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Israeli forces detain Hebron man after settlers invade his home
Published Saturday 12/04/2014 (updated) 14/04/2014 12:35
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man on Saturday evening after he tried to defend his family from a home invasion by Jewish settlers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a local activist group said.

Mofid Sharbati, 46, was detained by Israeli forces after a group of settlers entered his home on Shuhada street in central Hebron, coordinator for Youth against Settlements Issa Amro said.

His brother Zidan Sharbati was wounded during the incident, which began when Jewish settlers entered their homes and began beating the brothers as well as members of their families.

When the two attempted to respond, Israeli forces who were on the scene came to the aid of settlers and continued the assault, Amro said.

Israeli forces detained Mofid during the incident, while Zidan was evacuated from the scene by an ambulance and taken to Hebron Hospital, where doctors said his wounds were "moderate."

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not have any information regarding the incident.

Jewish settlers routinely threaten and harass local Palestinians in Hebron's Old City in an effort to force them to hand over their properties for the expansion of Jewish settlements.

500 Jewish settlers already live 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 soldiers.

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.
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1 ) gabi / australia
13/04/2014 05:36
Doesn't Israel have laws against trespass? What a silly question. Of course they do, but only if it is Palestinian who is the trespasser. And only if he trespasses into an Israeli's home.

2 ) d'Arc / USA
13/04/2014 11:41
Interesting negotiation technique by the Israeli government.

3 ) Sander / The Netherlands
13/04/2014 11:59
"500 Jewish settlers already live 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 soldiers" ...This improves again extremist terrorist settlers and army are acting on the same side with the same objective; Kick out Palestinans with force from their own homes and properties to create and expand illegal settlements in Palestine.

4 ) Sander / The Netherlands
13/04/2014 12:04
Sorry for the typo im my previous comment "improves" must be "PROVES" pls. correct.

5 ) Maisie / UK
13/04/2014 15:57
With its behaviour, The Only Democracy in The Middle East seems to be paying tribute to its antecedents: the Nazis.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 03:24
This is a kind of lowlight. Sometimes, Israel manages to surpass even itself. Kinda like doing the limbo: how low can that bar go?

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 06:13
Anyway, definitely an 'only in Israel' headline. 'Israeli forces detain Hebron man after settlers invade his home.' Where else? Gotta admit -- without Zionism we'd have been denied all kinds of ethical novelties.

8 ) Rami / Palestine
15/04/2014 08:30
You couldn't make this up if you tried. Terrorist breaks into man's house escorted by the most moral army in the world. Man whose house was broken into was arrested. Totally normal, guys. Totally normal in the only western democracy in the Middle East.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
19/04/2014 21:03
Zionazis in Israel once again show casing their apartheid tactics to the world! Netanyahu knows no shame!
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