Settlers Attack Hebron Homes Under Army Protection

HEBRON, October 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers – backed by Israeli army soldiers –  late Saturday night attacked Palestinians’ homes in Wadi  al-Hasin area to the east of Hebron with stones, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said dozens of settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba, illegally built on land of Hebron, removed the barbered wire that separate the settlement from adjacent Palestinian homes  before attacking the homes with stones.

The settlers also shouted racist slogans and profanities against Palestinian families in the neighborhood.

A military escort was protecting the settlers at the time of the assault, which happened almost after midnight, the sources said.

Minutes after the assault, a number of local Palestinians rushed to the scene to confront the settlers and to force them out of the area, before they were attacked with smoke bombs by the Israeli army.

Violence by extremist Jewish settlers is commonplace. On July 31, a group of Jewish fanatics killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and seriously injured his entire family, during a predawn arson attack which targeted two homes in the village of Duma, south of Nablus.

The baby’s father, Sa’ad Dawabsheh, died of his wounds at an Israeli hospital about a week later, while his mother, Riham, 27, died of her wounds over a month after the incident.

Settlers recently stepped up their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, amid growing tension and renewing clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army and police.

Clashes have been witnessed across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as in Arab communities inside the occupied 1948 land, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults against al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Israel has been enforcing a temporal division on the compound, the third holiest place in Islam, which ignited strong feelings of anger among Palestinians.

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.