Settlers Shoot, Injure Herdsman in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, February 2, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian teenager who works as a sheep herder was Monday shot and injured by armed Israeli settlers in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabir.

17-year-old Mohammad Barkan from East Jerusalem said he was looking after his herd of sheep when armed settlers opened fire at him without any prior provocation.

Barkan sustained a fracture in his right foot and a wound in the leg, for which his case required immediate surgery, said Munther Shawar, a physician supervising Barkan’s case.

Settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and in most cases they evade accountability. The settlers’ violence includes stone attacks, verbal abuse of Palestinians, attacks on farming lands, property arsons, and uprooting of trees and crops.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill the responsibility of protecting Palestinians residents against settler violence, and do not do enough to prevent settlers from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.

“The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory. Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions.”

B’Tselem has documented many similar acts including the blocking of roads, throwing stones at cars and houses, making incursions into Palestinian villages and land, torching fields, uprooting trees, and other damage to property.