Settlers Injure Two Palestinians, Uproot 25 Trees in Violent Reprisals in West Bank

01.03.11 – 14:02

Nablus – PNN – A Palestinian man and his wife were burned on Tuesday when Jewish settlers threw fire bombs into their house south of Nablus, part of a series of violent reprisals believed to be in response to the Israeli evacuation of illegal outposts in the northern West Bank. Near Bethlehem, settlers uprooted 250 olive trees and in Hebron, a settler hit over a five-year-old boy with his car.

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Armed Jewish settlers march through Hebron (PNN Archive).

The attacks near Nablus happened in the village of Huwwara. Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of filing settler attacks, told Palestinian state-run news wire Wafa that a number of settlers burned the home of Rabi’ Taha Tamizi, who was injured along with his wife from burns and smoke inhalation. They were both taken to the Nablus city hospital for treatment.

Douglas also said settlers burned a car belonging to a local Palestinian, unnamed, and closed roads in the region with the help of the Israeli army. According to Israeli news source Ha’aretz, however, the Israeli army stopped settlers from attacking a mosque in the nearby village of Bureen.

The violence is response to the dismantling of an illegal Israeli settlement outpost called Havat Gilad, built on a hilltop near Nablus. Attacks on Palestinians after Israel bulldozes or otherwise counteracts settlement projects is a practice known as “price-tagging.”

Near Bethlehem, settlers coordinated with Israeli troops to uproot 25 olive trees on Jabal al-Faradis. Local sources said some of the settlers were armed with rifles and came in the middle of the night, accompanied by Israeli soldiers. The land in question was owned by Ahmed Muhammad al-Wahash of Jabal al-Faradis. The settlers uprooted the trees and left with them by dawn.

According to locals, Jabal al-Faradis has been surrounded for several years, with settlers threatening farmers with violence if they come near their crops.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, settlers from Ramot Yishai attacked the home of a Palestinian family in Tell al-Rumeida. Eyewitnesses said settlers first pelted the home with stones, then beat Tariq Yunis Abu Aisha, 35, and then kidnapped him when he tried to bring a complaint against them.

Locals said this is the second consecutive night these attacks have occurred. Last night, settlers tried to cut down trees belonging to Hani Abu Haykal and attacked the home of Yasser Said. Other settlers threw stones at passing cars on a main street in southern Hebron.

Five-year-old Hosni al-Rajibi was injured when he was struck by a settler’s car near the Ibrahimi Mosque in central Hebron. The incident was said to have occurred late last night. The settler then took the child to the Kiryat Arba settlement, where he was transferred to Israeli medics and described as being in “moderate” condition.

 

PNN – Palestine News Network – Settlers Injure Two Palestinians, Uproot 25 Trees in Violent Reprisals in West Bank.

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