
terror attack in the West Bank since 2011.
Following the murder, settlers
rioted and attacked both Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the West
The Palestinian terrorist, Salam Azal, came up from behind the
victim, Evyatar Borovsky, stabbed him in the chest and stomach, and stole his
firearm. A Border Police officer who witnessed the attack opened fire on the
terrorist and moderately wounded him. He was taken from the scene to Beilinson
Medical Center in Petah Tikva for treatment, while Borovsky was treated at the
scene but died of his wounds.
Capt. Barak Raz of the IDF’s Judea and
Samaria Division told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that it had been more than a
year since an Israeli was killed by terrorism in the West Bank, despite some
violent incidents – including a rock-throwing attack on an Israeli vehicle that
critically wounded three-year-old Adele Biton, who is still fighting for her
life in a hospital.
“This reminds us that even in times of relative calm,
the alertness and quick response by security forces is very necessary. We are
working 24 hours a day to maintain this stability,” he added.
the attack, Col. Yoav Yarom, head of the Samaria Regional Brigade, and
Brig.-Gen. Tamir Yadai, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, arrived on
the scene to oversee the investigation.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
responded to the attack on Tuesday, saying, “I would also like to express my
condolences and those of the entire country to the family of Evyatar Borovsky.
The terrorist who perpetrated the murder has been captured, and we will continue
to act on this front as well in order to defend our citizens.”
from the village of Shuka, near Tulkarm in the West Bank. He was released six
months ago from an Israeli prison after serving a sentence for
Terror victim Evyatar Borovsky
His brother is reportedly serving a sentence in a
Palestinian Authority jail for charges of collaborating with Israel, and there
is some suspicion that Azal carried out the attack to clear the family’s name in
the wake of his brother’s conviction.
Shortly after the attack, violence
broke out between settlers and Palestinians, and between settlers and soldiers
in a number of spots near Yitzhar.
Outside the entrance to the
settlement, settlers threw rocks at soldiers and burned tires, while near the
Palestinian village of Urif, some 50 settlers clashed with 100 Palestinians in
an incident that included rock-throwing by both sides.
Other clashes broke
out between settlers and Palestinians near the village of Ein Abus.
the Yitzhar Junction, near the village of Harawa, 40 settlers threw rocks at
cars and at a bus carrying children, according to the IDF. The bus driver was
lightly wounded, and two children suffered from shock, according to the
Settlers also lit a fire at the junction, which the IDF
Idan Iluz, a spokesman for the Border Police, said that 10
settlers – both minors and adults – had been arrested during the rioting, with
some accused of torching fields, blocking roads and throwing rocks, including at
Israeli security forces.
He did not know how many Palestinians were hurt
in the rioting, but reports in the media stated that a number were wounded by
On Tuesday evening, settlers also held a small
demonstration at the Tapuah Junction, where they called on the government and
the IDF to take steps to prevent further attacks like the one that took
Avraham Benyamin, the spokesman for Yitzhar, said
Tuesday that Borovsky was a native of Kfar Hassidim who had been living in
Yitzhar with his wife and five children for five years.
Borovsky had been a stage actor in a number of performance troupes and served on
Yitzhar’s security team.
In response to the murder, Benyamin said on
behalf of the settlement that “the writing was on the wall, written in blood.
This murder was a direct refusal of the government’s leniency toward
rock-throwing terrorism and the continued increase in terror attacks against Jews
across Judea and Samaria.”
He added that the settlement 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.”