19-year-old Jewish Shepherd Says He Was Attacked by Palestinians in West Bank

Incident takes place near West Bank settlement of Kokhav Hashahar on Monday, with man taken to Jerusalem hospital for treatment

The settlement of Kokhav Hashahar in the West Bank.
Michal Fattal

A Jewish shepherd says he was attacked by Palestinians on Monday as he was herding sheep near his hometown of Kokhav Hashahar, a settlement in the West Bank.

Other settlers living in the settlement claimed the Palestinians threw rocks at the shepherd, who is 19. One even threatened him with a knife, the shepherd said. The Palestinians fled when the shepherd called for help, he added.

The shepherd was treated on the scene for injuries to his head, chest and arms. Settlers took him to a nearby police station, but because of his injuries he was taken for further treatment to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem.

The hospital has not issued a comment on the man’s condition.

According to the settlers, rocks were also thrown at an Israeli security vehicle.

The police confirmed that the shepherd had been brought to the police station, but said no complaint had been filed as yet because the man had been immediately evacuated to Hadassah for treatment.

The police added that no one has been arrested as yet.