Israelis Throw Stones at Palestinian Village as IDF Soldiers Stand By

A video taken by human rights organization Yesh Din shows a group of 15 Israelis throwing stones in the West Bank. Several soldiers were nearby but none of them took action

Yotam Berger
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Israeli soldiers were filmed standing by while Israelis threw stones toward Burin, a Palestinian village south of Nablus in the West Bank on Saturday.  

The video, taken on Saturday by members of the human rights organization Yesh Din, shows about 15 Israelis throwing stones at a house on the outskirts of the village. Several soldiers are seen walking a few meters away without taking action against the stone throwers, despite the fact that in the West Bank, soldiers are authorized to detain Israelis for committing offences before police forces arrive to the scene.

According to Palestinian reports, the stone throwers originated from the outpost of Givat Ronen, which is located near Yitzhar, a settlement known for its radicalism. Meanwhile, local Palestinian residents said 18 olive trees had been cut down in Burin.

Israeli settlers throw stones toward Burin, September 1, 2018Credit: Haaretz

Several such incidents, during which settlers threw stones at Palestinians or left-wing activists while soldiers stood by, have taken place over the past year.

In August, four activists from the Israeli-Palestinian anti-occupation group Ta'ayush were attacked in the South Hebron Hills. The activists were documenting illegal construction in the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Mitzpe Yair when at least ten settlers attacked them and threw them to the ground.

The West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus.

According to the testimony of the activists, settlers and/or other Israeli Jews, male and female, kicked them, beat them, and “threw us down” a slope, on the rocky ground. They saw four or five soldiers standing by, and said some of the settlers were masked.

One of the activists, Michal Peleg, spoke to Haaretz recalling, "the soldiers didn’t manage to prevent them from coming near us, although they wanted to. But they just stood there helpless,” she said.