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There was a disturbing incident yesterday at the Za’tara / Tappuah checkpoint that we use to travel to our placement in Yanoun. A settler was shot and killed.
The news reported that, in a long lineup of cars trying to pass through the checkpoint, an Israeli settler from the Yitzhar Settlement became angry at the holdup. He is said to have approached a Palestinian driver, swore and then spit on him, came around the car and reached inside the vehicle to punch the man. The Palestinian grabbed a fruit knife and stabbed the settler, wrestled with him, got the settler’s gun and shot him at close range. The settler died. The military at the checkpoint then wounded the shooter and took him into custody. Within a very short time settlers started attacking Palestinian targets, including schools, a mosque, schoolbuses transporting girls, and Palestinian cars.
In the case of Yanoun, the whole team stayed in the placement for the day, did three walks and significant time in Lower Yanoun as a protective presence. We cancelled our planned trips to villages. Due to road closures throughout the region, we could not respond to an urgent call from the headmaster of the school in the village of Urif that was being attacked by settlers.