A new outpost has been established in Samaria, in memory of Eviatar Borovsky, a Jewish father of five killed by a Palestinian terrorist, JTA reported.
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 Borovsky, 31, of Yitzhar, was killed Tuesday morning as he waited for a bus. The Palestinian stabber, who is now in Israeli custody, also took Borovsky’s gun and began shooting at Border Guard officers.
A wooden structure has been constructed at the site and porta-potties have been moved up to the top of the hill as well. A large sign in Hebrew at the site reads Eviatar.
Mesika told Israeli media he wouldl work daily at the new outpost and 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 Jerusalem Post.
Israeli settlement monitor Ghassan Daghlas said that settlers have erected 10 mobile homes surrounded by fencing, which were then hooked up to residents’ water and electricity supply, PA news agency WAFA reported. The new site is near the Elon Moreh settlement, Daghlas said.
Following the Tuesday murder, a group of Yitzhar residents set fields afire and threw stones at an Arab school bus. At least 15 Jewish residents were arrested for violence against Arabs.
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.
That same photo was used by a particularly vicious Israeli leftist activist named Hilla Chipman Galante (see below) who uploaded her own accompanying caption that read:
“Sweetie, Daddy has gone to a place where he will no longer burn fields and poison sheep… Never mind, Sweetie, go with the other manic residents of Yitzhar.”
Galante removed her posting a few hours later, but some quick Facebook monitors preserved it in image form.
The next day she offered the following apology:
I apologize for my harsh words yesterday, written in a moment of unthinking. I understand that I turned my anger and my despair in the opposite direction of where it should have been turned, and I hurt the family and people who are in pain after a despicable murder. What was written yesterday in a moment of desperation did not correctly reflect my true views of the complex political situation in our country. I again apologize and hope that I will know in the future to express my views in a more accurate and inoffensive way.