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RHR worker defends extremists

7 Comments 08 January 2014


Photo: Settlers who entered the village of Qusra and were caught are transferred to the army by Palestinians. Credit: Zacharia Sada, RHR Palestinian field worker

Palestinians from the village of Qusra reported yesterday (January 7) that they captured and detained eight settlers from the nearby illegal outpost Esh Kodesh after they entered the village in an apparent “price tag” attack. The attempted attack was apparently precipitated by the IDF dismantling structures in the settlers’ outpost.  The Palestinians called in the Israeli security forces in addition to calling RHR’s Palestinian field worker Zacharia Sada, believing he could help resolve the situation as swiftly and as safely as possible.  Additionally, the villagers called another Palestinian field worker from the Israeli NGO Yesh Din. The two workers rushed to the scene where they, along with a Palestinian Authority worker and other villagers attempted to stop any fighting between the two parties–specifically, between the settlers and enraged youngsters from the village.

Ultimately the Palestinians transferred the settlers they caught to the Israeli forces. Zacharia, RHR’s Palestinian field worker, the field worker from Yesh Din, village residents and other human rights activists managed to facilitate a swift, smooth and safe resolution to the affair and calm tempers.

It is our belief that Zacharia’s presence and participation prevented a dangerous situation from getting out of hand. We are proud of him and all who helped diffuse the situation. Their behavior exemplifies RHR’s greatest mandate that every human being, no matter how hateful his actions,  is deserving of protection and justice, and honors our deepest conviction that within all human beings is the image of God.

RHR is glad to be a name the Palestinians know they can turn to in times of need and threat. Nevertheless, we call on the IDF to do more to prevent these types of incidents in the future, specifically, by increasing security after demolitions in outposts. As the occupiers of this area, the army is mandated to protect the people who live there. The responsibility of handling both civil and security matters falls flatly on the shoulders of the IDF and should not be the responsibility of NGOs like RHR and Yesh Din.

Finally, we thank our partners from Yesh Din, who provide the residents with legal aid and collect testimonies about violence. Lawyers from RHR are handling similar files from the nearby village of Jalud, which also suffers from the extremists from Esh Kodesh.

*Note: RHR received an unprecedented amount of Hebrew media coverage from this event. To view, including Zacharia on a Channel 2 news interview with Oded Ben-Ami, please see our Hebrew site coverage here.

English language media coverage:

Haaretz: Jewish settlers caught and beaten after trespassing in Palestinian village

Ynet: West Bank Palestinians say protected settlers from locals’ revenge

JPost: Elder Palestinians protect settlers from lynching in West Bank village

972Mag: Palestinians catch settlers allegedly attempting ‘price tag’ attack

Price tag event on land near Yitzhar seemingly in response to capture of Esh Kodesh extremists

A Palestinian from the village of Madama reports that this morning (January 8) there was an attempted arson of a car and spraying of slogans in the Palestinian village near Yitzhar. The slogans that were spray-painted, “Regards from Esh Kodesh” and “Revenge,” indicate an intention to avenge the capture of a price tag gang from the outpost of Esh Kodesh that tried to attack the village of Qusra yesterday, was caught by the Palestinians and handed over to the security forces.


The arsonists did not cause graver damage to the cars because they were surprised by the Palestinian, a restaurant owner, who woke up early for work. The Palestinian also reported that he tried to block the assailants as they escaped, and they tried to run him down with their car. He said he was upset and frightened and the incident happened very quickly, so he could not take down the license plate number.



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  1. Abigail says:

    I read at Mondoweiss that the settlers managed to attack a Palestinian child. It is time these Jewish extremists if not plain sociopaths are being restrained.

    I must say that the fact they were roughed up a bit is nothing to what they normally do and intend to do to innocent people only because the latter are gentiles and Arabs and thus goyim. They normally act with impunity and/or help from the IDF and/or border police.

    The fact that the villagers prevented things from getting worse attests to their levelheadedness and humaneness. Something one is unable to say of those pseudo-orthodox Jewish extremists/racists/criminals.

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