Deir Jarir, Ramallah District: Settlers grazed sheep and cattle in cultivated Palestinian fields. After Rabbi Arik Ascherman filmed them, they assaulted him with clubs
On 7 April 2021, at around 5:00 P.M., three representatives of the Palestinian Authority’s National Commission against the Wall and the Settlements came to inspect the Ma’ale Ahuvya outpost, which was established on land belonging to the village of Deir Jarir. As they drove up, they found the outpost mostly evacuated but some 10 settlers still on the premises, including women and children. When the settlers noticed the car, some of them began running towards it and swearing at the representatives, who ignored them and kept driving.
As the three drove northeast of the village, they saw Israeli activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman standing by Road 449, filming four settlers who were grazing sheep and cattle in cultivated Palestinian fields. The three representatives stopped and got out of the car, at which point two of the settlers who had run towards them earlier also drove up. The settlers got out of their car, started arguing with the three and called for more settlers.
At that point, the four settlers who were grazing the herds headed towards the road and started shouting at the three representatives, threatening them and Rabbi Ascherman. Meanwhile, three more settlers appeared from the Palestinian fields, masked and armed with clubs. Several settlers drove the Palestinians out with threats. Then the two masked setters began beating Rabbi Ascherman with their clubs all over his body. A few minutes later, the settlers fled the area and the three Palestinian representatives left.
Rabbi Ascherman reported the attack to the Israel Police. Officers who arrived at the scene suggested he file a complaint at the Binyamin police station. He then drove to Jerusalem, where he received medical treatment.