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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Settlers Set Fires, Separate Attack Wounds 60-year-old Man, Clashes in Shu’fat

05.12.11 – 07:30

PNN -On Sunday afternoon, a group of Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural land in the northern West Bank. The burning, which destroyed five dunums of cultivated land, took place near Jenin on land that used to be controlled by the Homish settlement but was returned to Palestinians in 2005. 
Israeli soldiers patrol the Palestinian village of al-Walajeh (Brendan Work, PNN).
The attack came after Israeli police arrested seven female Jewish settlers for price tag attacks against Palestinians. According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the girls—six of them minors—are suspected of attacks on Palestinian olive trees. Two other women were held in custody for breaking into an Israeli army military base, spraying slogans and slashing tires.
In an unrelated settler attack on Saturday, Israeli settlers from Itamar in the north beat a 60-year-old Palestinian man who they claim intruded on their land. Ghassan Douglass, the PA official in charge of documenting settler attacks in the northern West Bank, said that Najeh Abu Qader was tending his own trees when he was set upon by a group of settlers who beat him violently and expelled him from his land.
Douglass said the area in question was “hundreds of meters” away from land considered part of Itamar.
Clashes in the East Jerusalem refugee camp of Shu’fat left 15 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers wounded, according to PNN reporter Maysa Abu Ghazaleh, following the Israeli decision to open a military checkpoint in the area.
Three units of Israeli musta’arabeen (soldiers dressed as Palestinians) entered the refugee camp on Saturday and fired live bullets at Palestinian youths. Fifteen Palestinians were wounded, with injuries reported to eyes and feet, as well as rubber bullet fire and sound bombs. Palestinians responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails, leading to three injuries on the Israeli side.
One Palestinian was also arrested in Shu’fat, but his name was not reported.
The planned checkpoint, which was announced last Thursday, would add several more neighborhoods to the 50,000 Palestinians excluded from access to Jerusalem.
An arrest was reported in the Nablus refugee camp of Balata, where Israeli troops detained 45-year-old Yasser Budrusawi and took him to an unknown location. In the Bethlehem-area village of al-Shawawreh, 23-year-old Mahmoud Ribaiyeh’s home was invaded and searched and he was instructed to come for an interrogation at Etzion military detention center within the week.

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