An Israeli civilian, Evyatar Borovsky, a father of 5 and a resident of Yitzhar in the Shomron, was murdered today by a Palestinian terrorist associated with the “moderate” Fatah organization:
A Palestinian terrorist killed a 31-year-old resident of Yitzhar on Tuesday morning at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria. The victim, named as father of five Evyatar Borovsky, was the first Israeli to be killed in a terror attack in Judea and Samaria since 2011.
A preliminary investigation of the incident suggested that the terrorist, a resident of Tulkarem, arrived at the junction armed with a knife. He stabbed the victim, who was waiting at a hitchhiking stop, several times in the chest, and grabbed his handgun. He then opened fire at a nearby Border Police patrol and subsequently tried to flee, but the police officers returned fire and subdued him. According to a Border Police spokesman, the perpetrator had run into a roadblock, preventing him from causing more damage with the stolen gun.
The perpetrator sustained moderate wounds in the exchange of fire.
An emergency medical team was dispatched, and provided emergency care to Borovsky, who sustained critical stab wounds. Resuscitation efforts failed and he was declared dead at the scene. The terrorist was evacuated to a hospital in Petach Tikva for further medical attention.
According to media reports, the terrorist had been released from an Israeli prison, where he served a three-year sentence for throwing rocks, less than six months ago. The terrorist’s brother, who is currently jailed in the Palestinian Authority, faced trial on Sunday for allegedly cooperating with Israel. Speculation has been raised that the terrorist may have committed the attack in order to restore his family’s honor.
The Yesha Council chairman had pointed and incisive words about the incident:
Avi Roeh, the chairman of the Yesha Council, said, “The terror attack this morning is a direct continuation of the incitement within the Palestinian Authority and the forgiving [Israeli] attitude toward rock-throwing attacks. All the talk about ‘goodwill gestures’ and the release of [Palestinian] prisoners is also motivating the murderers. We demand an urgent meeting with the defense minister on the issue of overcoming terror and exercising an iron fist to combat the rock throwing attacks and the murderers.”
Later Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces troops raided the home of the perpetrator, named as Salam Za’al, Israeli media reported.
Not only rock-throwing kills. Rock throwers kill too.
Compare the miserable record of the terrorist murderer with the wonderful person that Evyatar Borovsky Hy’d was, and whose life was so brutally taken:
Evyatar “Napo” Borovsky, who was attacked from behind and stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist, was a popular actor. He was a member of the Ar El Group, which performs in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and throughout Israel.
Napo, as he was known by his colleagues and friends, participated in therapeutic psychodrama, which incorporates role-playing and improvisation in an effort to enable others to overcome traumatic experiences.
The Ar El group also engages in playback theater and experimental improvisation.
Borovsky starred in a children’s production titled, “How Many Times Have I Told You That…” which espoused a humorous view of parenthood, as well as the popular Israeli Latma political satire program.
His funeral was attended by hundreds of mourners, as reported by Arutz Sheva.
Fatah party representatives praised as a hero a Palestinian attacker who stabbed an Israeli to death at a West Bank junction on Tuesday.
The organization posted pictures from the scene of the attack on its official Facebook page, accompanying each image with a caption boasting of the stabber’s “success.” Officials also expressed hope that he would be quickly released from prison.
The settler who was killed today at al-Za’atara south of Nablus by the released prisoner hero Salam As’ad Zaghal from the city of Tulkarem,” read a caption beneath a picture of Evyatar Borowsky, a 31-year-old father of five who was stabbed to death by Zaghal earlier Tuesday at Tapuah junction.
Another photograph on the group’s Facebook page showed a portrait of Zaghal with an illustration of an AK-47 rifle beneath his head. “Peace be with you the day of your birth, on the day of your imprisonment and on the day of your freedom,” the caption wished the terrorist.
Zaghal was released from Israeli prison last month after serving a three-year term for throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, as well as other criminal offenses. Israeli security officials estimated that Zaghal’s attack may have been carried out in order to establish his credentials as a loyal Palestinian, after his brother was tried by a Palestinian Authority court Monday for allegedly collaborating with Israel.
The terror victims’ association Almagor had similar reproving remarks about the lax attitude towards rock-throwers leading to a greater confidence amongst other terrorists:
Following the deadly attack, the Israeli Almagor Terror Victims Association called on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to restate Israel’s defense policy in the West Bank and issue explicit orders to open fire on rock-throwing Palestinians.
“Central Command is responding to a wholesale ‘intifada’ by the Palestinians with the tools of low-intensity warfare,” Almagor CEO Meir Indor stated. “The terrorist was able to get to and murder Evyatar Borovski at an Egged bus stop solely because of soldiers’ orders to ‘go easy’ on rock throwers and let them move around freely.”
One place where the IDF does retain some deterrence is in Gaza, where in an unconnected event today, an IAF airstrike killed a jihadi terrorist linked to the recent rocket fire on Eilat:
The IAF launched an air strike on a terrorist on Tuesday, killing a figure who was associated with the global jihadi movement and whom security forces have linked to last month’s rocket attack on Eilat.
The air strike was the first of its kind since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.
Security forces have named the targeted man as 24-year-old Hitham Mashal, a resident of northern Gaza. Mashal was active in multiple Salafi-jihadi organizations, and was a weapons expert linked to last month’s twin rocket attack on Eilat, security forces said.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF jointly carried out Tuesday’s air strike, which occurred at 10 a.m.
“Mashal dealt in the manufacturing, upgrading and trade of firearms, particularly rockets and bombs, which he delivered to various terror organizations for profit, and to promote terrorism against the IDF and Israeli civilians,” the Shin Bet added.
Mashal provided arms to the Ashura Council of Holy Fighters in the Environs of Jerusalem, a global jihadi organization that fired rockets on Eilat and at the western Negev earlier this month.
“Mashal was involved in promoting and carrying out [the Eilat] attack,” the Shin Bet said. “His activity was known to Hamas, which refrained from stopping him.”
The targeted air strike was designed to thwart future attacks from Gaza and Sinai – attacks that are in the planning stages.
The Defence Minister and the IDF should consider returning to similar deterrent strikes in the Shomron too. Perhaps the nascent Third Intifada will be nipped in the bud.