By Yona Schnitzer/TPS/JewishTidbits
Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the Havat Gilad outpost in northern Shomron, was murdered in a drive-by shooting Tuesday. He was 35.
Shortly after 8pm, the Magen David Adom (MDA) radio received reports of a shooting attack, apparently from the victim, who had served as an MDA volunteer.
Paramedics from the town of Kedumim, a short drive from the scene of the attack, arrived on the scene and evacuated the victim to Meir Medical Centre in Kfar Saba, where his death was confirmed.
“I left Kedumim in an MDA ambulance, arriving quickly at the scene. I saw on the side of the road, by the safety railing, a private vehicle with shooting markings on it,’ said MDA paramedic Elyashiv Reichenberg, the first to arrive on the scene. “There was a 35-year-old semi-conscious man in the driver seat with bullet wounds in his upper body.”
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Matan Meshulam who was among the first responders at the scene said: “The injured person was seemingly shot by a passing car on Highway 60 near Khavat Gilad. He was driving his car when a passing car shot him. I together with other United Hatzalah volunteers as well as other first response medical teams extricated him from the vehicle and treated him at the scene.”
MK Bezalel Smotrich, a resident of Kedumim, was on Route 60 at the time of the shooting and stopped to administer first aid. He wrote on social media “Jewish Blood is not worthless!” and called on Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to put an end to Palestinian terrorism. “Instruct our security forces to act with an iron fist! Make it clear to the Palestinians that they will pay a very heavy price for every attack like this.”
Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Camp) pledged to find and punish the killers and sent condolences to the family of the victim.
“To our great sorry, terrorism does not rest for even a minute. This time, the victim was a paramedic who mediated his life to helping others, no matter who they were. We will not rest from our fight; we will find and punish [the killers].
*With additional reporting by Andrew Friedman, Hillel Maeir and Koby Richter
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