The events of the past week are part of a continuous campaign by the Israeli military to harass and intimidate the people of Kufr Qaddum into passively accepting the human rights violations the Israeli occupation, military and the illegal settlers inflict upon them.
Every week the farmers and herders of South Hebron hills request accompaniment from international activists to access their lands. Here we document the aftermath of a settler attack.
At approximately 16:30 on May 8, the Israeli army closed Zatara checkpoint in the central West Bank due to a settler demonstration in the junction. The roads from Ramallah to Nablus, Zatara to Jericho and Yasuf to Zatara were all closed to Palestinian cars.
Following yesterday’s killing of a Jewish settler form the militant illegal Yitzhar settlement, gangs of armed settlers accompanied by Israeli occupation army repeatedly attacked villages Burin, Asira and Urif.
The village road, together with the surrounding hills and houses were doused with tear gas using a weapon dubbed “the tempest”, which shoots dozens of tear gas canisters simultaneously, causing a fire in the surrounding fields and hospitalizing five people.
As the non-violent demonstrators, children among them, reached the top of the hill, Israeli soldiers approached and immediately began shooting tear gas.
IWPS visits Salem Military court, where Palestinians attend their ‘hearings’. After each court case, the family members are allowed one minute to talk to their sons. They do this from behind the guard-rail set at a right angle to where their sons stood.