Settlers assault Palestinian shepherd north of Jerusalem
Published Monday 19/08/2013 (updated) 22/08/2013 11:52
Najeh Thalajeh Abu-Ali at the hospital. (Iyad Haddad/B'Tselem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd north of Jerusalem on Sunday causing serious injuries, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said.
A group of 10-15 shepherds from the Jerusalem-area village of Mikhmas were crossing Route 60 via an underpass on Sunday when Najeh Thalajeh Abu-Ali, 47, was attacked by six settlers.
The settlers had their faces covered with t-shirts and beat Abu-Ali over the head and body with metal pipes. They also stabbed several animals, killing a goat.
The settlers then fled the scene.
Abu-Ali required 70 stitches to his head.
Settler violence against Palestinian communities and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank, where settlers typically enjoy impunity for their attacks.