Israeli Settlers Attack Shop of Freed Palestinian Prisoner in Hebron

Hani Jaber, who had been serving a life sentence for stabbing a Kiryat Arba yeshiva student, was one of hundreds of Palestinians released from Israeli jails in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked a shop in the West Bank belonging to a Palestinian man freed as part of a prisoner swap deal last month, locals said Sunday.

The settlers threw objects and rocks at the shop in Hebron, according to Palestinian residents. Police intervened in clashes that broke out after the incident between Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told DPA.


No one was reported injured in the clash that came as thousands of Jews arrived in Hebron to celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. An Israeli woman and a Palestinian man were questioned but later released, Rosenfeld said.

The owner of the shop, Hani Jaber, had been serving life in an Israeli prison for stabbing to death a student from a Jewish religious seminary in the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in 1993. A radical Jewish group has vowed revenge for his release and put up posters offering a price on his life.

Some Israeli Jews have condemned the prisoner exchange, under which Israel freed hundreds of jailed Palestinian militants in exchange for Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier held captive in Gaza for over five years.

About 800 Jewish settlers, protected by a heavy Israeli military presence, live in Hebron's historic centre, among tens of thousands of Palestinians. The city was divided into Israeli- and Palestinian-controlled sectors under a 1997 agreement.