Settlers Attack Palestinian Family Harvesting Olives in West Bank

הגר שיזף
Hagar Shezaf
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The Palestinian woman attacked in the West Bank today.
The Palestinian woman attacked in the West Bank today.Credit: Yesh Din
הגר שיזף
Hagar Shezaf

A Palestinian family was attacked by about 40 settlers on Friday while harvesting olives in the West Bank village of Yasuf, the Israeli rights group Yesh Din said.

The assailants hurled stones at the family and pepper-sprayed one of the women, who said the attackers also stole items including her ID card, Yesh Din said in a statement.

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According to one family member, Yusuf Hamudi, the settlers stoned his car, smashing the windshield, before fleeing. The police arrived and detained four settlers, Hamudi said, and they have since opened an investigation into the incident. 

The car that was stoned, this morning.

Hamudi said this was the first time the family had experienced such violence during the harvest.

On Saturday too, settlers were also filmed attacking a Palestinian home in the village of Burin near the Givat Ronen outpost in the West Bank. The settlers threw stones at the house and also started a fire nearby. Following this, Palestinians and the settlers threw more stones at each other. 

Two Palestinians were lightly injured and treated at the scene, where about 30 settlers were present.  Palestinian witnesses also reported that the army used stun grenades only against them once they arrived to deal with the incident.

The IDF released a statement saying that they received a report about arson and stone-throwing and sent forces to disperse those involved. They said that their soldiers were subsequently "attacked with stones by Palestinians." The statement added that "the video posted on social media does not reflect everything that occurred nor the actions of our soldiers."

There have been 17 violent incidents involving settlers since the beginning of the harvest in October, Yesh Din said. In five of these cases, settlers cut or burned olive trees, and in seven cases Israelis harvested olive trees belonging to Palestinians. In the other cases, the harvest was disturbed or Palestinians were blocked from their land.

Also on Friday, a 17-year-old settler was attacked by Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills and taken to the hospital in moderate condition, according to the local regional council. One suspect was detained and the investigation is ongoing. 

The council said the teenager was herding sheep near the settlement of Ma'on when eight Palestinians from the West Bank village of al-Tuwani attacked him with clubs and fled. The boy was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva and later released.

The settlers who set the fire in Burin on Saturday.
The fires set by the settlers near the village of Burin on Saturday.

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