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Settler celebration of life of Sarah turns into a torment for Palestinians in Hebron

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Hebron activist Badee Dwaik sent us the video below showing a group of settlers celebrating the “feast of Sarah” on Thursday night in Hebron by threatening Palestinians who live in a locked-down portion of the city. Dwaik said some of the settlers carried guns, according to Palestinians who witnessed the action, and chanted “Am Yisrael Chai” — the people of Israel live.
“Israel is the only state in which there are two armies, namely the organized official army and the army of settlers armed with weapons,” Dwaik said. “Where Jewish settler festivals have become a hell for Palestinian families.”

The settlers, from the nearby illegal colony of Kiryat Arba, threw stones and empty bottles of wine at Palestinian homes in the Hebron Arif Jaber neighborhood. Earlier in the same neighborhood, a group of Israeli armed forces broke into a school, terrorizing students and arresting a teacher.

Activist Imad Abu Shamsiyah, a founder along with Dwaik of the group of Human Rights Defenders and a coordinator of the national campaign to lift the closures on Hebron, said that large numbers of settlers attacked the families of Hajj Mufid al-Sharbati and Jamila Shalaldeh in Shuhada Street, which is under lockdown by Israeli forces, and called for the deportation of Arabs. Abu Shamsiyah says that he and his 12-year-old son were chased in the streets by a group of settlers, some of them wearing masks to prevent identification.

“I appeal to international human rights and media organizations and Western governments that provide pressure on Israel to respect the values of human rights because the issue has become serious and a matter of life or death,” Abu Shamsiyah said.

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  1. Marnie on November 12, 2017, 12:44 pm

    The army has no control over these thugs and watching the video and seeing the soldiers pointing their weapons anywhere but at the source of all the problems, the settler trash, I am sick and feel fear for the palestinian population there.

    • Kaisa of Finland on November 12, 2017, 8:10 pm

      “The army has no control over these thugs..”

      Your comment reminded me of this video published by Breaking the Silence:

      “The record date -16.10.15- day operations of Rabbis for Human Rights organization with Palestinian farmers are also accompanied them legal. The olive harvest their lands outside the settlement fence stockmen matches the same day with military and civil administration.”

      This is worth watching..

      • Marnie on November 12, 2017, 11:36 pm

        “I’m the sheriff, as I told you. You’re welcome to try to argue. I know the law is on my side.” And that’s it in a nutshell. Thanks for the video. fucking thugs.

        Wishful thinking.

  2. Citizen on November 12, 2017, 4:46 pm

    What do Dick & Jane get out of this–I ask because they fund it & they can’t afford to do that?

  3. JosephA on November 12, 2017, 6:16 pm

    How sad and disgusting. Where are the international troops, diplomats, and economic sanctions?

  4. Egbert on November 13, 2017, 5:27 am

    At what point does this sort of thing constitute a pogrom?

  5. Ronald Johnson on November 13, 2017, 8:55 am

    Did the celebrants visit the grave of Baruch Goldstein?

    We just had a church shooting in the US with 29 killed, but it is not likely that the dead killer will get a monument for veneration.

    • Keith on November 13, 2017, 3:15 pm

      RONALD JOHNSON- “We just had a church shooting in the US with 29 killed….”

      What if it had been a synagogue? What would have been the repercussions?

  6. Ronald Johnson on November 13, 2017, 4:51 pm

    Well, Keith, I would not go there. My purpose is to call attention to the existence of a faction in Israel that advocates violence – in the Baruch Goldstein example and, further, in the notion that Yitzhak Rabin was a “rodef”, or a “moser” deserving of death. Religions on the books have been corrupted with violent interpretations, it seems, with notable exceptions. We search in vain for the Hutterite militia.

  7. Ossinev on November 14, 2017, 9:14 am

    Many thanks for the Sheriff video.
    Loved the skinny little “security” moron with his cool shades and his Wild West dude this and dude that. What a pathetic little pr..k pumped up with self importance and the reassurance of his automatic rifle and the comforting arms and words of his fellow pr..ks in the most moral.

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