Settlers Assaulted Palestinian, Israeli Soldiers Dispersed Rescuers, Rights Group Says

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Settlers attack a Palestinian in Jalud with stones and sticks, yesterday.
Settlers attack a Palestinian in Jalud with stones and sticks, yesterday. Credit: Screenshot from Yesh Din's Twitter account

A group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian in the West Bank village of Jalud on Saturday afternoon, the human rights organization Yesh Din reported. Two Israeli soldiers who reached the scene fired stun grenades at the Jalud residents who came to the Palestinian's aid.

According to a Yesh Din field researcher, the settlers came from the direction of the nearby Esh Kodesh outpost and attacked the Jalud resident, who is in his 50s, outside his home. A second group of settlers, whose faces were covered, began attacking him as well, throwing rocks and beating him with sticks.

Credit: Lior Amihai / Yesh Din

Two soldiers arrived at the scene shortly after the attackers fired stun grenades at Jalud residents who tried to help the Palestinian. He was evacuated for medical care and suffered various injuries.

Yesh Din Executive Director Lior Amihai said that "Violent settlers are continuing to act with the support of the state and the army to harm Palestinians, to restrict their liberty and to try to expel them from their lands."

During the attack, Jalud's mayor and a Palestinian electrician were in the area to fix a utility pole that had been damaged a few months ago in what is suspected to be an act of settler violence.

The police said that a man suspected of the assault had been arrested. "A violent incident took place over Shabbat at the entrance to the village of Jaloud, where a number of masked suspects were seen attacking Palestinians with batons, sticks and stones."

"Last night, one of the suspects, a 19-year-old resident of Judea and Samaria, was arrested on suspicion of assault and causing damage, damage to property and throwing an object at a person or property. This morning his detention was extended by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court until April 7. The investigation into the incident is ongoing."

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