Settlers attack PA employee, family near Bethlehem

Maan News Agency | Sept 17, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attacked a Palestinian family in their car after they picked grapes from their field near Efrat settlement south of Bethlehem.

The deputy director of the Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of education, Bassam Jabir, from Al-Khader, told Ma’an he and his family were attacked on the bypass road known as Route 60.

Jabir explained that he went to pick grapes along with his mother, his brothers and sons from their field near the village of Jurat Ash-Shama south of Bethlehem. After they finished and drove back, a group of settlers from behind the fence surrounding Efrat threw rocks at the car. The windshield was smashed, but nobody was hurt, Jabir said.

He added that as stones started to hit the car, he lost control at first, but managed to speed away, and later he informed the Palestinian security and the liaison office in Bethlehem about the attack.


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