Israeli Soldiers Filmed Standing by in West Bank as Settlers Throw Rocks at Palestinians

After incident, a larger group came out of the Yitzhar settlement and threw rocks at Palestinians building a fence at Burin, a village near Nablus, Palestinian reports say

Yotam Berger
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Israeli soldiers were filmed on Saturday watching settlers in the West Bank throw rocks at Palestinians and doing nothing to stop them.

At 10:30 AM on Saturday, a group of Israelis coming from the settlement of Yitzhar threw rocks at Palestinians they saw on farmland between the Palestinian villages of Burin and Hawara.

After the incident the Israelis returned to Yitzhar – and half an hour later, an even bigger group came out of the settlement and threw rocks at Palestinians who were building a fence at Burin, a village near Nablus, according to Palestinian reports via the Yesh Din organization.

The 90-second clip shows at least 10 Israelis, some masked, throwing the rocks at the Palestinians, and at least three soldiers in uniform standing by. The settlers are also shown tearing down the fence.

Palestinian sources claim that three people were injured and that a vehicle was damaged.

The Israeli army Spokesperson's Unit stated that at mid-day Saturday, friction arose between residents and Palestinians that involved massive stone-throwing. Palestinians also attempted arson, the statement said.

Israeli soldiers and policemen alerted to the site the moment the hostilities began used crowd-dispersal means and took action to stop the clash, prevent the arson and stop the settlers from throwing stones, the spokesman stated, adding that the video clip provides only a “very partial picture” of the event.

Several incidents have been caught on film this year in which West Bank settlers hurled rocks at Palestinians, with soldiers watching them without intervening.

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