General, Occupied Territories
PRESS RELEASE | February 20 2014
A youth who was involved in a previous incident in which extreme rightists were captured in the village of Qusra can be seen in the video threatening violence against the Palestinians of Turmus Ayya. This incident followed a tense morning which began with the discovery that 700 seedlings had been uprooted in Turmus Ayya.
This morning (February 19th), the Palestinians of Turmus Ayya discovered that their tree seedlings had been uprooted in the area of the village adjacent to the outpost of Adei Ad. Initial reports indicated that around 700 trees were uprooted. In the wake of the incident, enraged Palestinians set out to destroy an old building that extremist settlers have taken control of, which the villagers’ claim sits on Palestinian land. Settlers also arrived at the location, and a confrontation ensued.
During the confrontation, Rabbis for Human Rights field worker, Zakaria Sadah, recognized one of the extreme rightist activists who had previously been captured by Palestinians after attempting to attack the village of Qusra. Sadah and other Palestinians had protected the settlers from angry village youths who had captured the extreme rightist activists. This time, Sadah recognized one of the same extreme rightist activists raising a stick and threatening the Palestinians, and documented the incident.
IDF soldiers broke up the confrontation and prevented escalation. We applaud the soldiers for their actions and call on security forces to prevent the ongoing abuse and systematic discrimination that heightens tensions and volatility in the West Bank. As our sages knew, “The sword comes upon the world because of justice delayed and justice perverted; and because of those that teach Torah not according to Halacha.”
WATCH: Video of extreme rightist activist threatening Palestinians
WATCH: Video of soldiers preventing confrontation
Below: photos of the building taken over by the extremists.
Photo and video credit: Zakaria Sadah, Rabbis for Human Rights