Settler files lawsuit against Palestinian to remove traditional oven
Published Friday 28/02/2014 (updated) 01/03/2014 20:36
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli settler has filed a lawsuit against a local Palestinian Bedouin in an attempt to remove his traditional oven in a village south of Hebron, the defendant told Ma'an.
The oven's owner, Salim al-Hathaleen, said that the oven is on his land and he refuses to remove it because it provides bread to his family of 40 people, as well as others in the village of Um al-Kher east of Yatta.
The lawsuit comes after months of harassment by the settler, including raids accompanied by Israeli forces, targeting the traditional "tabun" oven.
The settler, who is a resident of the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmel, said in the lawsuit that he and his family suffer a result of the smoke emitted from the oven. He has reportedly requested a compensation of 250,000 shekels ($72,000), al-Hathaleen told Ma'an.
He said that settlers harass them daily in order to force them off of their land, while Israeli forces carry out frequent demolitions of Palestinian structures in the area.
Al-Hathaleen called on the PA and international organizations to follow up on the case and support his struggle.
In January, the settlers raided the camp accompanied by Israeli forces and attempted to demolish the oven. During the raid, they physically assaulted al-Hathaleen, his sister, and an elderly resident.
Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, and they regularly attack local Palestinians with impunity.
The safety of these settlers is often given as an excuse for forced displacement of Palestinians who live in villages in the area.
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.