Activist: Settlers torch family tent with man inside

Maan News Agency – Sept 9, 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) – Settlers vandalized a family tent in a village south of Hebron at dawn on Friday, a human rights worker said. No one was seriously injured.

Naser Nawaja, a field researcher at B’Tselem, an Israeli rights group, said the settlers burned the tent while a man was inside. He was taken to a hospital in Yatta to be treated for shock.

The man’s wife and children were not inside the tent, Nawaja said.

The latest attacks come amid an escalation in settler violence over the past week. On Monday, settlers torched a mosque in the village of Qusra, which is located near the villages of Qabalan and Yatma.

Earlier this week a faculty member and a student of Bethlehem University came under separate, violent attacks by settlers who threw rocks as they drove in the West Bank, the university said.

Adwan Adwan, a faculty member in the Arabic dept., suffered injuries to his face and upper body, the university said in a statement. “I felt lucky to escape with my life,” he was quoted as saying.

On the same road, the statement said, Yara Odeh, a masters student, escaped from her car through the passenger door and ran toward nearby Israeli soldiers, calling for help.

She reports being refused help and being told to return to her car: “The settlers seemed not so much interested in damaging the car as they were in harming me,” she was quoted as saying.

The university’s vice president Michael Sansur said the campus’ administration was extremely disturbed by these attacks on members of the academic community: “These violent and aggressive attacks on our students and faculty from Israeli settlers in the Palestinian territories are horrifying and unjust.”

“We are grateful for the well-being of Dr Adwan and Yara in surviving these traumatic events and pledge to continue in our efforts to prepare our graduates to take their place as ethical leaders in fostering shared values, moral principles and dedication to serving the common good.”



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