JERUSALEM, October 11, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian youth Sunday sustained light burns after being pepper-sprayed by three Israeli settlers in Jerusalem city.
The youth, who was working at one of the shops at Jaffa Road, one of the longest and oldest major streets in Jerusalem, was attacked by three female settlers, causing him minor burns. The Israeli police claimed the attackers were apprehended.
For the past couple of weeks, settlers went on a revenge rampage against Palestinians and their properties following the killing of four Israelis by Palestinian suspects.
This came as tension mounted across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault on al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, particularly its growing attempts to enforce a temporal division on the site between Muslims and Jews.
The situation has also been significantly deteriorating since the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home on July 31, which was carried out by Jewish settlers. The Duma attack left 4-year-old Ahmad orphaned, after his toddler brother, Ali; father, Sa’ed and mother, Reham, lost their lives.
According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights center, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”
The center said, “The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory,” adding, “Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions.”