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Occupation routine: Settlers escorted by soldiers threaten Palestinians looking out of windows in central Hebron, 26 Nov. 2020

On Thursday night, 26 November 2020, at around 11:00 P.M., two settlers walked through the Jaber neighborhood in central Hebron with two soldiers escorting them, making noise. When reside...
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Occupation routine: Settlers escorted by soldiers threaten Palestinians looking out of windows in central Hebron, 26 Nov. 2020

On Thursday night, 26 November 2020, at around 11:00 P.M., two settlers walked through the Jaber neighborhood in central Hebron with two soldiers escorting them, making noise. When residents opened their windows to see what was happening, one of the settlers shouted at them to close the windows and threatened them with his gun. When a resident began filming the incident, the settler quickly hid the gun. In the footage, the settler is seen threatening to throw a stone at one of the houses, with a soldier preventing him.

In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-Ja’bari on 21 December 2020, neighborhood resident ‘Imad Jaber (25), a construction worker and father of a baby, recounted:

I live with my wife Yusra (20) and our daughter Julia (7 months) on the third floor of my family’s building, which lies on the main street leading to the settlement of Kiryat Arba, the Tomb of the Patriarchs (al-Haram al-Ibrahimi) and the Worshippers’ Way. The settlers run wild on the street and attack people all the time.

On Thursday, 26 November 2020, at around 11:00 P.M., I was sitting with my family when suddenly I heard shouting coming from the street. I ran over to the window and opened it. I saw two settlers, one in his forties and the other in his twenties, with two soldiers. I think they’re stationed at the checkpoint near our house – the Worshippers’ Way Checkpoint. The minute I opened the window, the older settler drew a gun and yelled at me to close the window and go inside. I yelled back at him not to tell me what to do. The soldiers heard and didn’t intervene. Then I heard my father from his window on the second floor.

The settler apparently noticed my father had started filming, so he hid the gun in his pants. He picked up a stone and was about to throw it at us, but one of the soldiers stopped him. Meanwhile, I saw the other settler phone someone and then about 15 soldiers showed up. They started yelling at all of us to close our windows and yelled at other residents who had gone up to their rooftops to see what was happening. I saw the settler who had threatened me with his gun close the door of our neighbor’s store so he couldn’t get out. The man was locked in until the soldiers opened the door and let him out at 11:30 P.M. Later, I heard that the soldiers had arrested two young guys from the neighborhood.

In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-Ja’bari on 12 December 2020, Imad’s father, ‘Aref Jaber (46), a taxi driver and father of six, described what happened that night:

I went over to the window after I heard settlers shouting. Then I saw them yelling at my sons, who live above me. I saw one of the settlers aim his gun at my son ‘Imad. I picked up my mobile phone and started filming. The settler immediately hid his weapon. At the same time, he and the other settler started yelling at us to go inside and close the window. Later, the settler with the gun picked up a stone and was about to throw it at us, but one of the soldiers stopped him. A few minutes later, more soldiers came to the neighborhood and stood on the street. About half an hour later, everyone left.

It was a terrifying situation. It was late at night and the street was deserted. We were afraid they’d shoot at our sons or enter their apartments.

I think the settlers noticed I was filming them, which is why they left without causing a major scene. This isn’t the first time the settlers have threatened and attacked residents of our neighborhood. The soldiers and the police let it happen.

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