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Settlers assault man, woman near Yatta
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 17:13
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers early Friday assaulted a woman and a man from Khirbet Umm al-Khair east of Yatta in the southern West Bank.

The head of the local council of the nearby village of Susiya Jihad al-Nawaja told Ma'an that around 20 settlers attacked Bilal al-Hathaleen, 27, and Maliha al-Hathaleen, 57, while they were on their way to an agricultural area near their home.

They were beaten by the settlers and suffered multiple cuts as a result of the attack, he added.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The safety of these settlers is often given as an excuse for forced displacement of Palestinians who have lived in the area for generations.
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1 ) Sarah / Te Netherlands
24/01/2014 17:57
"Israels" hero's..... Attacking children, women and elderly.

2 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
25/01/2014 23:04
The truth is, there is no "village" named " Umm al Kha'ir," it like Arab Sussiya is a squatter camp built by Negev Bedouin who fled behind Jordanian lines in the 48 War. Flocking to the single Arab town that existed then, Yatta, they did as they had in the Negev, illegaly grazing livestock on state land, setting up shepard camps to preserve Bedouin claims and other than shepards very people ever used the camps- until the late-1970s when Israel began demarcating state land there.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2014 21:02
To Rachamim Dwek #2: 'The truth is, there is no "village" named " Umm al Kha'ir," it like Arab Sussiya is a squatter camp built by Negev Bedouin who fled behind Jordanian lines in the 48 War...' Even if -- purely as an intellectual exercise -- we assume your remarks are accurate, you're merely saying that having driven these people from their homes once, Israel now proposes to do it again. Note that in both cases, the actions were not merely immoral, but completely illegal.
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