Settlers plan outpost in memory of terror victim

Head of regional council sets up office on hilltop overlooking junction where Evyatar Borowsky was stabbed to death

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Two days after the murder of an Israeli in the West Bank, the local regional council has called for the establishment of a settlement in his memory.

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, set up his office in a tent on a hill overlooking the scene of the attack on Evyatar Borowsky, 31, Maariv reported on Thursday. Council sources said that Mesika intends to continue his daily work at the location, where a large sign pronounces the name of the site as “Evyatar.”

Borowsky, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was stabbed to death on Tuesday by Salam As’ad Zaghal at the Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank as he waited at a bus stop. Zaghal also grabbed Borowsky’s gun and opened fire on border police at an adjacent checkpoint. The police returned fire, wounding Zaghal before apprehending him. He was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

Palestinians and Jewish settlers clashed in and around the northern West Bank village of Bitilu on Tuesday night in ongoing violence that followed the fatal stabbing.

Palestinians threw stones at Israelis near the village, while a group of settlers entered the village during the night and sprayed the slogan “price tag” on a house, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

The exchanges prompted a confrontation between dozens of Palestinians and settlers, and security forces arrived to quell the riot. One settler was lightly injured, the report said.

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