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Illegal Israeli settlers' attacks on Palestinians in Hebron include beatings, property damage, throwing of stones, eggs, and even bottles of urine

B'Tselem report: Hebron settlers out of control 

Date: 19 / 10 / 2007 Time: 14:04

Bethlehem - Ma'an - 

Attacks by illegal Israeli settlers and Israeli occupation security forces on Palestinian residents in Hebron have increased exponentially, according to a new report published by the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem.

The report said settler attacks often take place in full view of Israeli occupation forces who do nothing to prevent them.

Many of the attacks take place around a new illegal Israeli settlement that was established in the Palestinian neighborhood of Al-Ras in March. According to B'Tselem, the colony has grown despite an order by the Israeli occupation government "defense" minister to evacuate the new outpost.

The new illegal Israeli settlement is connected to the electricity grid and construction has continued at the site.

Since the establishment of the settlement, attacks on Palestinians have risen sharply. B'Tselem document numerous incidences of physical violence and verbal abuse perpetrated by both settlers and Israeli security forces.

These attacks included beatings, property damage, and the throwing of stones, eggs, and even bottles of urine.

B'Tselem : Settler violence on the rise in Hebron 

Friday October 19, 2007 11:33 by Colin Bell - 1 of International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC Editorial Group roma114 at hotmail dot com

The Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, reports that settler violence in the West Bank city of Hebron has increased in recent months and Israeli security forces do little to combat the problem.

Researchers from B'Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights say that there has been a sharp rise in the number of reported attacks on Palestinians by illegal Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces. They point to the establishment in Hebron of the new illegal Israeli settlement in the Palestinian Al-Ras district as the main reason for the deteriorating situation.

The illegal Israeli settlement was set up in March 2007 and in the months that have passed since then it has grown, despite the decision of the Defence Minister at the time that it be evacuated. It is now connected to the electricity grid and renovation work is being done. There are no signs of an evacuation.

Since the illegal settlement was established there have been scores of cases in which illegal Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinians living in the area. The attacks include beatings, blocking of rights of way, destruction of property, the throwing of stones, eggs, refuse, bottles and urine, spitting, threats, and urinating from structures in the settlement.

Many of these incidents have taken place in front of the Israel occupation soldiers assigned to protect the illegal settlement, yet they rarely take any action, a common attitude in Hebron.


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