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Israeli Settlers Move to Reestablish Illegal Outpost in Occupied West Bank

HeadlineMay 30, 2023

Israel’s military killed a Palestinian security officer during an overnight raid Monday in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Thirty-seven-year-old Ashraf Mohammad Ibrahim died from gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach; eight other Palestinian men were injured by live fire.

Elsewhere, Jewish settlers on Monday moved to reestablish the evacuated West Bank outpost of Homesh. The settlement was dismantled in 2005 by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, but was recently approved for resettlement by Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government. The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply troubled” by the reopening of Homesh.

This follows an attack Friday by Israeli settlers on Palestinian farmers in a village near Ramallah which left five Palestinians wounded — one of whom was shot in the head. Palestinian Attaf al-Naasan says Israeli soldiers assisted the settlers in the assault.

Attaf al-Naasan: “We came here to help the people who were planting and harvesting after the settlers attacked them. We came to help them and protect them. The settlers and soldiers attacked us. They burned this car. They didn’t let us put out the fire. They burned it in front of our eyes.”

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