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In video: Israeli military accompanies settler attack
Published Thursday 09/01/2014 (updated) 10/01/2014 17:55
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An image grab showing a settler throwing stones next to an
Israeli soldier.(B'Tselem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Wednesday released video footage which shows Israeli soldiers standing among settlers while they attack a Palestinian school with stones in the Nablus village of Urif.

The incident took place on Monday when a group of settlers raided the village and started throwing stones at the Safadi family home, adjacent to the site of a USAID funded water reservoir project.

The settlers then threw stones at a village school.

The video footage, which was filmed by local resident Usama Safadi, clearly shows settlers throwing rocks in the presence of Israeli soldiers.

"The soldiers took no measures to arrest the settlers, to remove them from the area, or at the very least to put an end to the stone-throwing. Several students at the school threw stones back at the settlers and the soldiers fired teargas at the students," B'Tselem said.

The settlers appeared to also be accompanied by a security guard from a settlement.

After 50 minutes, the settlers left the village and headed in the direction of Yizhar settlement. The settlers passed several military vehicles on the way out and no attempt was made to arrest them or identify them.

"The filmed record of the incident indicates that the soldiers acted with disregard to their duty to protect the Palestinians: they did not put an end to the violent acts they witnessed, responding only when Palestinians threw stones back at the settlers," B'Tselem said.

The incident shows that the Israeli military served as a "security entourage" for violent settlers, whereas their responsibility is to defend Palestinians in the West Bank, B'Tselem added.

The rights group said it plans to apply to the relevant authorities to demand an investigation into the incident which examines the conduct of the Israeli soldiers and officers during the events.

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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
09/01/2014 12:39
And are the settlers also going to jail for 20 years like the two Palestinian brothers? I don't think so, when settlers burned a Palestinian family in their car, the settlers where arrested for a few days and then they were set free again.

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
09/01/2014 13:59
Many thanks B'tselem ! Please keep up this documenting.

3 ) Jack / USA
09/01/2014 19:46
Stupid settlers. "...Several students at the school threw stones back at the settlers and the soldiers fired teargas at the students," B'Tselem said. How come the kids part is not documented? For people to believe the writing, everything must be documented. FROM THE BEGINNING!

4 ) Maureen / Australia
09/01/2014 19:50
More shame for the Netanyahu military junta! Predator Zionist soldiers using criminal Zionist squatters to provoke Palestinian school children. to retaliate to stone throwing, why - because predator Zionist soldiers amuse themselves by terrorizing Palestinian children!

5 ) Pam Alee / USA
09/01/2014 20:24
Alas - what we've come to expect from a zionism that is just as horrific as nazi-ism. truly. How to stop this? the US taxpayer is ultimately responsible for colluding with this. Resist and redirect US federal taxes! Pass a 28th amendment out-lwing the "personhood" of corporations and their substitution of money for democracy.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/01/2014 23:00
The settlers need this kind of protection. We saw what happens if they don't have it the other day. You don't expect the Lords of the Land to face their victims on equal terms, do you? Oh, they're not up for that. Oh no...

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/01/2014 23:07
To Sarah #1: ' I don't think so, when settlers burned a Palestinian family in their car, the settlers where arrested for a few days and then they were set free again.' Do tell. I didn't know that. Now -- why am I not surprised? What is the entirely wrong impression of Israel I must have in order for this to not surprise me?
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