Rabbi Killed in West Bank Shooting
An Israeli rabbi was murdered in a drive-by shooting on nearby the Havat Gilat outpost.
The victim, 35-year-old Rabbi Raziel Shevach, was driving along Route 60 close to his home in the outpost when gunmen fired 22 bullets at his car as they drove by. Shevach was stricken multiple times in his neck and chest, and eventually succumbed to his injuries at Kfar Saba Meir Medical Center.
A friend of Shevach’s, Rabbi Yehoshua Gelbard, told Haaretz, “Rabbi Raziel was a rare combination of a smart student and devoted to God, who was kind to everyone who surrounded him.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the shooting.
“I am expressing my deep sorrow and sending condolences to the family of Raziel Shevach, who was murdered tonight by a despicable terrorist,” said Netanyahu. “Security forces will do everything possible to reach the contemptible murderer and the State of Israel will bring him to justice.”
Indeed, Israeli forces shut down Route 60 and have been searching for the terrorists that murdered Shevach.
Yesha Council chairman Hananel Dorani blamed the Palestinian Authority for the terror attack due to their policy of paying terrorists. Hamas had nothing but kind words for Shevach’s murderers.
“We bless the heroic Nablus operation which comes as a result of the Zionist occupation’s violations and crimes at the expense of our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem,” the terror organization said in a statement.
Islamic Jihad praised the attack as well.
Shevach leaves behind his wife and six children. His oldest child is 11 years old and his youngest child is eight months old.
This is Rabbi Raziel Shevah with his beautiful family. He was murdered tonight by a Palestinian assailant, leaving behind a widow and six orphans. May they find comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/QhSdia8q5I
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) January 9, 2018