Settlers caught on camera throwing stones at Palestinian in West Bank
Israeli settlers were seen hitting a Palestinian with stones in a video released by a rights group on Saturday.
The attack occurred on Saturday afternoon near the village of Jalud in the northern West Bank on land near the Palestinian’s home, according to Yesh Din, a left-wing rights group that documents settler violence. in the West Bank.
In the video, masked men can be seen hitting the man with a stick and throwing stones at him.
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The attackers came from the direction of Esh Kodesh outpost in the West Bank, Yesh Din said.
A @YeshDin A field researcher reports that at around 1:15 p.m. today, a group of settlers descended from the direction of the Esh Kodesh outpost and attacked a resident of Jalud who was on a nearby piece of land. from his house. pic.twitter.com/C2YpO6atlI
– Lior Amihai (@lioramihai) April 3, 2021
The attack took place as a Palestinian electrician and the head of the Jalud village council were repairing a utility pole that the human rights group said settlers damaged several months ago.
Settlers can be seen knocking down a pole in a separate video posted by Yesh Din.
The victim, a man in his 50s, sustained bodily injuries in the attack. It was not clear whether he was the electrician or the head of the village council.
Israeli soldiers appeared at the scene to separate the parties. Yesh Din said soldiers fired stun grenades at residents of Jalud who came to help the man under attack, which was not seen in the videos.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “The incident in which masked Jews attacked a Palestinian and threw stones at him is serious and will be investigated. Anyone who throws a stone is life threatening. The defense establishment will act to get their hands on anyone who seeks to harm human life. “
Joint List MP Ahmad Tibi and Nitzan Horovitz, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, also condemned the attack.
Last month stones were thrown at cars and windows in Jalud.
Abdullah Haj Mohammed, head of the Jalud village council, said at the time that there was no point in filing a complaint with the police because “no one will investigate the incidents.”
He said many residents have started installing bars on their windows due to the frequency of the attacks.
Settler violence against Palestinians has increased in recent months after the death of 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak in a police chase. The car Sandak was in crashed after he and several others allegedly threw stones at Palestinians.
Last month, a group of around ten masked people, allegedly settlers, beat and threw stones at a Palestinian family in the West Bank in an attack filmed by the family.
There have also been recent incidents of vandalism against Palestinians in the West Bank, and in one incident last month, in Israel.
A Palestinian village near Jerusalem was vandalized last month in an alleged hate crime attack.
Earlier in March, an alleged hate crime was committed in the West Bank village of Hawara, with residents claiming Israeli settlers entered the community late at night and vandalized vehicles and homes.
The Israeli police are said to have opened investigations into the three incidents.
Vandalism and attacks against Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the West Bank are commonly referred to as “cost-price” attacks, with authors claiming retaliation for Palestinian violence or for government policies viewed as hostile to the movement. settlers.
Arrests of perpetrators have been extremely rare, and human rights groups lament that convictions are even more unusual, with the majority of charges dropped in such cases.
In February, a 17-year-old Israeli settler was indicted for attacks on Palestinian homes and property. The accused threw a stun grenade at two houses as families slept inside, police said.