“They used these clubs to hit Samicha”. For more pictures please visit our Facebook Album.
On Wednesday April 11th was Samicha Jihad Nawajaa attacked by a number of settlers. This attack took place under the open eyes of the security forces. The police did not do its job and did not come to investigate the case. During photographing the location of the attack we discovered a settlers’ invasion to Palestinian lands.
On Wednesday, Arill 11th, Samicha went out in the morning to shepherd her flock on the Nawajas’ lands in Rujum. At around 8:30-9:00 AM, as she rested with the flock in an area filled with olive trees, she saw seven settlers with covered faces advancing towards her, beginning to throw rocks at her as they advanced. Samicha began to run away, taking her herd with her, in the direction of the Wadi. But the settlers caught her. Three of them brandished clubs made of pipes and hoses. They used these clubs to hit Samicha. She tried to get away from the blows, but could not avoid all of them. She was hurt in the area of her left eye, in her right elbow, on the right side of her lung area and on the back of her neck. One of her teeth was broken. Pictures are attached. Samicha did not have a telephone with her at the time of the attack, but the residents of the nearby tent encampment heard her cries and ran towards her, and the attacks immediately fled. It is important to note that the place of attack is found directly under a watch tower, perhaps 300 meters or so, making it impossible to miss the site of attack. The residents heard the soldier from the watch tower call to the settlers to go home, but he did no more than that to prevent the attack.
Nasser was not there, but as soon as he heard, he called the Captain of the Civil Administration, Shadi, and the Police. Shadi and Nabeel arrived at the site. An army medic checked Samicha and one of the soldiers said, “there is no need for her to go to the police, her husband hit her.” Shadi and Nabeel asked Nasser (who had arrived as well) to go back to the tent encampment and tell them that “they don’t want friction.” They added: “the Police will come to your encampment to collect testimonies.” After some 40 minutes had gone by, following the notice to the police and their delay in arrived,Nasser called again. The answer this time was “the police car is one the way” but until this moment, the police have not arrived! Nasser is planning to turn, on Sunday, together with Samicha, to the police station in Hebron to file a complaint.
In the framework of our arrival today, we went up in the direction of the settlements so as to photograph the place of attack and the closed territories in the Wadi, which I understand are closed to everyone, their fate resting in the hands of the Court. It seems that despite this status, the settlers go down into the lands and work them. It seems that grassing was done in the area, and there is even maintenance in place, included fences, poles and wires for the grapes. For more pictures please visit our Facebook Album.