Outpost established in memory of slain settler


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank outpost was established in memory of a Jewish father of five killed by a Palestinian assailant.

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, on Thursday moved his office to a tent on a hill overlooking the Tapuach Junction, where Eviatar Borovsky, 31, of the Yitzhar settlement, was killed Tuesday morning as he waited for a bus.

A wooden structure was constructed at the site of a former army base and portable bathrooms were moved there, according to The Jerusalem Post. A large sign in Hebrew reads Eviatar.

Mesika told Israeli media he will work daily at the new outpost. He told The Jerusalem Post that he would make sure there is a constant presence at the site until families can be moved in.

“The Zionist response is to deepen Jewish roots in the land,” Mesika told the newspaper.

The assailant, who is in Israeli custody, also took Borovsky’s gun and began shooting at Border Guard officers.

Following the attack, a group of Yitzhar residents set fields afire and threw stones at a Palestinian school bus. At least 15 Jewish settlers were arrested for violence against Palestinians.

Several hundred people attended Borovsky’s funeral. Later, a photo of one of his young sons hugging his lifeless body draped in a prayer shawl went viral on Facebook.

In January, a 17-year-old Israeli was stabbed at the same junction.

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