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Settlers attack Palestinians in their home in Hebron
Published Saturday 07/12/2013 (updated) 08/12/2013 18:04
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Shuttered shops on Shuhada street in Hebron (ISM Hebron)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked a Palestinian house on Shuhada street in the center of Hebron and assaulted residents and children in the street.

Locals said that around 25 settlers attacked the house owned by Mufeed al-Sharabati, causing damage to it and assaulting its residents before Israeli forces stopped them.

Locals added that settlers also assaulted children who were playing in the same street.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants.

Settlers and Israeli forces regularly target local Palestinans for harassment, and many have been forced from their homes as a result.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 04:41
Hebron has to be seen to be believed. For the most part it's a busy Arab city full of shops and people and noise. And then...a guard house/checkpoint severs the Martyrs Street, and on the other side, Israeli controlled H2 begins: a ghost town, desolate and deserted, Palestinian shops welded shut (see photo), eerily like East Berlin behind the wall. The Arab population trapped there mainly hide indoors, having no reason to use empty streets patrolled by Israeli soldiers. (And in the Old City,

2 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 04:44
(contd.) chicken wire protects Palestinian shops from filfth flung contemptuously by Jews living above.) And all for the "protection" of a tiny (subsidised) settler group (which sometimes turns violent) living in stolen Arab homes: a group so extreme, so weird, so shameless, they can live there oblivious to the nightmare their presence causes their fellow man.

3 ) Tobias / USA
08/12/2013 04:53
Both Muslim militants and Jewish settlers are composed of Both Good and Bad people, and the above is terrible, if it is true, but since settlers are typically well armed, and no one was killed, THIS STORY IS PROBABLY UNTRUE, or at least exaggerated !!

4 ) southparkbear / usa
08/12/2013 09:53
hey since when a neighboor visit is taken as an attach

5 ) Don / USA
20/04/2014 17:08
No it's all true Tobias but sadly people like you make snap judgements and rash statements without any kind of factual research into what happens there on a daily basis. I have visited this area and talked to parents who have had acid thrown into their child's face blinding them, and another who had his pregnant wife shot 5 times in the head, and a snake thrown in the window on a two year old. So please do a little research before pontificating about what you know probably next to nothing about
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