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Settlers 'attack' Palestinian families in central Hebron
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 09/03/2014 10:30
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian residents and international activists near Shuhada Street in the center of the flashpoint southern West Bank City of Hebron, a local activist said.

Activist Imad Atrash said that a group of Jewish settlers from the Ramat Yishai outpost in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of central Hebron attacked the Abu Shamsieh and Sidr families, as well as foreign activists from the International Solidarity Movement.

The attack comes days after settlers erected a banner nearby reading "Palestine never existed! (and never will)."

Atrash said that after the banner was erected, "residents asked solidarity activists to protect them from the daily settler attacks" they were facing.

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. They are protected by thousands of Israeli forces.

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.

Since Israeli forces shut down the street in 1994, over 40 percent of the area's Palestinian homes had been abandoned and three-quarters of commercial establishments had shut down to the severe difficulties they faced as a result of the street closure and checkpoints, according to a 2007 report by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.
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1 ) Kylie / SD
09/03/2014 01:06
The Palestinians of Hebron have lost their lives and livelihood because of these terrorist settlers and their acts of terror. What never existed in the holyland is these Non Semitic khazars who these monsters are spawns of. The Palestinians are the true decedents of the Israeli Jews of past and these Zionists know it that's why they kill them. The world should be ashamed of the holocaust that these zionists have inflicted on the Palestinian people for 66 years so far. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
09/03/2014 01:24
And the founder of this settlement movement in Hebron , is Rabbi Levinger , an American from BROOKLYN

3 ) Mel / USA
09/03/2014 01:46
Delusory revisionists. Strange how their indoctrination turns these morons into the ONLY people on planet earth who believe Palestine never existed,LOL! I suppose they believe that men rode on dinosaurs before the extinction,or the earth is FLAT? Fear not Palestine,Shuhada Street will THRIVE again,with common-sensical,sane,Arabs & Jews working/living side-by-side freely,equally & happily,as before,once Israel is purged of rule-by-fringe-radical Zionism &it's colonial occupation in OVER!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/03/2014 05:16
Isn't it kind of silly to post a banner stating 'Palestine never existed' in Palestine?

5 ) Richa / Italy
09/03/2014 10:24
Really? You stole there land and now your trying to steal their food touting falafel and hummus as Israeli dish and you say Palestine didn't exist. Face it you wanna bees are hell bent on mimicking the Palestinian identity. Palestine/Canaan existed and exists. One thing for sure this barbaric imposter state is not Holy Israel!

6 ) M / M
10/03/2014 00:29
When did Palestine exist?
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