JEWISH TERRORISM AND LAND THEFT
Others established an outpost in Tekoa town
6 July, 2014 PIC
Bethlehem – A horde of armed Jewish settlers on Saturday afternoon chased a Palestinian boy from Artas village, south of Bethlehem, during his presence on a cultivated land owned by his father.
Local sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a group of fanatic settlers with their dogs chased 12-year-old Qasem Ayyash as he was collecting some cucumbers on his father’s land in Khalat Annahla area in an attempt to kidnap him.
The sources added that the boy, luckily, was able to reach his uncle, who managed to fend off the assailants, but later Israeli policemen showed up and confiscated the uncle’s ID card.
In another incident, another group of Jewish settlers sized about 100 dunums of Palestinian-owned land in Tekoa town to the east of Bethlehem and established a new outpost on it.
Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers placed four mobile homes on a Palestinian-owned land near their illegal settlement in the town.
Later last night, gangs of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian citizens and vehicles in Ramallah, Al-Khalil and Jerusalem cities.
Khaled Shehadeh from Deir Ammar town in Ramallah said that Jewish settlers from Halamish settlement in the town threw stones at his car and broke some of its windows as he was driving back home, adding that he suffered cuts in the attack.
He also said that the settlers chanted racist slurs and death threats against the Palestinians during the incident.
Other settlers from Gush Etzion settlement blocked the main road between Al-Khalil and Bethlehem cities and embarked on hurling stones at passing cars. Similar attacks on Palestinian vehicles were reported in Al-Hawour area in Halhoul city.
In the same context, the Israeli police detained on Saturday evening Palestinian citizens as they were defending themselves against settlers’ attacks in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.
A resident from the neighborhood said that some settlers attacked citizens in the area with pepper gas, which caused five of them, including a girl, to suffer from its effects, adding the settlers also smashed windows of seven cars.
He added that the Israeli police provided protection for the settlers during their attacks and detained two Palestinian young men identified as Ahmed and Mahmoud Al-Sabbagh as they were trying to ward off the settlers’ aggression.