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Settlers attack, wound six-year-old Palestinian girl

West Bank settlers attacked a six-year-old Palestinian girl with rocks in the South Hebron Hills on Saturday, wounding her in the head, according to Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem.

Six-year-old Palestinian girl after being reportedly attacked by the settlers of Havat Maon. (photo: B'Tselem/Nasser Nawaj'a)

Six-year-old Palestinian girl bleeds from her head after being attacked by masked settlers from Havat Maon. (photo: B’Tselem/Nasser Nawaj’a)

The girl was wounded after a group of masked settlers threw rocks at her near the entrance to the illegal outpost of Havat Maon, said B’Tselem. She was also lightly injured in her leg as she attempted to flee. B’Tselem reported that Israeli police took the girl and her father to a local station to file a complaint, and that she was treated at a local clinic for her wounds. The police are currently searching for suspects.

Attacks by settlers on Palestinian civilians are a nearly everyday occurrence across the occupied West Bank. While Palestinians themselves are often the target of settler violence, Palestinian homes, property and sources of income are also constantly at risk. Just between March 10-15, OCHA recorded seven attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians or their property. This included physical assault and injury of two men in Hebron and East Jerusalem; the uprooting of 72 olive trees in At Tuwani and Al Khader; and vandalism to four vehicles and several water tanks. 

According to human rights group Yesh Din, between 2005-2013 just 8.5 percent of investigations against Israeli settlers suspected of harming Palestinians and their property ended in indictment. In the vast majority of cases, the investigators simply failed to locate the offenders or to collect sufficient evidence for prosecution. If recent history is any guide, the likelihood that the settlers who attacked the girl will be located is extremely low. 

And while the police and army are considered the two bodies entrusted with protecting the Palestinian civilian population, they often protect the settlers or turn the other cheek in the face of their violence.

The settlers of Havat Maon — an outpost on the edge of the already-established settlement of Maon — are notorious for their violence against the surrounding villages of At Tuwani and Tuba. I visited the area along with activists from Ta’ayush on a solidarity trip in early 2011; we planned to re-plant hundreds of trees that had been felled just a few days earlier, most likely by the settlers of Havat Maon.

When we arrived, accompanied by IDF soldiers, the settlers immediately made their way toward where we were working. Confrontations began as they started yelling “whore!” at an elderly woman who was trying to pick weeds, and continued when they attempted to attack some of the locals who were with us. At some point, an older settler came up and told me that he couldn’t wait for the day that I would be hung in the middle of Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. A few minutes later group of hooded teens began kicking sheep that belonged to a Palestinian shepherd. The soldiers just stood there and did little more than try and separate the two groups.

After what seemed like hours of verbal abuse, the soldiers declared the area a closed military zone, and forced the Palestinians back into their village. The order did not apply to the settlers, who continued walking around the fields of the village, taunting the Palestinians and the activists from afar. The Palestinians refused to go back, and eventually began clashing with some of the soldiers, one of them even throwing a rock at settlers. A group of three or four soldiers pounced on the him, arrested him and threw him in the back of a jeep. The settlers, some 40 feet away, were dancing and laughing hysterically.

Then we went home.

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    1. Weiss

      Warsaw Ghetto version 2.0

      That’s why they resist…

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    2. Pedro X

      972mag only mentions one side of the story. It fails to mention Palestinian violence on Israelis in Judea and Samaria. For instance, on March 17 near Jerusalem an Egged Bus was the object of a stoning attack by Arabs. A young Israeli child was injured and required medical attention. These attacks against Israelis happen continually.

      A Jewish man was driving to a local store to buy something when he passed Bethlehem near the Hussan Junction in the Gush Etzion area. His car was targeted with a firebomb. The driver suffered first and second degrees burns to his body. The Hussan Junction in the Gush Etzion has been subject to continuing Arab attacks with rocks and firebombs against Israeli cars and buses.

      A few months back an eleven year old female Israeli child returning from an enriched math class in Jerusalem had the car in which she was riding fire bombed. She suffered third degree burns over her body. Adele Briton recently died from complications from a stoning attack. Does 972mag publish any pictures of these injured Israelis?

      The above article suggest that Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Judea and Samaria is nearly a daily occurrence. Yet it fails to mention the magnitude of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria. United Hatzallah in 2013 released statistics on the number of Arab attacks on Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria. For the first six months of 2013 there were 5635 attacks, that is an average of 31 attacks per day or more than one attack every hour for the first 182 days of the year. 611 of those attacks were fire bombs thrown at Israeli citizens.

      So, why does not 972mag tell the whole story about Arab and Israeli violence against each other in Judea and Samaria? I think that it has something to do with the bias and incitement of hatred which 972mag exhibits on a daily basis against Jewish Israelis.

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      • Bryan

        Three points Pedro:

        (1) “I think that it has something to do with the bias and incitement of hatred which 972mag exhibits on a daily basis against Jewish Israelis.” There is an obvious “bias” or point of view here because this site unashamedly admits to being opposed to the occupation, but to speak of incitement to hatred against Jewish Israelis is patently absurd, since most of the contributors are Jewish Israelis. If you don’t like the message that this site provides, then why not go off to the numerous other sites which will feed your sense of victim-hood and present a picture that feel more comfortable with.

        (2) One might legitimately complain when a major national quasi-monopolistic media outlet (e.g. the New York Times, the BBC or Fox News) displays a consistent bias, though in the internet age when alternative sources of information are so readily available even that complaint is not so compelling as it once was. However a small and poorly funded non-institutional site may quite legitimately pursue a subset of special interest topics of particular relevance to its core constituency.

        (3) Suppose incidents of violence committed by settlers against Palestinians were to be equaled or even exceeded by incidents of violence by Palestinians against settlers would that make any difference? No, because the Occupation is the problem. No settlers and no army of occupation, no checkpoints, no land confiscation, no skunk water, no midnight arrests, no house demolitions, no wall, no “price tag”, no war crimes of impunity, then there would be no incidents of violence by settlers or by Palestinians within the liberated territories. Supposing there was a miraculous peace and settlers chose to remain under Palestinian rule in the territories, on land which had been legally acquired, and living at peace with their neighbours – and that attacks on them continued – then you would be perfectly entitled to complain about such incidents. Until then – IT’S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID.

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        • Richard Cranium

          Bryan, we,get that there is an editorial bias here. Duh. What is reprehensible is the distortion of facts.

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      • Martin

        It was so obvious that MrDistraXtion himself would explain us why the girl and all other Arabs are terrorists and the girl deserved it.

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      • Weiss

        Absent from your epic rant is ANY condemnation of this brutal and criminal act against this young Palestinian girl.

        Have you NO SHAME?

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    3. Jello

      You mean rocks can hurt people?

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    4. Kareem Jeans

      Hey, that’s not fair! Only Arabs are allowed to throw rocks.

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    5. Kareem Jeans

      More Pollywood. A rock cannot pixelate ones face. I call bullshit.

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      • Brian

        You are the same snide little sniveling punk, cream jeans, that’s for sure. People don’t change. You are emblematic of a lot about the occupation. Thanks for the illustrative assistance.

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        • Kareem Jeans

          Punk lol. You are about four decades behind on insults used in popular culture. You may as well called me a beatnik or a gutter snipe. Of course you are a punk ass bitch, but thst is something else altogether.

          PS: if you actually read the entire sentence, you would not have stroked out like you did

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          • Brian

            Right. Only Jews get to call defenseless old women whores and beat people up and laugh and carry on about it, all the while being protected by massive armed forces, who pounce on those who fight back while cuddling the perpetrators. It’s great fun isn’t it? You disgust me.

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          • Kareem Jeans

            Brian, this your second post in a row that is full of your trauma, projections, distortions, and anything else but referring to the,content that you are responding too,
            There is no reason for anyone to take your views seriously,

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          • Weiss

            @Kareem the Fascist

            At least I’m using my real name and not hiding behind a Muslim name while pretending to be Jewish.

            It will be very entertaining when a Palestinian State is FORCED upon you by the Entire International community…

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          • Kareem Jeans

            Weiss, who can even parse out what your second paragraph is
            But there will be no Palistinain state forced. If thst were possible, Israel would have done it already.

            Shouldn’t you be ashamed about your mom or someother insignant issue?

            Weiss, you are still a bitch. I pity you

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    6. Ronni

      Edo, could you please reply to me about the picture of the two young men with sticks in their hands and and their faces covered. They don’t have kafiyahs and they don’t have tsi tsi hanging from their shirts. Don’t settlers usually have identifying clothing when they go on their rampages? It was the picture that was posted about the Palestinian girl who got a rock to the head. When I reposted that on my facebook page, some friends challenged me on the photo. Thanks in advance to your answer.

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