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Israel relies on a network of Palestinian informants to monitor and arrest suspected militants, and their work has contributed to the years of calm for Israel in the West Bank.
The Western-backed Palestinian Authority itself passes intelligence to Israel and has renounced violence against it.
Salam was released from an Israeli jail just two months ago after completing a 3-1/2-year term for planting explosives by Israel’s separation barrier near his village and trying to wrest a gun from a soldier, his family said.
“They let him out of one prison and into what? This open-air prison?” asked his brother Ali.
“He had no job lately and he was talking more and more about the martyrdom of the prisoners in Israeli jail. He felt deeply about their suffering, but he seemed normal,” he said.
Two Palestinian prisoners died in Israeli custody this year. Palestinians say one was tortured to death and the other was denied proper cancer treatment. Israel denies these allegations.
Israeli settlers care little about the attacker’s motives in killing Borovsky, who was a father of five. They have demanded more settlement building on land Palestinians want for a future state, and won a sympathetic hearing from the government.
“The people of Israel must continue to redeem all parts of the land of Israel,” Housing Minister Uri Ariel said at Borovsky’s funeral.
On Wednesday, settlers erected a new makeshift settlement on a hilltop above where Borovsky was killed.
Settlers from his home in Yitzhar, known among Palestinians for their militancy, set fire to fields and threw stones on the day of the attack.