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News, December 2008
Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Civilians in Hebron, Burn Homes, Israeli Occupation Forces Attack Peace Activists Protesting the Settler Violence
Three Palestinians wounded in Na'lin weekly march
[ 06/12/2008 - 10:25 AM ]
Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded three Palestinians who were marching in a peaceful demonstration towards their confiscated land in Na'lin village west of Ramallah city.
The Na'lin village inhabitants marched in the streets of their town after the Friday congregation accompanied with foreign activists while holding placards denouncing the Israeli occupation authority's confiscation of their lands to build the separation wall.
The IOF soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets and gas canisters at the demonstrators when they approached their confiscated lands, wounding three including a ten-year-old child, while many others were treated for suffocation.
The village's popular committee, which organizes the marches on weekly basis, also denounced the Jewish settlers' attacks on the Palestinian civilians and their property especially in Al-Khalil (Hebron).
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers renew attacks on Palestinians in Al-Khalil
[ 06/12/2008 - 11:41 AM ]
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers from the Abraham settlement in Al-Khalil city on Saturday set fire to a Palestinian home after breaking into and ransacking it, local sources reported.
They said that a number of settlers stormed the home of Nidal Al-Eiwiwi and wreaked havoc in it then started fire in the house after leaving it.
The blaze destroyed a number of rooms before the fire brigade arrived and extinguished it. A number of citizens were treated for suffocation while trying to put off the fire due to the heavy smoke that billowed from the targeted home.
Herds of fanatic settlers have been waging destructive attacks on Palestinians in the Old City of Al-Khalil, mosques and property for the past five day with no serious intervention on the part of the Israeli occupation authority to curb the attackers.
Two residents of Jerusalem kidnapped during a protest against settler attacks in Hebron
The Arabs48 news website reported that dozens of Palestinian residents protested in Jerusalem on Friday against the escalating attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, especially in the city of Hebron.
The Israeli police and border guard units violently attacked the protesters in an attempt to disperse the protest.
An Israeli police spokesperson said that border guard policemen arrested two Palestinian youths during the clashes that erupted between the Palestinian protesters and the army.
Israeli sources reported that the army imposed further restrictions on Palestinians attempting to reach the Al Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that an Israeli occupation government police spokesperson in Jerusalem said that Palestinians under 45 were not allowed to attend the Friday prayers in Al Aqsa Mosque.
The spokesperson added that this step was taken in order “to prevent violence from spreading in the city”, Haaretz added.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Jerusalem called on Americans in the area not to enter Jerusalem, or use roads leading to it, the Arabs48 news website reported.
In Gaza, thousands of residents took to the streets to protest the escalating attacks carried out by settlers against Palestinians in Hebron.
Furthermore, in Amman, Jordan, thousands protested after Friday prayers and expressed solidarity with the Palestinians in Hebron and against the attacks carried out by the settlers and the Israeli Occupation Forces.
The illgal Israeli settlers who were removed by force from a Palestinian home said that they will retaliate and “will choose the right time to occupy fifty Palestinian homes for each home they get evacuated from”.
The settlers added that the current “calm” is temporary and that the “army of Barak” will not stop them from seeking vengeance against Palestinians in Hebron.
15 residents wounded in Hebron
Israeli sources reported that illegal Israeli settlers attacked dozens of Palestinian residents in the southern West Bank city of Hebron and opened fire at them wounding fifteen residents, including a father and his child.
The settlers also broke into more than ten Palestinian homes causing excessive damage.
The settlers were protesting against their evacuation from a Palestinian home they occupied last year that the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered them to evacuate.
The Israeli occupation army fully sealed off Hebron and barred the media from entering while the settles continued their attacks against the residents and their homes. The settlers also attacked Israeli soldiers and policemen. The settlers damaged and set ablaze a number of Palestinian homes, vehicles and olive trees.
As the army evacuated the settlers from the Palestinian home on Thursday, the settlers escalated their aggression and attacks. Nearly 40 people were hurt in clashes between police, settlers and Palestinians.
Illegal Israeli settlers “at war” with the Palestinians in Hebron
On Thursday, Palestinian sources in the city of Hebron, located in the southern part of the West Bank, reported that extremist Israeli settlers carried out a series of violent attacks against Arab residents and set a number of homes, cars and olive trees on fire.
The attacks were escalated after the army evacuated the settlers from the home of Al Rajabi, a Palestinian family, after the settlers illegally occupied the property since last year.
The sources stated that settlers, stationed in five illegal outposts in the Old City of Hebron, set ablaze two Palestinian homes and one shop in Wad Al-Hasseen area, close to Al-Rajabi home. The settlers also violently attacked a number of residents.
In Tal Rumaidia area, the settlers chased dozens of Palestinian children and hurled stones and empty bottles at a number of homes.
The settlers also attacked and attempted to break into another Palestinian home in an area adjacent to Al-Rajabi home while Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated bullets; several injuries were reported among the residents.
In Al-Sahla area, close to the Ibrahimi Mosque, a Palestinian child and her father were wounded after extremist settlers attacked and punched them.
The settlers also set a Palestinian firefighter vehicle on fire as the firefighters were attempting to extinguish several fires the settlers caused to Palestinian homes.
Hebron governor, Dr. Hussein Al-'Araj, held the Israeli occupation responsible for the violence in Hebron and demanded the army to put an end to the attacks carried out by the settlers and their supporters. Al-'Araj added that the areas in question are under Israeli security control; therefore it is the duty of the Israeli Defense Forces to protect the unarmed Palestinian residents and their property.
He also said that the Fourth Geneva Conventions clearly state that civilians and their property living under occupation should be protected at all times.
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