Israeli security guard killed in Tel Aviv terror attack


TEL AVIV ((JEWISH REVIEW)) — A security guard was killed in a shooting attack in central Tel Aviv on Saturday afternoon as violence between Israelis and Palestinians has continued to rage.

The terror attack came after a Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli settlers in the West Bank on Friday night. Since the beginning of the year, more than two dozen Israelis and more than 100 West Bank Palestinians have been killed in the violence. This year has also seen multiple riots by Israeli West Bank settlers in Palestinian towns.

The security guard, a city employee who has been identified as Chen Amir, 42, spotted a man acting suspiciously in a busy Tel Aviv commercial area on Saturday and approached him, according to Israeli reports. The man opened fire, wounding Amir, before being shot dead by another guard. Amir died of his wounds shortly afterward.

The shooter has been identified as a member of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian terror group.

While many of the terror attacks against Israelis have occurred in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has seen violence multiple times this year. In July, a gunman injured at least seven people in a stabbing attack in the city, and in March, a shooting in a Tel Aviv cafe killed one and injured two. One person was killed after being rammed by a car in April on the city’s boardwalk in what Israeli security forces deemed a terror attack, though the driver’s family has said it was an accident.

The night before the Tel Aviv attack, during a confrontation between Israeli settlers and Palestinians, a settler opened fire and killed Qusai Jamal Matan, 19, and wounded four others. Israeli police have detained two suspects for the crime of murder driven by racism, including a former staffer for the far-right Otzma Yehudit, or Jewish Power, party, which is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, according to Israeli reports.