Israeli settlers raid two Palestinian communities, assault shepherds in Kh. Jab’it & Qabun,16.2.2020
On 16 February 2020, in the early afternoon, about ten settlers came to the community of Khirbet Jab’it in the Ramallah District. They went from tent to tent, saying they were “looking for stolen sheep.” A half-hour later, the same group, using the same pretext, came to the community of Qabun, located about a kilometer away. Later that day, close to 9:00 P.M., settlers again descended on both these communities - some armed and carrying clubs. They went into a livestock pen and threatened the shepherds who hurried over. In Qabun, three shepherds were attacked with clubs. One of them, 60-year-old Hassan al-Kabash, was hit in the head and taken to a Ramallah hospital to have the wounds stitched. The other two suffered bruising. A total of eleven families make up the sister communities of Khirbet Jaba’it and Qabun. The two communities, where residents make their living from shepherding, share a traditional bond of solidarity and friendship. About 15 years ago, a settler took over the area that lies between their two hamlets and set up a livestock pen, tents and shacks, disconnecting the communities.