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Settler files lawsuit against Palestinian to remove traditional oven
Published Friday 28/02/2014 (updated) 01/03/2014 20:36
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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.
1 ) Kathy P / USA
28/02/2014 21:04
How contrasting.. Rather glaring actually.. A privileged, and wealthy settler is suing a family/community of starving Palestinians because of the smell from the oven.. But with the payment of 250,000 shekels, the smell would become tolerable.. How obscene.. What a morally corrupt society...

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
28/02/2014 22:04
-1- There is no reason for a "traditional oven", to be so close to an "Israeli settlement", and if it stays, eventually Islamic terrorist elements will use the daily oven presence, as concealment for a future terrorist attacks, and
Bedouin PITA BREADS !!

3 ) ian / australia
28/02/2014 22:05
Pushy, selfish, complaining, greedy, mean spirited and litigious. Way to live up to the cultural stereotype. No offense.

4 ) Thayer / France
28/02/2014 23:11
How much smoke can be emitted from a tabun? Here is an impoverished man providing sustenance for his extended family & neighbours from a small oven. Khubz (bread) the staff of life, the most basic & essential Arabic commodity. The settlers (squatters) have no sense of community, nor do they have any understanding of the Middle Eastern way of life. The PA & press should get this story out to the international community. Show the world the violations of human rights occuring in Al Khalil! Shameful

5 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
02/03/2014 14:44
The"village"is actually an illegal squatter camp used seasonally by 3 families in Yatta who try to graze their sheep and goats for free on state land. The"oven" is a commercial oven and it produces bread sold to alot more than the "40 people" the owner claimed.A"Settler"uses the courts and ignorant foreigners condemn him,were he to take matters into his own hands you would condemn him as well.No matter what a Jew does,your bias wont give him a fair shake.

6 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
02/03/2014 14:54
(Continued)...Kathy P: Priveleged??? So you know the man? Your inherent bias is quite clear. Sorry to pull the rug out from under you but most"Settlers" live bleak existences."Settlers"dont exist as anything more than a media construct.Sadly,you have no idea what you are talking about. Ian: You are simply an Anti Semite.Should I add "no offence," nah, at least I have the integrity to own my views. Thayer: Let a Roma family bud a commercial bakery not up to code on govt land next to your home.

7 ) Maureen / Australia
03/03/2014 21:27
#6 Dwek you are such a 'funny' person. So called "settlers" choose to squat on stolen land! Many have migrated from 1st world standard countries, so don't squeak about 'settler's' "bleak existance." If the so called 'settlers' wanted to be as real ancient Hebrews, wouldn' they too be baking bread in traditional ovens? BTW the "State land" you refer to is stolen Palestinian land!

8 ) ian / australia
03/03/2014 22:12
#5 Where to start? It's the settlement of Carmel which is the "illegal squatter camp", Rachamim, not the Palestinian village and as the whole area is occupied Palestinian territory, it's not "state land" and the owner/baker doesn't deny it's a commercial oven, he just says it's on HIS land. So is he wrong? So the settler "uses the courts", as attempts "to take matters into his own hands" i.e., violent vigilante action have failed, but as the conflict is not IN Israel, Israel has no jurisdiction.

9 ) ian / australia
03/03/2014 22:12
(contd.) (The 4th Geneva Convention is the applicable legal code and it's very clear about "tabuns" in OPT.) And I'm sure the victims of settler attacks (uprooting trees, stabbing sheep, assault etc.) would be surprised to learn their attackers "dont exist as anything more than a media construct." Lastly, I'm not "simply an Anti Semite" because if the "pushy, selfish, complaining, greedy, mean spirited and litigious" settler withdrew his chutzpahtic attempt to screw $72,000 in damages out of a

10 ) ian / australia
03/03/2014 22:13
(contd.) a Bedouin baker and moved back to Israel proper, I'd have no problem with him. So bias shmias. It's about BEHAVIOUR, Rachamim, not Jewishness. (And do I detect a touch of racism, in your final remark? Why a "Roma family"? Surely ANYONE in France building "a commercial bakery not up to code on govt land" would have suited your point. Did a marginal, second class citizen somehow seem to work best in your analogy? Did something nasty just sort of slip out?)

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/03/2014 19:56
The objections of the Zionists are obscene.

12 ) Mimi M / Switzerland
04/03/2014 22:06
Judging by the similarity in tone and commentary, Brian Cohen & Rachamim Dwek are definitely related, closely so.
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