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Shots fired at Homesh Yeshiva; no casualties reported

Its administration calls on the government to legalize the community as "the answer to terrorism."

The evacuated community of Homesh in northern Samaria, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.
The evacuated community of Homesh in northern Samaria, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Suspected Palestinian terrorists fired toward the study hall of the Homesh Yeshiva in Samaria on Tuesday night, according to Israeli media reports.

No casualties were reported, and Israel Defense Forces troops were sweeping the area, according to the reports.

Following the incident, the yeshivah’s administration called on the government to legalize the northern Samaria community.

“The Homesh Yeshiva is strong [and] terrorism will never move us from this important hill. The answer to terrorism: immediately legalizing the community of Homesh, together with all the towns in northern Samaria,” yeshivah administrators said, according to Israel Hayom.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan called on the government to “strengthen” the yeshivah.

“The entire nation of Israel salutes the pioneers of the Homesh Yeshiva,” said Dagan. “We demand a decisive response from the government—towards the terrorist village of Burqa, from where the shots came, and by strengthening the Homesh Yeshiva.”

The 2005 Gaza disengagement led to the evacuation and destruction of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Ganim and Kadim in Samaria, as well as 21 communities in the Gaza Strip.

In March, the Knesset repealed articles of a 2005 law banning Israelis from entering and residing in the four Samaria communities, and in May IDF Central Command head Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs signed an order allowing Israelis to reenter Homesh.

Following the legislative move, Homesh’s yeshivah was relocated to a new, permanent location, several hundred meters off of disputed land.

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