On the morning of 26 September 2017, a Palestinian gunman opened fire at Israeli security guards at the entrance gate of Har Adar, an Israeli settlement and affluent residential border community of Jerusalem located largely on the other side of the green line within the West Bank.[1] Three Israeli security guards were killed and one was injured. The gunman was shot dead by the remaining guards. The Israeli authorities described the attack as an 'act of terrorism'.[2]

2017 Har Adar shooting
Part of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
HaShoter square in Be'er Ya'akov, named after Salomon Gavriya.
2017 Har Adar shooting is located in Jerusalem
2017 Har Adar shooting
The attack site
Native nameפיגוע הירי בהר אדר
LocationHar Adar, West Bank
Coordinates31°49′44″N 35°08′11″E / 31.82889°N 35.13639°E / 31.82889; 35.13639
Date26 September 2017 (2017-09-26)
7:14 am (UTC+3)
TargetIsraeli security forces
Attack type
Mass shooting
WeaponCZ 82 pistol
Deaths3 (+1 attacker)
AssailantNimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal


Har Adar was initially built adjacent to the Green Line but has grown past it since the 1967 Six-Day War and is now largely located within the West Bank.[3][1] Two hundred Palestinian workers enter the town through the gate where the attack took place daily.[4][1] Around 100,000 Palestinians hold permits that allow them to work in Israel and within Israeli settlements, mostly as manual laborers.[5]


The attack took place as the gunman approached an entrance to Har Adar guarded by a border policeman and two civilian security guards. Border policeman Solomon Gavriyah (20) of Be'er Ya'akov was killed, as were civilian security guards Youssef Ottman (25) of Abu Ghosh and Or Arish (25) of Har Adar. A fourth man, the head civilian security officer of Har Adar, was injured. The attacker was shot and killed.[6]

Sgt. Solomon Gavriyah was killed in the attack

Prior to the attack two Machsom Watch activists approached the checkpoint, upon which Gavriyah left the checkpoint and requested they step away. Police reported that one of the activists told Ethiopian-Israeli Gavriyah "You are a disgrace", which the activist later denied.[7] Upon Gavriyah returning to his post the attacker began shooting.[7]


The attacker was Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal, a 37-year-old man and a father of four, who was from the neighboring village of Beit Surik. He held a license to work in Israeli settlements.[8][1] An initial inquiry into the attack uncovered Jamal suffered from severe personal and family issues, including domestic violence. It was reported that he physically assaulted his wife, and as a result, she fled to Jordan several weeks ago, leaving him with the children.[9] Minutes before carrying out the attack, Jamal sent his wife a message on Facebook Messenger, apologizing for what he was about to do, mourned her departure and said he had been a terrible husband to her.[10]

In another Facebook posting, also made just before the attack, Jamal said he "feared no one but God."[9][10]

On 15 November 2017, the IDF demolished Jamal's house in Beit Surik.[11]

Diplomatic reactions

  •   European Union condemns the attack, saying attempts by Hamas to glorify the attack are reprehensible.[14] "There can be no justification for such a crime and attempts by Hamas to glorify the attack are reprehensible. Violence and terror will only achieve more loss and pain and must stop."[15]
  •   UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a statement: "It is deplorable that Hamas and others continue to glorify such attacks, which undermine the possibility of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis. I urge all to condemn violence and stand up to terror".[16]

See also


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  2. ^ "Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank". www.bbc.com. 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ Cohen, Shaul Ephraim (June 1993). The Politics of Planting: Israeli-Palestinian Competition for Control of Land in the Jerusalem Periphery. University of Chicago Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-226-11276-3.
  4. ^ Lazaroff, Tovah (26 September 2017). "First-ever Har Adar terror attack leaves residents reeling". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ Eglash, Ruth; Morris, Loveday (26 September 2017). "Palestinian shoots dead 3 Israelis at settlement near Jerusalem". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 26 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Border cop, 2 security guards named as victims of Har Adar shooting". Times of Israel. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "שוטרי מג"ב: פעילת שמאל אמרה ללוחם לפני שנפל בפיגוע – "אתה בושה" – חדשות 13". 13news.co.il. Retrieved 19 April 2023.
  8. ^ Jones, Rory (26 September 2017). "Three Israelis Killed". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b Osmo, Liad (26 September 2017). "Terrorist sends apologetic message to wife minutes before attack". Ynetnews. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  10. ^ a b Lieber, Dov (26 September 2017). "Wife of Har Adar terrorist left him weeks before shooting". Times of Israel.
  11. ^ "צה"ל הרס את בית המחבל שביצע את הפיגוע בהר אדר". Israel Hayom (in Hebrew). 15 November 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Netanyahu blames Palestinian incitement for shooting attack as US, EU condemn". i24NEWS. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  13. ^ Rasgon, Adam (26 September 2017). "Hamas speaks highly of deadly shooting attack that killed 3 Israelis". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b Benari, Elad (26 September 2017). "EU condemns Har Adar attack". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  15. ^ Fulbright, Alexander (26 September 2017). "EU slams 'reprehensible' Hamas praise for Har Adar terror attack". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  16. ^ a b Ravid, Barak (26 September 2017). "U.S., EU, France Condemn Terror Attack That Killed Three Israelis Near West Bank Settlement". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  17. ^ Keinon, Herb (26 September 2017). "United States, UN quickly condemn Har Adar terror attack". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Joint Embassy Tel Aviv-Consulate General Jerusalem Statement on the Har Adar Attack | U.S. Embassy in Israel". U.S. Embassy in Israel. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.