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    Sabbath Riot by Settlers in Hebron November 29th, 2005 by ISM activists in Hebron palsolidarity.org On the 26th of November in the West Bank, a large number of
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2005
      Sabbath Riot by Settlers in Hebron
      November 29th, 2005
      by ISM activists in Hebron
      palsolidarity.org


      On the 26th of November in the West Bank, a large number of armed
      Israeli Settlers visiting Hebron for the commemoration of the Biblical
      character Abraham's burial of Sarah broke Palestinian property and
      assaulted Palestinians. The rioting Settlers, numbering some one
      hundred and sixty people rioted in the `H2' area of Hebron, so
      designated after the Oslo Two Peace Accord and the Hebron Protocol.
      `H2' is that area of Hebron under Israeli civil control as opposed to
      the larger more populated `H1' area which is under Palestinian
      Authority civil control. A large number of Palestinian families still
      remain in this Israeli controlled (and Settler occupied) `H2' area and
      are subject to daily intimidation by local Settlers and Israeli
      military restrictions. International Human Rights Observers (HROs)
      remain in Tel Rumeida (H2) and daily escort Palestinian children to
      school and accompany the adults about daily errands.

      Large numbers of Settlers began roaming the streets of H2 around
      midday. The majority were teenage youths. Initially, they shouted
      obscenities and spat at passing Palestinians. Around two thirty in the
      afternoon, a large fight broke out between the mob gathered at the top
      of Tel Rumeida street and the sons of several Palestinian families who
      were standing outside their house. One son received a fractured
      collarbone and another was badly beaten. The Israeli military had
      quickly arrived to keep Settlers away from the Palestinians, however
      they were greatly outnumbered by Settlers and were unable to break up
      the mob or prevent much of the stoning. After the Palestinians fled
      into their homes, attention then turned on the nearby home of the
      Human Rights Observers and for over two hours, five of them, with a
      German photojournalist remained locked indoors while their apartment
      was stoned and obscenities and death threats yelled at them. Another
      three HROs unaware that their nearby!

      Someone whose home was under siege tried to escort a single
      Palestinian student through this crowd and were beaten until the
      Israeli soldiers pulled them out.

      Large numbers of the Settlers carried automatic weapons. Members of
      the Settler Militia were particularly aggressive toward the Western
      HRO's throughout the day often shouldering and tripping them in an
      effort to provoke them. The HROs reported twelve separate incidents of
      physical assault including grabbing, pushing, shouldering, tripping
      and knocking one person to the ground. The mob toward evening moved
      along Tel Rumeida street entering Palestinian property, preventing
      returning Palestinians from entering their houses, breaking windows
      and beating on doors. The Israeli military closed a checkpoint which
      allows Palestinians from H2 to access H1 for over two hours while the
      mob paraded and Palestinians were also prevented from accessing their
      homes in H2 from the south. It was observed that television
      journalists were prevented by an Israeli soldier from entering the H2
      area to film the riot and the Settlers that surrounded the soldier.
      Settlers remained on the street until sunset when the Sabbath fast ended.

      Although the Israeli Police were called on over eight separate
      occasions during the day, their presence on the street was minimal and
      was of short duration when they did arrive. Only one Settler was seen
      to be detained. It was left to a small number of Israeli soldiers to
      hold back the Settlers. Nevertheless, many windows, doors and rooftop
      water heaters were smashed and Palestinians stoned, beaten and
      intimidated by Settlers. Despite repeated pleas, Police and army
      numbers remained minimal thus giving these armed Settlers free reign
      to roam the streets of `H2' and continue the process of intimidation
      toward its Palestinian residents, a process which has the ultimate
      goal of evicting them from their homes. On Shuhaddah street adjacent
      to Tel Rumeida alone only eleven out of the fifty two families remain.
      One more family is currently trying to leave. Despite the recent high
      publicity Gaza pullouts, the remainder of the Settler community
      continues to use violence and intimidation to expand and consolidate
      unabated.

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