Israeli settlers assault Palestinian civilians


Israeli settlers assaulted Wednesday  Palestinian civilians, including children, in the neighborhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, according to WAFA news agency.

Zuhair Rajabi, who speaks for residents of Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan, told WAFA that settlers and their guards who occupy buildings in the Arab neighborhood assaulted children and the residents in Batn al-Hawa by spraying them with pepper.

He said one woman and her infant son had to be taken to hospital for treatment following the assault.

Settler violence against Palestinians is routine in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the attackers are rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and lack to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

B’Tselem furthermore adds “The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory”.