Israelis filmed hurling stones at Palestinians in West Bank, aided by uniformed settlers who opened fire

Settlers hurling stones at Palestinians in the West Bank on February 12, 2024. (Screen capture/Yesh Din)
Settlers hurling stones at Palestinians in the West Bank on February 12, 2024. (Screen capture/Yesh Din)

The Yesh Din rights group reports two incidents of settler violence targeting residents of the northern West Bank village of Madama.

The first incident involved Yitzhar’s security coordinator along with several other uniformed settlers identified by Palestinians as locals from previous attacks. The settlers approached a Palestinian farmer working his land on a tractor in Area B of the West Bank, which Israeli civilians are barred from entering. The settlers stopped the farmer and demanded that he stop working while threatening him. The farmer decided to head back to Madama, but was subsequently blocked by the uniformed settlers.

A Palestinian driving a truck subsequently arrived at the scene to assist the farmer, leading the settlers to open fire in the air and toward the tractor, Yesh Din says, adding that the vehicle was damaged due to stone throwing and gunfire.

Shortly thereafter, a group of settlers descended from Yitzhar toward Madama and stole a water container belonging to a local Palestinians. They then covered their faces and began hurling stones at homes in the village. During the attack, the uniformed settlers repeatedly opened fire toward residents trying to assist those whose homes were being attacked.

There are no reports of any arrests and the IDF has not immediately issued a comment on the matter.

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