Video Shows Settlers Throwing Stones at Palestinian Home in West Bank

Meanwhile, settlers and Palestinians dispute over a suspected arson of olive grove

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Screenshot from the video footage showing masked settlers attacking a Palestinian house in Kufr Yasuf, West Bank, June 5, 2019.
Screenshot from the video footage showing masked settlers attacking a Palestinian house in Kufr Yasuf, West Bank, June 5, 2019. Credit:
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Fifteen masked settlers attacked a Palestinian family's home on Wednesday in the West Bank village of Kufr Yasuf, video footage obtained by an Israeli NGO shows.

According to an investigation by human rights organization Yesh Din, the settlers entered the village from the direction of Tapuah outpost. They threw rocks and cement blocks at the family's home while they were inside, breaking its windows, as well as the family car's windshield, which they tried to set on fire.

The Israeli army entered the village, confirming that damage was done to the house. It said it is investigating the incident.

Security footage of the attack in Kufr Yasuf, West Bank

In a video from the house's security cameras, some ten people are seen walking up the driveway, carrying large rocks. They are then seen hurling stones at the car, the house, and the security camera.

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Also Wednesday, a large fire erupted in groves reportedly belonging to settlers between the settlement of Shilo and the Jewish outpost Ahiya in the center of the West Bank. A Palestinian was evacuated for medical treatment after inhaling smoke.

According to the Israeli fire department, two fires were started simultaneously and people were seen fleeing the scene, causing them to believe that it was a case of arson.

Mahmoud Al-Hamad, a resident of Jalud, said that the fire was started in his olive grove, unlike claims by settlers. "It's a grove of very old trees, from my grandfather's time. This is the third time it is set on fire by settlers. We went down from the village to see what was going on, and saw Israeli cars as well as security cars of the nearby settlements. We started putting off the fire with our hands."

Al-Hamad said some 400 trees in his grove burnt down, out of approximately 1,500. He added that on Wednesday morning, children from the village said they were attacked by settlers, who later continued on to set fire to the grove.

According to Al-Hamad, "In 2013, the exact same thing happened. They entered the school and then burnt my trees. I filed a complaint at the time." He added that there is a video of Wednesday's incident, where masked settlers are seen in the school, carrying jugs. 

On Tuesday, Cherry orchards belonging to settlements in the West Bank were burnt in another suspected act of arson. According to settlers, incendiary devices were found at the scene.

Also Tuesday, a soldier who was filmed setting on fire a field belonging to Palestinians near Nablus was arrested. The soldier did so while he was off-duty but was carrying his military weapon. A source reported that the soldier is a resident of the Jewish settlement Har Bracha. The military suspended the soldiers two weeks ago for an investigation of the incident.

In April, ten masked settlers were documented hurling rocks at the home of a family in the West Bank village of Urif. The Israeli army confirmed that "friction" occurred, but no arrests were made.      

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