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Today, Saturday, September 16, 2017, Ta’ayush activists entered the Carmel settlement in the south Hebron hills to protest the ongoing stone-throwing from the settlement towards the adjacent Palestinian village of Umm al-Kheir.
Every night for the past two and a half weeks, settlers from Carmel have been throwing stones at the Palestinian village, disturbing the sleep and disrupting the lives of the men, women, and children there. Neither the Israeli police, the army, nor the security coordinators of the settlement have done anything to prevent the stone-throwing, despite a complaint that was filed to the police and repeated notifications by the residents of Umm al-Kheir to all of the above-mentioned Israel bodies about the continuous incidents.
Soon after arriving at the Carmel settlement, the Ta’ayush activists were met by soldiers and by the civil emergency unit of the settlement, who tried to prevent them from entering.
One of the settlers physically attacked one of the Ta’ayush activists with his weapon and threw him on the ground, injuring his hand and shoulder.
The soldiers prevented the other activists from continuing into the settlement, claiming they would “disturb the Sabbath rest of the settlers” and violently pushed the activists outside of the settlement, even though they had no military order or probable cause to do so. The soldiers refused to identify themselves, including the soldier who witnessed the attack and the officer in charge.
Two Ta’ayush activists were arrested on “suspicion that they may obstruct public order” (an imaginary offence) and taken to the Kiryat Arba settlement police station, where they were interrogated and later released with no restrictions.
The police officers ignored the activists’ request to file a complaint about the settler attack of the Ta’ayush activist.
An army medic treated the injured Ta’ayush activist, who was later transferred by ambulance to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. His hand was broken and he was treated at the hospital.
A complaint to the police will be filed soon.