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Hebron Settlers attack Palestinian Home - as revenge for their eviction by Israeli police
BRIGHTON TUBAS FRIENDSHIP AND SOLIDARITY GROUP
PRESS RELEASE (passed on by ISM email)
NOVEMBER 3RD - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Members of the Brighton-Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group (BTFSG)
and International Solidarity Movement (ISM) are joining local
Palestinians in Hebron who are defending a house under attack by
Israeli settlers from Kharsema settlement.
They are sleeping at the house of a Palestinian family who live close
to the ruins of the Federman Farms settlement outpost that was
evacuated last week by the Israeli army. Settler violence and
harassment of Palestinian residents has increased this week after
settlers clashed with Israeli police over the eviction and reoccupied
several Palestinian homes.
Last week armed Israeli settlers came to the house and tried to set
fire to it, and since then the Palestinian family have been subjected
to threats, intimidation and stone throwing .
Last night, three members of BTFSG slept in the house. This morning 15
settlers, carrying guns, came to the house. First the settlers
attacked a 65 year old Palestinian woman, who was walking with the aid
of a zimmer frame. The settlers pushed her over and kicked her with
the result that she had to be taken to hospital. They then turned on
the internationals. The international who was filming the attack on
the woman, a 23 year old man from Brighton, was pushed to the ground
and kicked in the head. His glasses and the camers were smashed. He
has gone to a Palestinian hospital for medical attention. An Israeli
woman from Rabbis for Human Rights, a group campaigning against
settler violence, was assaulted and her face so badly cut that she was
taken to hospital. Other members of BTFSG were pushed, punched and
To justify their attacks, the settlers have fabricated a story that
the Palestinians stole 3 of their mules and have threatened to return.
There are at the moment 8 internationals in the house ready to film
the threatened attack, and about 10 Palestinians.
The Israeli police have refused to attend the scene unless there is an
attack, so the Palestinians have been left with no protection. The
Israeli army, who have a large presence in the area, likewise is not
protecting the Palestinians from attack.
Hebron has been the scene of escalating settler violence over the last
few days. On Friday a group of settlers attacked a Palestinian house.
On Sunday afternoon a peaceful demonstration by Palestinian residents
of Hebron asking for more access to their city was attacked by
settlers who burned Palestinian flags and protesters banners.On Sunday
evening settlers pelted a Palestinian house with stones. The increased
violence is linked to the attempted eviction.
Interviews and Photos and Video of the Attacks are available
For more info call Katie on 00972598581762 or Jamie 00972598581764 in
Hebron or 07984438655 for BTFSG in Brighton
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