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International Volunteers Beaten By Settlers


International Volunteers Beaten By Settlers

[Einabus, Awarta, West Bank]

International and Israeli volunteers were beaten by a group of young Israeli settlers while they were accompanying Palestinian farmers picking olives at midday today. As a result of the destruction of approximately 250 trees by settlers, farmers from the Einabus area were afraid to harvest their olives without the presence of observers from Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Palestinian farmers are frequently attacked on their land by settlers who are not held to account for their actions.

Sixty-six year old John (ISM) from San Francisco and Rabbis Ascherman and Nir (RHR) were beaten with stones and clubs by young men (some with masked faces) from Izhar settlement. John has a badly injured leg and is currently being treated in Rabin Medical Centre (Beilinson Hospital) for a suspected fracture. The Rabbis have suffered bruising but have not required hospital treatment.


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