Washington, DC -- In the strongest possible terms, Americans for Peace Now condemns the murder of Rabbi Raziel
Shevach, which occurred yesterday in the West Bank outside Nablus. According to news reports in Israeli media,
Shevach was shot by an unidentified attacker who fired on his vehicle from a passing car. We note that Hamas’s
military wing, while not taking responsibility for the shooting, praised the killing as “heroic” and a sign of
future attacks to come. Islamic Jihad also welcomed the attack.
With great concern, we are following developments in the wake of Shevach’s killing. Israel’s right-wing politicians
are shamelessly exploiting this deplorable act with
calls for settlement construction, making clear that they intend to use settlement building in the Occupied
Territories as a means to punish Palestinians. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has also ordered his agency to
examine the possibility of legalizing Havat Gilad – the illegal outpost near Nablus where Shevach lived, parts of
which are built on private Palestinian land.