Hundreds at the funeral of the victim of terror in W. Bank’s outpost – BoilingNews

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Yehuda Dimentman on Friday as security forces intensified the search for the terrorists who opened fire on his vehicle and killed him the night before.

Burial began at the illegal West Bank post in Homesh, where Dimentman had studied, and near which he was shot and killed. There were praises there, and a procession then visited the site of the attack before traveling to Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery, where Dimentman was buried.

Military and police forces secured the event strongly.

Speaking at the funeral, the leader of his yeshiva, Rabbi Elishama Cohen, called Dimentman “a Torah soldier,” adding that “Homesh will say out loud and clear that this place is fully ours.”

Homesh was supposed to have been abandoned in 2005 as part of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s so-called withdrawal, but has since been illegally taken back by a group of settlers.

The leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party said Homesh should be strengthened and further built in response to the attack.

He said he believed that God “sent Yehuda to us to instruct us to return to Homesh, to build the Yeshiva, to strengthen the Torah by Homesh.”

Dimentman’s brother Shlomi also called on the government to “renew Homesh.” He said that “the Arabs here are celebrating and are happy to see how we are being humiliated, mainly by the High Court of Justice and other haters of Israel who are helping them.

“We will be here and stay here. May God avenge his blood.”

Some calls for revenge were also heard by funeral attendants when Dimentman was hailed.

Likud MK Nir Barkat said “Jews are allowed to live where they want and we will protect that right.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense Alon Schuster rejected the idea of ​​rebuilding Homesh in response to the attack, saying the government “will not make far-reaching diplomatic moves,” adding that the building in the illegal settlement would be “a direct hit by agreements Israel has signed on to. ”

Israeli forces made a series of arrests and set up roadblocks across the northern West Bank overnight until Thursday, while continuing to search for the killers.

Three additional infantry battalions of Israeli defense forces, along with special forces and intelligence gathering units, were deployed to the West Bank after the attack as the military, Shin Bet security service and Israeli police searched the Nablus area for the attackers.

“At this point, security forces – the IDF, Shin Bet, police and other forces – are pursuing the killers. We will lay our hands on the terrorists and capture them,” said General Yehuda Fuchs, head of the IDF’s Central Command.

“We are responsible for the defense here and we will do everything in our power to provide protection to the residents and capture the killers and terrorists who carried out this attack,” Fuchs said.

According to Palestinian media, at least three Palestinians were arrested in overnight raids in the village of Burqa, just north of where the attack took place, outside the Homesh outpost.

Investigators suspect the attack was carried out by two assailants who shot at the vehicle from close range, according to Army Radio.

Israeli special forces arrest a Palestinian man outside Shavei Shomron in the West Bank on December 17, 2021 after a deadly gunfire near Homesh (Sraya Diamond / Flash90)

Brig. General Avi Bluth, head of the IDF department in charge of the area, said at least 10 bullets were fired into the car. He said the car was hit by an ambush from the side of the road, not from a passing vehicle, and that the troops had found the spot where the terrorists were sitting before the attack.

“We are grabbing all the threads that are pulling,” said Bluth, head of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria division, named after the biblical designation for the West Bank.

Details of the investigation into the attack were ruled out of publication under a court-issued gag order.

Bluth said reinforcements were brought into the area in the form of three infantry battalions, special forces and intelligence units. Additional reserve soldiers were brought in to help.

Dimentman, 25, was the father of a nine-month-old son and was from the Shavei Shomron settlement in the West Bank.

Yehuda Dimentman. (Courtesy)

He was a student at the yeshiva or religious school in Homesh, close to where the attack took place.

Dimentman and two others were shot while driving in a car as they left Homesh around noon. 19.30. The other two passengers sustained minor injuries in the attack from shards of glass.

The Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine praised the attack but did not take immediate responsibility for it.

The past few weeks have seen an increase in the number of Palestinian terrorist attacks, with four taking place in Jerusalem alone, including a deadly shooting committed by a Hamas member.

Can the public broadcaster reported that settlers in response to the attack were preparing to erect new buildings in Homesh.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price condemned the attack in a statement.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in the West Bank today, which killed one Israeli citizen and injured two others. Our thoughts go out to the victims of this attack and their families,” Price said.

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