Sawiya night attack by Israeli settlers sees property damaged and graves vandalized

15th May 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, As Sawiya, Occupied Palestine

By ISM Nablus

In the early hours of Monday morning, a group of Zionist settlers from the Eli and Rechalim colonies attacked the Palestinian village of As Sawiah, east of Salfit.

The two graves spraypainted, including a Star of David, a Jewish symbol co-opted by the Zionist movement

The two graves spraypainted, including a Star of David, a Jewish symbol co-opted by the Zionist movement (Photo by ISM)

At about 3am, As Sawiah’s residents were sleeping as settlers attacked, first targeting a garden shop that had trees snapped and pots and plants thrown. The settlers continued to damage property letting down tires of two tractors and a car with spikes. The vehicles are essential to Palestinian farmers for their work and livelihood. Settlers continued in their attack by vandalising two graves near a family home, where they graffitied ‘Revenge for Arabs’ in Hebrew.

These attacks show the constant threat that settlers pose to the indigenous inhabitants to Palestine, where the attacks are often violent and deadly. When faced with attacks on property with varying degrees, the Palestinian people have no legal recourse or protection from the occupying forces. Eli, founded in 1984 and now spread over nine hilltops, has even contravened Israeli planning guidelines in its quest for growth; as well as stealing even more privately-owned Palestinian land this year from neighbouring Qaryut and all in direct – and defiant – contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention and several UN Security Council resolutions specifically on Israeli settler-colonial activity. Rechalim, meanwhile, has in recent years stolen land from the villages of Yatma and As Sawiya.

Plant pots were smashed too along with the trees that were snapped

Plant pots were smashed too along with the trees that were snapped (Photo by ISM)

What land remains for As Sawiya's villagers cannot even be worked on without gross hindrance (Photo by ISM)

What land remains for As Sawiya’s villagers cannot even be worked on without gross hindrance (Photo by ISM)

The settlers handiwork leaves not just a need for repairs, but also a sense of insecurity (Photo by ISM)

The settlers handiwork leaves not just a need for repairs, but also a sense of insecurity (Photo by ISM)

Puncture marks left by the spikes, time lost for this farmer not depicted (Photo by ISM)

Puncture marks left by the spikes, time lost for this farmer not depicted (Photo by ISM)



(Some) Examples of attacks by Jewish Colonists in Palestine

I emphasize, just some examples….
For a full overview see: Category Settler Violence


Jewish settlers write offenses against Jesus on Monastery – Oct 2, 2012

Zionist settlers attack 38 year old man in Majaz, Sept 16, 2012

3rd time in a week Havat Ma’on settlers chased palestinian kids – July 31, 2012

Settlers attack & wound 5 men, torch 400 olivetrees,kill 20 sheep July 7, 2012

Israeli settlers attack & torched a mosque in WB Palestine – June 19, 2012

Terrorist settler assassinates 2 Palestinians in Al-Khalil – June 17, 2012

Israeli colonists and occupation militia attack farmers in Tuqua – May 30, 2012

Israeli Settlers set olive trees on fire, shoot a Palestinian in ‘Urif – May 26, 2012

#JerusalemDay: settlers provocative march Al-Aqsa May 20, 2012

Settlers attack a school and injure 8 students – April 23, 2012

Masked Jewish settlers attack and stone Palestinians – Febr 28, 2012

Israeli Settler attack on Al-Aqsa and compound – Al-Quds – Febr 19, 2012

Israeli Settler Attack – Savages torch car and paint racist slogans – Febr 16, 2012

Israeli Settlers displaying their “Intelligence & Morals” – Febr 7, 2012

Illegal Settler raze & confiscate Palestinian land under protection of Israeli Army – Febr 6, 2012

Settler attack in Al-Janyeih: Anti Palestinian Graffiti – Febr 5, 2012

Jewish savage extremists destroy Muslim Graves on a cemetery in Beisan – Jan 25, 2012

Settlers torch a car of a 53 yr old woman in Tel Rumeideh – Jan 16, 2012

Cars & mosque vandalized in ‘price tag’ settler attack – Jan 11, 2012

Jewish settlers break into Muslim shrines to perform Talmudic rituals – Jan 6, 2012

lers torch 2 cars and a car wash station – Jan 4, 2012

Settlers Attack on a Mosque & 5 Cars – Dec 19, 2011

“Milchamah” – “War” Settlers attack a mosque Dec 15 2011

J’lem Mosque set alight in ‘price tag’ attack Dec 14, 2011

Settlers vandalize Muslim graves in Jerusalem – Nov 10, 2011

Christian & Muslim Cemeteries vandalized by zionists in Jaffa – Oct 7, 2011

Radical Jewish terrorists torch Mosque in Tuba – Oct 3, 2011

Settlers Cut Down 200 Olive Trees inh Qusra – Oct 6, 2011

Israel supplies weapons and training to illegal colonists in Palestine

The full album and resources about Settler Violence

Click to see the Album Ethnic Cleansing of Negev Bedouin

Click to see the Album House Demolitions

Click to see the Album Settlement Construction

Israeli attacks against Christians and holy sites


Essential information/resources

  • Israel Arms & Trains Illegal Settlers for Rampage in Occupied Palestine – In Photos
  • Leaked document “Operation Summer Seeds”: Israeli forces train & arm settlers to attack Palestinian protesters – Source
  • Netherlands blocks EU report about Settler Violence, The Rights Forum exposes it – Source & Translations
  • MP Barghouthi warns of massacres after Israel arms, trains settlers – Source
  • Israel gives settlers weapons for September- Source
  • How US “charities” break tax laws to fund Israeli settlements – EI
  • France’s JDL’s “Travel Agency” Call for “Militant Rampage Trip”- Source
  • Israeli settlers to be armed with dogs as well as tear gas and stun grenades – Source
  • Topic – Settler Terrorism – Source
  • Video – Settler Attack dogs of the West Bank | Video | Reuters.com



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