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PRESS RELEASE | January 20 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014, according to reports from Palestinians, dozens of settlers from Itamar attacked Palestinians in the agricultural area of the Palestinian village Beit Furik. The Palestinians had to prevent the settlers from vandalizing their olive trees. The incident ended with only minor injuries after intervention of the army.
Photo credits: Zakaria Sadah from Rabbis for Human Rights
The first video shows two settlers and a young Palestinian man trying to break-up the fighting and reconcile without violence. His efforts are met with shoves, stone-throwing, punches and kicks.
The second video shows young settlers throwing stones among olive trees which can be identified as Palestinian agricultural land by the way the trees are planted.
In the third video, we see an armed settler, apparently one of the security coordinators of the settlements. A second security coordinator can be heard arguing with the officer of the area about how to handle the incident and advises him not to act against the settlers but against the Palestinians – overheard by Rabbis for Human Rights field worker Zakaria Sadah.
In the fourth video (filmed by Zakaria from Rabbis for Human Rights), we see a rabbi or older religious man alongside the extreme right-wing youth, directing them, or at least acting as an authority figure in the field and not opposing their actions.
Rabbis for Human Rights’ response: “The continuing cases of attacks against Palestinians by extreme right-wing activists are testing the security forces as to whether or not they will stop this dangerous phenomenon and invest the necessary increased resources.”
We will continue to track this issue and pressure the security forces to protect the rights of Palestinians, and we will continue to fight for the recognition of human rights in general, which will decrease violence in the entire area. As our ancestors already knew – the sword comes to the world due to injustice and suffering.
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