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US condemns settler attack on Palestinian village in Hebron Hills

CM 01/10/2021


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The United States rebuked Israel over a settler attack on the Palestinian village of Khirbet al-Mufaqarah in the South Hebron Hills earlier this week, in which a three-year-old boy was injured in the head.
“The US government strongly condemns the acts of settler violence that took place against Palestinians in villages near Hebron in the West Bank on September 28,” a US Embassy spokesperson said on Friday.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid had issued a harsh statement about the incident: “This violent incident is horrific and it is terror,” reads the tweet. “This isn’t the Israeli way and it isn’t the Jewish way. This is a violent and dangerous fringe and we have a responsibility to bring them to justice.”
The Embassy spokesperson acknowledged Lapid’s statement.
“We appreciate the Foreign Minister and other officials’ strong and unequivocal condemnations of this violence,” the spokesperson said.
The left-wing NGO Peace Now called the attack a “pogrom.”
B’Tselem account of the Israeli settler attack on a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank, September 28, 2021. (Credit: B’Tselem)
It also disputed Lapid’s statement that the attackers were a “fringe” group, alleging that the “hilltop thugs” have the backing of Israeli security forces.
According to the left-wing group B’Tselem, the attackers “invaded Palestinian homes, smashed windows, and caused massive damage to equipment, including many vehicles.”
Border policemen and IDF soldiers who responded to the incident used tear gas to quell the violence.
After the attack, Muhammad Baker Mahmoud Hamamdeh, 3, was hospitalized at Soroka Medical Center with a head injury and is expected to be released. MK Mossi Raz (Meretz) visited him on Thursday.
A number of envoys at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York also spoke out about Tuesday’s attack.
Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN Geraldine Byrne Nason told the UNSC at its Wednesday meeting: “We unreservedly condemn yesterday’s incident of settler violence in the South Hebron Hills in which a young child was injured. 
“We call on the Israeli authorities to hold those responsible accountable and to end the culture of impunity against all such incidents of violence,” Nason said.
In his briefing to the council, UN Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland also condemned settler violence.
“I am deeply concerned by the continued settler-related violence,” Wennesland said, explaining that Israel “has an obligation to ensure the safety and security of the Palestinian population and to investigate such attacks.” 
He added that there were reports that of “armed settlers carrying out attacks against Palestinians in proximity to Israel security forces.”
On Thursday IDF Central Command head Maj.-Gen. Yehuda Fox made an unusual visit to Mufaqarah to survey the damage and speak with Palestinian residents.
Police have since arrested six Israelis and one Palestinian believed connected to the attack on Mufaqarah. 
The Palestinian was released, but the six Israelis, including a resident of the Maon Farm outpost and two Jerusalem residents, are still in various stages of legal proceedings.
Police are still questioning two suspects, who were arrested on Thursday, while the other four have already been brought to court. Only one of the Israeli suspects was released with restrictions, and all the others remain in custody. Three of the suspects will be released next week.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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