HEBRON, September 16, 2014 – (WAFA) – Two Israeli settlers attacked Sunday two internationals and a Palestinian shepherd near At Tuwani to the south of Hebron, said Operation Dove in a press release issued Monday.
The organization said that on September 14, two Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd and two international near the illegal Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair, South Hebron hills area. During the aggression the settlers stole from the internationals their video cameras and broke one of their phones. Israeli police detained the Palestinian shepherd and one of the internationals for six hours. There were no consequences for the settlers.
At about 9:00 a.m. four Palestinian shepherds from the South Hebron hills village of Qawawis were grazing their flocks accompanied by two internationals on Palestinian owned land nearby the Israeli outpost. Two settlers from Mitzpe Yair crossed a closed area (where the access is forbidden to everyone) in order to attack a Palestinian shepherd, starting to chase away his flock. The two internationals present taped the scene.
Afterwards the settlers assaulted the internationals; at first they grabbed by the neck one international and knocked him down, they snatched his camera and broke his phone; subsequently the settlers attacked the other one twisting her arm and also seized her camera. When the settlers ran back to the outpost holding the stolen cameras, the Palestinian and the internationals went to Qawawis village.
The Israeli police came to the Palestinian village and asked the shepherd and the international that was attacked to follow them to the Israeli Police station in illegal Kiryat Arba settlement after a settler claimed that they threw stones at him. The Police officers detained both of them for six hours and questioned them about the incident. Israeli police released them at 5:00 p.m. without consequences.
The South Hebron hills area has been suffering from the Israeli settlers’ ]attacks[ since the 70’s. Eight Israeli settlements and outposts (among which Mitzpe Yair) almost isolate 16 Palestinian villages from the rest of West Bank. The settlers’ violence includes also overt violent attacks on Palestinians and their animals, damages of private properties, limitations to freedom of movement with consequences on their daily life.
Since the beginning of 2014 Operation Dove registered the arrests of 15 Palestinians, including minors, because they were on lands near the settlements. During the same period there were no consequences for Israeli settlers involved in the incidents occurred in the area.
In spite of the violence suffered by the Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills area, they are keeping on grazing and farming on their lands resisting in a nonviolent way the Israeli occupation.
Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.
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