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Itamar Ben-Gvir Calls for More Weapons for Civilians After West Bank Shooting Kills One Israeli

HeadlineFeb 22, 2024

In the occupied West Bank, a shooting attack on a highway near an illegal settlement killed at least one Israeli and injured several others. Two of the three Palestinian gunmen were shot and killed on the scene. Israel’s extreme-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir seized on the attack to call for even more restrictions on Palestinian movement and for more weapons to be distributed to Israeli vigilantes.

Itamar Ben-Gvir: “A very big disaster was prevented here, thanks to the fact that all police officers in the Israeli police are carrying weapons and thanks to the fact that citizens have weapons. We are handing out more and more weapons.”

This comes amid ongoing military raids across the occupied West Bank and attacks by Israeli settlers. At least 400 West Bank Palestinians have been killed since October 7. More than 7,000 others have been arrested.

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