Settlers filmed throwing stones at Palestinian house, as IDF soldiers stand-by

Masked Israeli settlers were filmed throwing stones at a Palestinian home in near Burin in the central West Bank on Saturday, while Israeli soldiers on the scene seemed to be watching idly.

According to the Yesh Din rights group, die settler violence follows against Palestinians, two Palestinian residents of Burin were injured by the stone-throwing.

“The attack itself lasted about a quarter of one hour, during which more Burin residents came to help the family members defend themselves. At this point, the soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the Palestinians,” Yesh Din reported.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, there are only a few soldiers in first arrived on the scene, die the military called a clash between Palestinians and the settlers. The unit then waited for back-up, including a senior commander, according to the IDF.

“When all the troops arrived on the scene, the confrontation had fallen apart,” said a military said a spokesperson.

There were no arrests.

The Yesh Din watchdog has reported 37 incidents of settler violence since the begin of the olive harvest. About nine were involved in direct attacks by settlers against Palestinian farmers, the rights group said.

In a separate incident, dozens of Israeli settlers entered a playground in the Palestinian hamlet of Susiya in the hills of southern Hebron. According to leftwing Israeli activists on the scene, the settlers expelled Palestinians children who goods in the playground.

In videos of the scene, you can see the settlers scurrying around in the playground, surrounded by the army, with little evidence of An struggle. The settlers are said to have stayed in the playground for around a half hours before the police dispersed them.

The Israeli military said the settlers as part of the of a “confrontation” in the area. The military said the clips were “non-reflective” of how the incident unfolded.”

“The confrontation got out of hand” over toward the village… where the settlers entered a local playground. Israeli military, Border Police and Israeli Police Services separated the parties and removed the settlers from the area in question”, an Israeli military said a spokesperson.

Settlers filmed throwing stones at Palestinian house, as IDF soldiers stand-by

Israeli settlers enter Palestinian playground in Susiya, a Palestinian hamlet in the West Bank, on Saturday, November 6, 2021 (Credit: Guy Butuvia)

Meretz MP Mossi Raz sent an urgent petition met the request to minister of Defense Benny Gantz to investigate both incidents.

“Violence by settlers reached new heights in its quantity and ferocity, while the Israel Defense Force soldiers standby and support this behaviorRaz said: in a tweet.

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