In a video released by a human rights organization on Saturday, Israeli settlers were seen throwing stones at a Palestinian man.
According to Yesh Din, a left-wing rights group documenting settler violence in the West Bank, the attack took place on a piece of land near a Palestinian house in the village of Jalud in the northern West Bank on Saturday afternoon. .
In the video, a masked man can be seen beating the man with a stick and throwing stones at him.
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Yesh Ding said the attackers came from the command of the Esh Kodesh outpost in the West Bank.
An @YeshDin field researcher reported that at approximately 13:15 today, a group of settlers walked down from the direction of the Esh Kodesh post and attacked a resident of Jalud who was on a piece of land near his home. pic.twitter.com/C2YpO6atlI
— Lior Amihai (@lioramihai) April 3, 2021
The attack occurred while an electrician in Palestine and the head of the Jalud village council were repairing utility poles. Human rights groups said that the settlers had been damaged a few months ago.
In another video released by Yesh Din, settlers can be seen tearing down a telephone pole.
The victim was a man in his fifties who was injured in the attack. It is not clear whether he is an electrician or the head of the village committee.
Israeli soldiers appeared on the scene and separated the two sides. Yesh Din said the troops fired stunned grenades at Jalud residents to help those who were attacked, which was not seen in the video.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “The incident of masked Jews attacking a Palestinian and throwing stones at him is serious and will be investigated. Those who throw stones will endanger lives. Defense agencies will take action against anyone. Help those who are trying to harm human life.”
MK Ahmad Tibi on the joint list and Nitzan Horovitz, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, also condemned the attack.
Last month, Jalud’s car and windows were stoned.
Abdullah Haj Mohammed, the head of the Jalud village council, said that there was no need to make a police complaint because “no one was investigating the incident.”
He said that due to frequent attacks, many residents have begun to install railings on their windows.
Following the death of a 16-year-old settler, Ahuvia Sandak, during a police chase in December, there has been a surge in settler violence against Palestinians in recent months. Allegedly, the car on which Sandak was riding crashed after it hit other Palestinians.
Last month, a group of about 10 masked persons (supposedly settlers) beat and threw stones at a Palestinian home in the West Bank. This was an attack captured by the family in video.
There has also been a deliberate incident of sabotage against Palestinians in the West Bank recently, and an incident occurred in Israel last month.
A Palestinian village near Jerusalem was destroyed last month after a suspected hate crime attack.
In early March, suspected hate crimes were committed in the village of Hawara in the West Bank. Residents claimed that Israeli settlers entered the community late at night and damaged vehicles and houses.
According to reports, the Israeli police launched an investigation into these three incidents.
Vandalism in the West Bank and attacks on Palestinians and Israeli security forces are often referred to as “price tag” attacks, with the perpetrators claiming that they are retaliation for Palestinian violence or government policies that are viewed as hostile to the settler movement .
The arrests of perpetrators are extremely rare, and human rights organizations lament that convictions are even rarer. In this case, most of the charges have been dropped.
In February, a 17-year-old Israeli settler was prosecuted for attacking Palestinian houses and property. The police said that when the family fell asleep, the defendant threw a grenade at two houses.