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Medics: Settlers hurl Molotov cocktails at Palestinian family
Published Thursday 16/08/2012 (updated) 18/08/2012 20:26
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians were seriously injured on Thursday after Israeli settlers threw Molotov cocktails at their car south of Bethlehem, medics said.

The injured were all from the Hassan family, and included four-year-olds Iman and Muhammad, their parents Ayman, 37, and Jamila, 25, and Hassan Hassan who was driving, Red Crescent official Abdul Jaafra told Ma'an.

Both children suffered first degree burns, and the adults suffered second and third degree burns, Jaafra said.

The incident happened near al-Arrub refugee camp, he added.

Jaafra said they were taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in Magen David Adom ambulances.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident and that soldiers and border police had raised their alert level.

Israel's army commander in the West Bank Hagai Mordechai said the incident was a potential threat to destabilizing the area, "especially during such a period of time," the army said in a statement.

A military source said investigations indicated that Israeli civilians were responsible for the attack.

In Ramallah on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority cabinet condemned the "continued occupation and settler attacks against our people and their property."

Ministers also said "the continuation of such measures and policies of land theft and expulsion of citizens actually destroys the future of peace based on the two-state solution on the 1967 borders.

"This matter requires an effective and serious intervention to oblige the government of Israel to abide by international law and legitimacy".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack.

"This is a grave incident. We will do all it takes to catch those responsible and bring them to justice," he said.

Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups say that settlers are rarely prosecuted in cases of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live on occupied Palestinian land.



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1 ) matt / usa
16/08/2012 20:56
This same story is being reported on other outlets as unknown attackers. and in the same area, not ten minutes earlier a group of arabs were throwing cocktails at jewish cars. seems like a case of mistaken identity

2 ) Julia C. Hurley / USA
16/08/2012 21:45
To Matt from the US "It is unlikely that the purported attack represented a case of mistaken identity since the vehicle in question was painted yellow, typical of Palestinian taxis, and since it bore a Palestinian license plate." http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/palestinians-wounded-in-west-bank-vehicle-fire-in-possible-fire-bomb-attack-1.458843 Settler terrorism. Plain and simple.

3 ) matt / usa
16/08/2012 22:19
To Julia, great job checking the facts. you should work on this site. I wonder while you are researching, can you tell me how many arabs attacked israeli cars?

4 ) Amira / Canada
16/08/2012 23:24
Why israeli settlers terrorism is not exposed in all main stream media??

5 ) carine / UK
17/08/2012 01:37
#3 Matt - Quite a few, I expect - but the article isn't about how many Arabs attacked Israeli cars,is it? Why don't you do your own research, lazy boy?

6 ) gabi / australia
17/08/2012 03:34
#3 - here we go again - "they do it so we can too"!!!!! And this from a country that holds itself up as always having the high moral ground; as being a "light unto the nations" an all that BS. Also, I doubt very much that if any Arab attacked a Jewish car he would get away with it - he'd be arrested very promptly.

7 ) Rena / USA
17/08/2012 04:01
If this site is true news they would report both sides of the story. What about the Israeli women and very young children that are killed as well. A family of four Israelis murdered and the women raped by Palestinians. This war is terrible for both sides and we can't forget that .

8 ) Justice / Canada
17/08/2012 04:11
What are these illegal squatters, committing these brutal terrorist attacks, doing in Palestine? They must be sent back to where they came from in order to have justice for Palestine.

9 ) ian / australia
17/08/2012 05:20
#3 "...can you tell me how many arabs attacked israeli cars?" Lots Matt I would imagine but the number would drop to zero if Israel withdrew its demented settlers and vicious soldiers from Palestinian land where they have absolutely no right to be. Also, a special award for callousness clearly in order for your response to a story about four year olds suffering first degree burns. Really warms the cockles.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/08/2012 05:56
Re Matt #1 and #3. Pretty typical Zionist. Somebody tries to burn four-year old children alive -- and his reaction is to attempt to defend the behavior. There's a bus ad running around here: 'In any war between the Civilized Man and the Savage, support the civilized man.' In a somewhat mysterious non-sequitur, the ad then urges the reader to support Israel. Go figure.

11 ) Golden Dome / USA
17/08/2012 07:45
@Matt, Jewish terror cells have free reign over the West Bank. Palestinians are being displaced and attacked at each check point every day. So what if a few cars and buses get stoned. The problem is the Occupation.

12 ) IS NOT NICE TO THROW THINGS / AT DRIVERS
17/08/2012 08:00
is it? Some of your own medication darlings?!

13 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/08/2012 08:09
Let's get the facts straight, Julie and Amira. # of reported molotov cocktail attacks on Israelis in the past 30 years = 15,000 (approximately) with multiple fatalities and critical injuries. # of reported molotov cocktail attacks on Palestinians in the past 30 years = 1 The use of molotov cocktails is obviously legitimate, otherwise NGOs would object to the practice. Because it is legitimate, why do you object when Israelis are suspected of committed this practice?

14 ) Sam / Greece
17/08/2012 10:23
To Matt, do not be so closed minded and brain washed, you live in USA and maybe you never been in Palestine / Israel ( i been several times and met both sides) but the question you have to raise is: How many Palestinians killed and attacked by Israeli settlers and Armi? you can contact Israeli Human right organizations who can show you that most killed are Palestinians ( even all killing is bad ) but you have to be hounist and not closed minded.

15 ) Sam / Greece
17/08/2012 10:26
To Matt again: Go check break the silence on Youtube and see what Israeli armi say , and the stories they tell how they were apusing and humilating Palestinians in Hebron. Break the silence is an Israeli organizations of x Israeli solders who served in the west bank.

16 ) Tatus / Italy
17/08/2012 10:50
Because the Israeli government supports it, and the general media do as Israeli like. Matt, your attempt to wash conscience with the trite "Arab attacks on Israelis" is a bit pathetic. I think we all know about settlers' extreme violence and how they are quietly let to do what they want in the territory they occupy.

17 ) Ron / USA
17/08/2012 11:28
Matt, Yes, violent actions have been committed by persons on both sides of this conflict. The facts are still being investigated in this case. What I find most troubling is not whether this act was a case of mistaken identity, but rather the mistaken motives of the comments you posted. The fact that you seized this tragedy as an opportunity to jump into the political fray shows just how effectively the media or others have succeeded in dehumanizing the inhabitants of this land.

18 ) Ron [continued] / USA
17/08/2012 11:32
This is a moment that calls for pastoral action, rather than political rhetoric. I just spoke to an Israeli who was on his way, along with fellow Israelis to visit the family that were in this car to express concern and see how they might help. This, I believe, is an appropriate response.

19 ) carine / UK
17/08/2012 12:41
Oh please Brian,where DO you get your statistics from? Is this the directive for you and your fellow BSers for today's comments? Why don't you be honest with yourself and face facts - your squatters are dangerous out of control thugs, with the backing of your government and your IOF. BTW - If the use of mc's is legitimate, why, when Palestinians use them, are they referred to as 'terrorist attacks'? Go play with yourself, and quit with the BS!

20 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/08/2012 12:43
Interesting response, Ron #18, which I support. However, at the same time I'm trying to recall when Palestinians went to show support to Jewish victims of Palestinian attacks. I know this has happened, but have people like you called on the Palestinians to make this a practice? (Or even better, call on Palestinians to stop throwing molotov cocktails - which they throw by the thousands). Noting as well, that there still is no Palestinian equivalent to the Peace Now organization. Why is that?

21 ) Suh / Dubai
17/08/2012 12:47
A few days ago, an Israeli court sentenced an Israeli Soldier (45 days prison) for killing and lady & her mother. These un-resonable (unfair) is leading others daring to attack as long as the effect is bearable.
I am not trying to defend any side here, but the one who said (Palestinian threw 15,000 molotov cocktail) funny that the same number is appx the same # of palestinian killed by IDF and Settlers during half the period you mentioned. (1500 where killed in 25 days period in Gaza Dec. 2008)

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/08/2012 12:59
Re Rena #7, 'Is' #12, Brian #13. MORE Zionists actually have the gall to attempt to somehow justify this behavior. I used to hand out 'chutzbah points' for this sort of thing -- but this is just pure evil. It's nauseating that people can actually defend such conduct.

23 ) John / UK
17/08/2012 13:13
Until Israel, as the political / military power in the area deals firmly and fairly with all acts of violence regardless of the individual / community perpetrating / suffering the attack, bringing settlers to court, where appropriate as well as Palestinians, and giving sentences which are the same to both individuals / communities, there is little help for the situation which will only deteriorate.

24 ) Hans / Netherlands
17/08/2012 14:00
I believe everybody who throws things (stones, Molotov cocktails etc) on moving vehicles should be prosecuted for attempted murder... Regardless of their reasons, age and identity... Yes, that would include prosecuting orthodox Jews stoning cars on the Sabbath... It would also include prosecuting settlers who stone/firebomb Palestinian cars... It would also include prosecuting Palestinians who stone/firebomb Israeli cars...

25 ) Hans / Netherlands
17/08/2012 14:02
As for this case, from the data available it's far from clear who's responsible... The fact that the injured are Palestinians is NOT prima facie evidence that Israelis (settlers or otherwise) are responsible... A "friendly fire" type of incident is not so far fetched...

26 ) Hans / Netherlands
17/08/2012 14:07
To Justice from Canada (post #8), The fact that you obviously call for all Jews to be expelled from Palestine proves that you're not seeking a solution based on compromise... As for your demand for expelling the Jews from Palestine (assuming you're not an indigenous Canadian) I find your demand quite hypocritical... Furthermore, if you happen to be an indigenous Canadian, don't you think you should concentrate on liberating your own country first?!...

27 ) @ Hans / US
17/08/2012 16:37
Hans, it's a yellow taxi. Yellow taxis are Palestinian. Israeli taxis are white. It wasn't a mistake. Even the Israeli army says its investigations suggest it was Israelis.

28 ) matt / usa
17/08/2012 16:40
I am not condoning anyones actions. but if you blame israelis/settlers this much why do you all find exscuses when arabs do it. YOU are the bigots

29 ) Ron / USA
17/08/2012 16:44
Brian, #20. Many Palestinians wish for peaceful existence with Israel. There are organizations in the West Bank calling for non-violence. Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, Wi'am, and Sabeel are examples. I push for non-violent responses with my Palestinian friends. Your point regarding reciprocal action on the part of Palestinians is well-taken. As you concede, it does happen, but should continue to be encouraged. How would they obtain permission from Israel to allow them to do so?

30 ) Josh / USA
17/08/2012 23:17
Matt...good job throwing jabs at Julia when she slapped you in the face with facts. you have successfully eluded the fact that the attackers were all zionist/occupiers...cant wait to see your response to my comment. im sure it will be filled with zionistic sympathy of 'oohhh poor us look at how bad the Palestinians treat us'.....there is no solution but the complete eradication of the disease called Zionism from the world in the us a included you are all a cancer that needs to be cut out.

31 ) ian / australia
17/08/2012 23:51
#7, #13, #17-18, #20, #25-26 Calls for fair and equal treatment of people responsible for acts of violence and the equivalence of settler/Palestinian attacks sound noble but miss the point. These attacks occur in occupied Palestine, not Israel and are perpetrated by settler/invaders living illegally on stolen land. Their presence is in itself extreme provocation and an act of war. There is nothing valid or legal or "equivalent" about it. Settler violence is pure colonial aggression. Palestinian

32 ) ian / australia
17/08/2012 23:54
(contd.) violence, despite how extreme, is a response to violence and grounded in resistance and self defense.

33 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 01:02
#26 "The fact that you obviously call for all Jews to be expelled from Palestine proves that you're not seeking a solution based on compromise." Depends where you think Palestine is Hans. Most of the world, inc. the ICJ, thinks it's Gaza and the West Bank. What Justice (#8) calls for is "justice for Palestine" and for "illegal squatters" to go "back to where they came from". What's so unjust about that? Vacating illegal outposts on stolen Palestinian land and going back to Israel proper

34 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 01:06
(contd.) (which BTW is over 3/4 of historic Palestine) and leaving less than a quarter for a future Palestinian state looks like a huge compromise to me. Niet waar?

35 ) Jo Ann Wescott / USA
18/08/2012 01:27
In our country, our Americans think their superior and highly intelligent. While Israel owns every bit of them. Israel has completely taken over America from CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security, Hollywood, White House, Politicians, Corporate America, News Media, School Academics, Child Protective Services, Judicial Systems, Federal Reserves MONEY making machine, etc. etc. Israel wants Palestine and they have already murdered millions since the dawn of the century around the world for the Holly Land

36 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 02:04
#20 "Noting as well, that there still is no Palestinian equivalent to the Peace Now organization. Why is that?" You just keep coming up with up them don't you Brian. Nifty little debating points in seemingly endless supply. The positions and objectives of Peace Now are virtually identical to those of the PA under Pres. Abbas. Palestinians don't need a Peace Now, their whole government is their Peace Now.

37 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 02:50
#29 "How would they obtain permission from Israel to allow them to do so?" That's a nice point Ron. Palestinians wanting to visit the victims of violence to offer their support, perhaps with a bunch of flowers or a bag of grapes, wouldn't make it past the checkpoints or settlement gate. But as always, better than maudlin gestures of "reaching out" to the victims of violence would be full withdrawal from occupied Palestinian land which would bring the whole conflict to a screeching halt.

38 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 02:52
#28 "...but if you blame israelis/settlers this much why do you all find exscuses when arabs do it." Not excuses Matt, entirely valid reasons.

39 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 03:31
#20 "Noting as well, that there still is no Palestinian equivalent to the Peace Now organization. Why is that?" You just keep coming up with them don't you Brian. Nifty little debating points in a seemingly endless supply. The positions and objectives of Peace Now are virtually identical to those of the PA under Pres. Abbas. Palestinians don't need a Peace Now, their whole government is Peace Now.

40 ) ian / australia
18/08/2012 17:18
and soon you will rightfully say that there is not a single song that talks about peace in any arab or muslim country. so what for us death is peace

41 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/08/2012 21:04
Anyway, as this and other recent incidents indicate, the more quiescent Palestinians are, the more violent the Jews become. It's very noticeable. Attempts at non-violence just make them think they can attack with impunity.

42 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/08/2012 02:46
Colin Wrong - where did you ever get the idea that I condone throwing firebombs at human beings? I most certainly condemn the practice by anybody and everybody. My point is that this one incident gets lots of attention simply because it's man-bites-dog. You almost never hear of Israelis throwing firebombs at Arabs, while it's a fact that Palestinian "resistance" includes trying to kill Israelis with firebombs. Colin sits 9000 km away and calls it wrong again. It's noticeable every time.

43 ) ian / australia
19/08/2012 09:15
#40 Well, that was just weird...sort of hypnotic, but weird. Completely baffled. No idea what you're talking about (perhaps punctuation would help)...so either I have gone mad and get up at night and post crazy things while half asleep or the Mystery Identity Thief has struck again. (Intriguing though..."so what for us death is peace" is quite spooky and poetic, like an Emily Dickinson poem or something out of Wagner!)

44 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/08/2012 22:55
Brian Cohen #42 ' You almost never hear of Israelis throwing firebombs at Arabs, while it's a fact that Palestinian "resistance" includes trying to kill Israelis with firebombs.' You type this when a few days earlier a settler had run over a Palestinian child and the day after there was a lynching of four Arabs right in the middle of Jerusalem. List all the attacks made by Palestinians on Jews in the last week. And you have the GALL to label it a case of 'man bites dog.'

45 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/08/2012 22:59
To matt #3 ' I wonder while you are researching, can you tell me how many arabs attacked israeli cars?' How many Israeli cars in Israel? Now, settler cars in the West Bank -- well, I would attack someone trying to take my home myself. Perfectly right and proper. It should happen more often.

46 ) Colin Wright / usa
21/08/2012 19:27
I take it back Brian. The Jerusalem incident was due to the fact the suspected palestinian terrorists drew attention by picking up on young girls. As for the kid ran over by a car, since 99.9% of accidents happen because palestinians drive fast there is a possibility of yet another work accident

47 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/08/2012 09:04
I'll be gosh-darned. No arrests yet? Any progress in the investigation?

48 ) Justice for Palestine / Canada
23/08/2012 00:06
ian/australia#26 "Most of the world, inc. the ICJ, thinks it's Gaza and the West Bank. What Justice (#8) calls for is "justice for Palestine" and for "illegal squatters" to go "back to where they came from". What's so unjust about that? Vacating illegal outposts on stolen Palestinian land and going back to Israel proper." "(which BTW is over 3/4 of historic Palestine) and leaving less than a quarter for a future Palestinian state looks like a huge compromise to me." Exactly my point! Thanks!!
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