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Wadi al-Qalt: Settler intrudes upon home, leaves and throws stones at it

On 24 October 2021, a settler walked uninvited into the Ka’abneh family home in the community of Wadi al-Qalt in Jericho District. The only person in the room he entered was an eight-year-old girl, who was startled and began shouting. The settler left the house and started throwing stones at it. When other community residents arrived, he fled and they called the Israel Police. Police officers who arrived suggested the residents file a complaint at the police station in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

Khallet Makhul, Jordan Valley: Police detain community resident after settlers accuse her of throwing stones at them. Two days later, settlers attack her home

On 18 October 2021, at around 12:30 P.M., several settlers passed by the house of Najiyah Bsharat (44) with about 200 heads of cattle on their way to pastureland nearby. The settlers entered into a confrontation with Najiyah’s children, and she came out of the house when she heard the commotion. At that point, a police car arrived and the settlers accused Basharat of throwing stones at them. The officers arrested Bsharat and took her to the Binyamin police station. Her husband drove after her with their three-month-old daughter and an activist who was there. The officers at the station questioned Bsharat and allowed her to nurse the baby. They then gave the baby back to her father and detained the mother at the station. Bsharat was only transferred to the Palestinian DCO after midnight, and from there she was sent home.

On 20 October 2021, at around 10:00 P.M., settlers attacked Najiyah Bsharat’s home with stones and fled in a car towards the settlement of Hemdat, which was established about 2.5 kilometers from the community.

Settlers throwing stones at the ‘Eid family home. Photo courtesy of the family.
Settlers throwing stones at the ‘Eid family home. Photo courtesy of the family.

Burin, Nablus District: Dozens of settlers stone the ‘Eid family home

On 6 November 2021, at around 4:15 P.M., dozens of settlers stoned the home of the ‘Eid family, who has been suffering from repeated settler attacks. About a dozen soldiers who arrived at the scene fired tear gas canisters at residents who came to defend the home and threw stones at the settlers to drive them away. The settlers and soldiers then retreated from the area.  

One of the villagers was injured in his arm by a stone thrown by a settler and was taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where a cast was placed on his arm. Two other residents were lightly injured by stones. 

Muntasser a-Najar in his family’s metal workshop. Photo courtesy of the witness.
Muntasser a-Najar in his family’s metal workshop. Photo courtesy of the witness.

Burin, Nablus District: A settlement security coordinator “arrested” a Burin resident and “turned him in” to soldiers for no reason. He was released only three days later.

On 9 Oct. 2020, settlers attacked a home in Burin. Soldiers enabled the assault and fired tear gas and stun grenades at residents who came to the family’s defense. Two settlement security coordinators entered the village in their jeeps and chased four residents. When a young man passed by in his car, one of them attacked him, handcuffed him and “turned him in” to the soldiers. Read More

A man stands where the soldier stood when he shot Muhammad Hassan, who was on the house’s roof. Photo by Salma a-Deb’i, B’Tselem, 5 July 2021
A man stands where the soldier stood when he shot Muhammad Hassan, who was on the house’s roof. Photo by Salma a-Deb’i, B’Tselem, 5 July 2021

Qusrah, Nablus district: Muhammad Hassan attempted to defend his brother's house from an invasion of settlers and soldiers – and paid for it with his life

On 3 July 2021, settlers escorted by soldiers stoned homes in Qusrah, southeast of Nablus. The soldiers did not lift a finger to stop the attack, and the villagers tried to defend themselves by throwing stones. At one point, a soldier shot Muhammad Hassan in the shoulder, who was trying to defend his brother's home by throwing stones from its roof. As in other cases, in this instance too, settler violence is not a local, sporadic initiative but, rather, part of Israel's policy. Read more

Burin, Nablus District: Settlers stone home and break olive tree branches; Soldiers escorting them stand by

On 11 September 2021, at around 4:00 P.M., about 20 settlers stoned the Soufan family on the southern side of the village of Burin while several soldiers and a settlement security guard stood by. The settlers smashed the solar panels of a sun boiler on the roof of the house, a water container and the windshield of a car belonging to one of the villagers. During their retreat, the settlers broke the branches of 17 olive trees tens of meters from the attacked home.

Central Hebron: Settler and soldier violence and police harassment of Palestinian family who dares to complain

On 6 Aug. 2021, Around midnight, settlers stoned Palestinian homes in front of soldiers. The residents called the Israel Police, and officers and other soldiers arrived. The stone-throwing ceased, following which the soldiers came to a family’s home and attacked two young occupants, aged 17 and 19, - beating and arresting them with severe violence. The elder son lost consciousness from the force of the blows. Police twice summoned the younger son – a minor – for questioning, but when he arrived, he was told he was not needed and sent home. Read more

Settlers attacking the ‘Eid family’s home. Photo courtesy of the family
Settlers attacking the ‘Eid family’s home. Photo courtesy of the family

Burin, Nablus District: Settlers stone home and torch 29 olive trees; soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinians trying to defend themselves

On 16 October 2021, around midday, about 30 settlers escorted by soldiers arrived at the village of Burin. The settlers, some of whom were masked, stoned the ‘Eid family’s home. When villagers came to the area to fend off the settlers, the soldiers fired tear gas canisters at them. Meanwhile, settlers set fire to nearby fields and burned down 29 olive trees belonging to village residents. The settlers then withdrew towards the outpost of Sneh Yaakov (Givat Ronen), which was established in 1999 about 400 meters from the ‘Eid family’s home. This is the seventh attack on the family’s home B’Tselem has documented since June 2020. 

חיילים ליד בית משפחת עיד. התמונה באדיבות המשפחה
Soldiers near the ‘Eid family’s home. Photo courtesy of the family 

Settlers attack homes, one with live fire; soldiers shoot at Palestinians trying to defend their property

On 10 Sep. 2021, settlers escorted by soldiers threw stones at ‘Abd al-Jawad and Maha al-Ja’bari’s home in Hebron. When Palestinians threw stones to fend them off, a soldier opened fire at the Palestinians, who fled. The soldiers entered the house and another one to search for the Palestinians, while doing nothing to stop the settlers’ ongoing assault. When the settlers returned to Kiryat Arba, one of them passed by the Abu S’eifan family’s home and fired several live shots at it. Read more

Beit Hadassah, central Hebron: Settlers clashing with Palestinian youths on street stone nearby home

On 1 October 2021, at around 3:00 P.M., about 10 settlers, some of them masked, gathered on the roof of the Beit Hadassah settlement in central Hebron. They started arguing with young Palestinians who were passing by on the street, and the confrontation escalated into mutual stone-throwing. After the Palestinian youths fled, the settlers noticed Narmin Abu Haya (16), whose parents are B’Tselem volunteers, filming the incident from the window of her home. They began throwing stones at the house, in full view of the soldiers at a nearby guard post. This time, the attack on the Abu Haya home ended without casualties or damage to property

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