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Settlers torch private Palestinian field in Hebron
Published Sunday 18/05/2014 (updated) 19/05/2014 15:23
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to a private Palestinian field in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday night as part of a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer.

Settlers circled around the field and watched as the fire burned olive trees, in a field that locals said belongs to the Iqneibi family.

Some of the settlers reportedly assaulted a cameraman who works for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz as he tried to take film the fire.

Lag BaOmer marks the the death of a 2nd century sage associated with Jewish mysticism, and is traditionally marked with bonfires.

Activist and co-founder of the Hebron activist group Youth against Settlements Issa Amro told Ma'an that Israeli settlers have recently been harassing and assaulting the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida in an attempt to scare them and get them to leave their houses and lands.

Hebron is a frequent site of tensions due to the presence of around 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants.

Tel Rumeida hosts one of the most militant Jewish settlements in the city, and locals complain of near daily harassment and attacks by the groups, who are under heavy Israeli military protection.
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1 ) Scidbox / Ireland
18/05/2014 13:25
What did the authorities do to stop this. There is a permanent IDF presence in Hon. Why do the IDF not stop this terrorism?

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/05/2014 18:17
'Israeli settlers set fire to a private Palestinian field in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday night as part of a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer.' Ah. A religious tradition, then. The burning of the neighbors' fields...

3 ) ALLAHU AKBAR / UMMAH
18/05/2014 21:27
DOWNusa

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/05/2014 22:05
ToScidbox #1: 'Why do the IDF not stop this terrorism?' You don't actually need an answer to that question, do you?

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/05/2014 22:11
'Lag BaOmer marks the the death of a 2nd century sage associated with Jewish mysticism...' It's telling what the Zionists have done with this holiday, actually. It first appeared in the 13th century, and commemorated a plague or something. In modern Israel, it was -- quite without foundation -- associated with the Bar Kochba revolt. A lot of cock 'n bull about Bar Kochba riding into battle on the back of a lion was dreamed up and fed to generations of Jewish schoolchildren.

6 ) ian / australia
24/05/2014 14:41
Orthodox Jews light bonfires all over the world on Lag BaOmer. Despite the bizarre occasion of commemorating the death (by plague) of 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's students, in effect, mass-murder as divine punishment for not being more respectful of each other (I'm not making this up), who doesn't like a bonfire? They're festive, colourful, exciting and bring the community together. (Torching someone ELSE'S land and assaulting a cameraman seem special touches they add in Hebron.)
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