Palestinians Attacked After Pro-settler March in West Bank

In the West Bank city of Jenin, armed residents were called to assist Palestinians residing in the nearby village of Burqa who were reportedly assaulted by settlers

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Tombstones that were reportedly smashed in the West Bank village of Burqa by settlers, December 23, 2021.
Tombstones that were reportedly smashed in the West Bank village of Burqa by settlers, December 23, 2021.

Palestinians said they were attacked Thursday evening by settlers, after some 10,000 pro-settlement protesters marched near the West Bank outpost of Homesh, protesting plans to dismantle a yeshiva there.

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Burqa said the settlers hurled stones at two houses in the village, and physically assaulted residents. One Palestinian resident was hospitalized.

Some settlers also entered the village and smashed tombstones there, according to the residents.

A Palestinian from Burqa who was hospitalized after settles attacked him in the West Bank, December

Burqa residents were called on to fend off the violent settlers. In the West Bank city of Jenin, armed residents were also called to assist the villagers.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the attacks, stating that it holds "the Israeli government directly responsible for settler terrorism and its consequences."

After the pro-settlement march, clashes erupted between the Israeli army and Palestinians near Burqa, in which 42 Palestinians were wounded by rubber tipped bullets.

Protest march near Homesh, on Thursday.Credit: Amir Levy

The march was organized a week after one of the yeshiva's students, Yehuda Dimentman, was shot and killed by Palestinians who ambushed him.

Homesh had its residents evicted as part of Israel's 2005 disengagement plan and Israelis are banned from staying within its bounds.

The yeshiva in Homesh, operated by settlers, in practice serves as an illegal outpost. The site is located near several Palestinian villages and the temporary structures there are routinely demolished by police and army forces.

Ahead of the protest, the Israeli army stationed soldiers along the 9.5 km road where the protesters marched, as well as outside four Palestinian villages on their route. The entrances to the villages were blocked, and Palestinian cars were barred from driving on the road, which leads to Jenin.

Ethia, Yehuda Dimentman's widow, said in a statement, "The more people there are, the more it rains, the more challenging it is, would all make Yehuda happy. We invite the nation of Israel and all who regret not showing up today to come protest tomorrow."

Far-right lawmakers Avi Maoz, Orit Strock and Simcha Rothman participated in the pro-settlement march, as well as Religious Zionism chairman Bezalel Smotrich and MK Moshe Arbel from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

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