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Settler attacks against Palestinians escalate
Published Sunday 13/03/2011 (updated) 14/03/2011 10:24
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – As the Shabbat ended Saturday evening, Israeli settlers raided Palestinian villages and towns across the West Bank, injuring several Palestinians.

The raids followed the killing of a family of five Israelis in Itamar settlement in Nablus overnight Friday. A three-month-old baby Hadas, Elad, 4, Yoav, 11 and their parents Udi and Ruthie were all stabbed to death in their home.

During the day settlers stormed several villages in Nablus, including Burin and Huwwara, entering homes and harassing residents. Settlers handed out leaflets threatening the lives of villagers in Beitillu, near Ramallah, and threw rocks at Palestinian cars in Hebron.

Saturday evening, five members of the Abu Akar family were attacked by settlers as they drove back from Hebron to their home in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

"Some 200 extremist settlers armed with guns, clubs, and knives obstructed our car on the road from Hebron to Bethlehem. We tried to run away, but they hurled stones at the car smashing its windshields.

"My brother-in-law, the driver, sustained serious wounds and was forced to pull over. I tried to step out and take the wheel but they attacked me with clubs. Israeli forces who were watching did nothing to stop them," Ammar Abu Akar told Ma’an.

He said he sustained bruises in the back and shoulders while his brother-in-law, 53-year-old Nidhal Abu Akar, sustained serious head injuries. Ammar's father and two of his uncles, Muhammad and Khalil Abu Akar, were also injured by stones and shattered glass.

Ammar said the family narrowly escaped death after one of them managed to take control of the car and sped away to a hilltop through a dirt road.

In Hebron, settlers set fire to a Palestinian car in Tel Rumeida. Other mobs of settlers attacked Palestinian cars and homes on the main road in Beit Ummar and the nearby Al-Arrub refugee camp.

Beit Ummar popular committee spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad said a group of settlers opened fire and hurled stones at Palestinian homes. Meanwhile, he added, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters near the homes.

In the village of Nabi Salih west of Ramallah, settlers tried to enter Palestinian homes near the main street, but were stopped by residents. Locals set fire to used tires at the village entrance and stationed themselves behind them to defend the village.

Residents said Israeli forces stormed the village firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters. Witnesses said Israeli forces entered the village to retrieve the remains of an unmanned Israeli drone which crashed in the area.

In the northern and the central West Bank, Israeli settlers hurled stones at Palestinians driving on the main road between Jerusalem and Nablus near the Israeli settlements of Ofra and Bet El. No injuries have been reported.

Israeli soldiers intervened and scuffled with the settlers trying to move them back, onlookers said.

Za'tara checkpoint south of Nablus was closed, and the main road between Nablus and Qalqiliya was shut down after dozens of settlers attacked Palestinian cars. The Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem was closed in both directions for "security reasons," Israeli authorities said.

Local sources in Nablus told Ma’an that over 100 settlers stormed shops and homes in the northern West Bank village of Huwwara south of Nablus.
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1 ) Amarein / Palestine
13/03/2011 12:21
Its time that these illegal squatter criminals were rounded up , prosecuted or deported ! This is outrageous, i can see a 3rd Intifada happening ! If this crime is proven forensically to have been perpetrated by a Palestinian person then start screaming .... why the lynch mob?

2 ) palestinian / palestine
13/03/2011 13:29
you focus on Itmar attack in every relevant story trying to justify settlers crimes against the palestinians is a bad thing from you. though you know that no palestinian faction or group announced its responsibility for that but you write as if you were aware of who did that attack. you also use (only Jewish settlements, as if including arabs in these settlements would legitimize them. don't try to attract donors' satisfaction at the expense of the palestinian people.

3 ) Arnold / Canada
13/03/2011 15:09
1920-Jerusalem- Arab mobs murder Jewish inhabitants
1921-Jaffa- Arab mobs murder Jewsish inhabitants
1929-Hebron- Arab mobs murder Jewish inhabitants

No occupation then. No settlers then.

4 ) Selim / Turkey
13/03/2011 16:28
Arnold, 1920, 1921 and 1929 are dates of three Palestinian popular revolts against BRITISH-ZIONIST OCCUPATION! Don't forget to add 1936.

5 ) Tobias / US
13/03/2011 16:58
Amarein,

"It is time to round up all the illegal PALESTINIAN squatter criminals",
and their acomplices too, and deport them to Arab States that either
invaded Israel or deported Jews !!!

However, since we both know, such fantasies will NOT come true,
I SUGGEST that "It is time to round up all the"
PA NEGOTIATORS, AND get them back to the peace talks !!!

THE LONGER IT TAKES, THE MORE SETTLERS YOU'LL BE "STUCK WITH",
with about 2,500 to be expected for the last 5 murders !!!!!


6 ) Carol / UK
13/03/2011 17:58
It's not the history that's the problem, the fact that 6M people are still living in tents in sub human existence for more than 60 years, while the whole world is watching. How is it that after 2 years of the GAZA holocaust, the images are still the same, 1.5 million people still exist in between the rubble, cannot rebuild their homes, cannot fish for foods or grow their vegetables, their kids cannot sleep or study, they've got no chance of ever getting the most basic human right is sick & evil

7 ) MUJAHIDA / LAND OF ALLAH
13/03/2011 18:35
I SAY DONT GET BACK TO EMPTY CRAP PEACE TALKS!! LIKE THESE BEASTS OF AN OCCUPYING THIEFS WANT ANY PEACE, THEY DIDNT WANT IT IN THE PAST THEY DONT WANT IT NOW AND THEY WILL NEVER WANT IT. lETS OPEN OUR EYES AND ALL JOIN AND MAKE IT A REAL JIHAD FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH TO GET OUR HOLY LAND BACK. THE LAND WHERE THE PROPHET MADE HIS MI3RAAJ, THE 2ND HOLY LAND FOR US IN THE WORLD. LETS TAKE HEROES LIKE OMAR AND SALAHUDIEN AS OUR EXAMPLES AND GO FOR IT.

8 ) Civil / EU
13/03/2011 19:05
The Germans occupied a lot of country, and killed the civilians in the occupied coutries in WW2. They believed, it is the standard solution: come, kill, take the land. The only problem was, the local civilians had other idea about the life, and they began to kill the occupoiers, all: women, men, children. Do you remember the history: the Germans needed more years to understand: an occupation means not only, that only the locals can die. It means also: the Occupier can die too.

9 ) whosaidthat / eastbank
13/03/2011 20:47
6) Don't worry, that fantasy only exists in your mind. Ask Nour what kind of tent she lives in. Ask Hamas why they harass UN aid workers and interfere with the running of schools. Ask why they built a new mall in Gaza if they don't have enough food etc to sell in it.

10 ) Tobias / US
13/03/2011 21:50
Carol,

Don't blame the whole world, when the Arab world just watches too, despite their vast land resources and oil wealth !!

The Arab world created roughly the same number of Jewish refugees,
as the Arab refugees, that their invasions of Israel created !!
- The tiny Jewish state absorbed the Jewish refugees, that were created through no fault of their own, but
- The huge Arab world (300 million) refused to absorb the Arab refugees, that their invasions of Israel created !!


11 ) Amel / Sudan
06/12/2011 19:59
My family is AbuAkar family from Lebanon the great Abuakar came to sudan so he can be killed . my namel is Amel Abdelbagi Osman Yousif Abuakar
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