West Bank: Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in Hebron Jewish settlement

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  May 26, 2023

Israeli media say 28-year-old was shot dead for carrying a knife, although there are no reports of Israelis being hurt.

Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire on Friday morning in a settlement south of Hebron/Al-Khalil city in the occupied West Bank.

Alaa Khalil Qaysieh, 28, was shot dead in Teneh Omarim, an Israeli settlement built on the lands of Al-Dhahiriya town in Hebron/Al-Khalil governorate, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The Israeli military alleged Qaysieh crawled under an unguarded iron gate to enter the settlement and was carrying a knife. 

A member of the settlement’s armed guards shot him dead, claiming he attempted to stab a settler near a synagogue, Ynet reported.

No Israelis were hurt.

The Palestinian ministry of health later said it was informed of Qaysieh’s death by the Israeli authorities.  

Teneh Omarim was established in 1983 and houses almost 1,000 settlers, heavily guarded by the Israeli military. 

Nearly 700,000 Jewish settlers live in more than 250 Jewish settlements and outposts across the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law.

At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank so far this year, with another 34 killed in Gaza. A total of 18 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians over the same period.

Earlier this week, the Israeli army conducted a large-scale operation in a refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, killing three Palestinians and wounding six others.



Israeli military: Palestinian man killed after alleged stabbing attempt in West Bank Jewish settlement

AP  /  May 26, 2023

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian man was shot and killed on Friday after infiltrating a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said.

In a statement, the military said the man tried to stab a resident in the Tene Omarim Jewish settlement and was shot by an armed civilian. It said the infiltration had set off an alarm and soldiers were scanning the area.

The Palestinian Health ministry confirmed the death but gave no further details.

The settlement is located near Hebron/Al-Khalil, a flashpoint city in the southern West Bank that is a frequent site of friction between Palestinian residents and Jewish settlers.

The incident occurred as Jews were celebrating Shavuot, a festival marking the day that Jews believe the Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai in Egypt.

It was the latest in more than a year-long spate of violence in the West Bank.

During that time, Israel has expanded near-nightly military raids throughout the area in response to an increase in Palestinian attacks.

At least 113 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this year, with nearly half of them members of armed militant groups, according to an Associated Press tally. But stone-throwing youths and people uninvolved in violence have also been killed. The Israeli army said the number of Palestinian militants killed is much higher.

Meanwhile, Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in those areas have killed 20 people.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem, along with the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. Palestinians seek these territories for a future state.

Some 700,000 Jewish settlers now live in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Most of the international community considers these settlements illegal or obstacles to peace.