Dozens of Israeli Settlers Throw Rocks at Palestinian Building, IDF Soldiers Stand By

Footage of the incident shows Israeli soldiers standing meters away from the settlers; eventually, soldiers dispersed them ■ Settlers say the incident was a response to stone-throwing by Palestinians

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Dozens of Jewish settlers entered the West Bank village of Burin on Wednesday and hurled rocks at Palestinians and their homes, the Israeli army said. Rocks were also hurled at a structure that Palestinians say is a school.

A video from the scene, shot by an activist with Rabbis for Human Rights, shows masked settlers throwing rocks as Israeli soldiers stand a few meters away, doing nothing to stop them.

No one was hurt in the incident, but Palestinians say property was damaged. Eventually, Israeli security forces dispersed the settlers. No one was arrested.

The video shot by a left-wing activist:

In a separate video shot by settlers from the area earlier Wednesday, Palestinians are seen hurling stones at Israelis. According to the settlers, this incident – during which no Israeli soldiers were present – preceded the incident that took place inside the village.

Settlers who were present at the scene told Haaretz that the decision to enter the village was made in response to stone-throwing by Palestinians. The settlers "pushed the Palestinians into the village" and then threw stones at a house, the settlers said.

The assault on the settlers took place prior to the assault on the Palestinians, Haaretz has verified. However, it remains unclear whether the settlers who threw rocks at Palestinians were aware of the attack on settlers by Palestinians earlier in the day.

The video shot by settlers:

The Israel Defense Forces spokesperson issued a statement in response to the incident, saying: "A short time ago some 40 masked settlers entered the village of Burin....The settlers began throwing rocks at Palestinians and their homes. IDF forces arrived at the scene, put an end to the friction and removed the settlers from the village. There were no injuries."

Similar incidents have occurred in recent weeks. In May, settlers were caught on video near the Givat Ronen outpost throwing rocks at Palestinians and people affiliated with left-wing movements while Israeli soldiers stood by.

In June, a Haaretz investigation indicated that in at least nine instances of settlers assaulting Palestinians, left-wing activists and soldiers, no arrests were made. 

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