Palestinian stabs Israeli to death in West Bank

Attacker shot after opening fire on police at Tapuah junction; government must ‘get with the program,’ settler leader says

An Israeli was killed Tuesday morning after he was stabbed multiple times by a Palestinian man at the Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank.

The attacker stabbed the Israeli, grabbed his weapon, and according to some accounts shot him at close range.

He then fired at nearby border police, who returned fire and succeeded in subduing him.

The victim was declared dead at the scene after MDA paramedics’ resuscitation efforts failed. He was later named as Evyatar Borowsky, 32, a father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar.

The attacker was evacuated to Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva in moderate condition.

Military spokesman Capt. Barak Raz said Palestinian rock-throwing and firebomb attacks were on the rise in the West Bank but deadly attacks like Tuesday’s were on the decline.

Raz said an investigation was under way to determine whether the attacker on Tuesday acted alone or belonged to a terror group.

Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika condemned the attack and blamed it on Israeli government policy and a lack of vigilance among security forces.

“This despicable murder is a direct result of the impotence in the face of rock-throwing, the removal of roadblocks, and the continued treatment of terror attacks as ‘disorderly conduct,'” Mesika said at the scene of the attack.

Evyatar Borowsky, the victim of Tuesday's stabbing at Tapuah junction (photo credit: courtesy)
Evyatar Borowsky, the victim of Tuesday’s stabbing at Tapuah junction (photo credit: courtesy)

“The IDF and security establishment must internalize the fact that terror kills. The government has to get with the program and acknowledge that terrorism is terrorism,” he added.

The attacker was released from prison less than six months ago after serving a three-year sentence for throwing stones, Ynet reported. He hails from a village near Tulkarem and his brother was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel on Monday, the report said.

Near Nablus, settlers attacked a Palestinian schoolbus with rocks in retaliation for the stabbing. Khalil Assaf, a resident of Nablus, told The Times of Israel that several girls were injured in the attack.

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The Tapuah junction, near the city of Ariel, has seen several attacks against settlers and IDF soldiers in recent years.

In January, a Palestinian man stabbed a teenager there.

Last May, Border Police arrested five Palestinians in the area over a period of several weeks, seizing at least 11 pipe bombs and five Molotov cocktails, as well as a makeshift pistol and ammunition.

In February 2010, an IDF soldier was stabbed to death at the junction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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