Israeli army take two men and hand them to settlers of Esh Kodesh

7th September 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team | Qusra, Occupied Palestine

Last 29th of August, Israeli soldiers detained two municipal workers from Qusra as they were taking the village’s trash to the local dump. The two men were later attacked by Israeli settlers. Residents of Qusra fear that greater collusion between the army and the settlers will only lead to more attacks.

One of the workers shows his bruises after a settler attack (Photo by ISM)

One of the workers shows his bruises after a settler attack (Photo by ISM)

Early Thursday morning, two army jeeps carrying four soldiers detained the men as they transported trash to the local dump. Rather than transporting the men to the military base at Huwwarra checkpoint, the soldiers deposited the men and their tractor on the lands close to the illegal Israeli settlement, Esh Kodesh.  At approximately 9:30, the municipal workers were attacked by six settlers, who beat them with stones and also caused major damage to the municipality’s tractor. Following the attack, both men were taken by ambulance to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where doctors ordered two to three days bed rest.

After the residents of Qusra were taken to the hospital, the settlers of Esh Kodesh stole the tractor and took it to Shvut Rachel, another nearby settlement. When members of the municipality appealed to the Israeli DCO (District Coordination Office) to locate the stolen tractor, Israeli officials stated that if they found it, they would confiscate the tractor for two months and require the village to pay 10,000 NIS for its return.

Though the village has used the same area for garbage collection for nearly 30 years, in the last three years, the Israeli army has attempted to prohibit dumping in the area. The village has no other areas in which to deposit trash, as all of the surrounding lands are considered area C and also prohibited for use. Employees of the municipality reported that this is the third time that the village’s tractor has been confiscated. The previous times, the municipality was forced to pay a 10,000 NIS fine for its return. Following the most recent incident, the mayor refused to pay the fine due to the violence inflicted upon the two men and his view that the attack was coordinated between the Israeli army and the illegal settlers.

The tractor was damaged by the settlers (Photo by ISM)

Eventually, the tractor was returned to the village, though there was extensive damage that will require more than 2,000 NIS for repairs. In addition to structural damage, the license plate was stolen off the tractor, which will take months to replace due to bureaucratic requirements; moreover, employees of the municipality noted the dangers of a Palestinian plate being in the hands of the settlers, as they can use the green, Palestinian plate to gain access to the surrounding Palestinian villages without garnering suspicion. The municipality reported the theft to both the PA and Israeli police in hopes of preventing future attacks.

Qusra village is located in the northern West Bank, approximately 28 kilometers southeast of Nablus. The villages’ 6,000 residents face constant, weekly attacks from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Esh Kodesh. Settlers frequently damage and uproot olive trees, burn village land, and attack residents. In 2011, settlers defaced the local mosque and attempted to set it on fire.

(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 |

Still live in fairytaleland about Israel? Time to wake up: The Map of the “Greater Israel” even is hammered on their currency.

All facts storified and continuously updated. Read what Israeli ‘leaders’ have said and done even before (peace) talks and how their actions contradict the reality and ugly facts which they try to hide from you:

Israel. Not looking for Peace. Nor Talks. But this…

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