Settlers, Palestinians clash near West Bank village

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

A confrontation breaks out between settlers from the illegal West Bank outpost of Homesh and residents of the nearby Palestinian village of Burka.

Video footage distributed by the Yesh Din organization, which campaigns against the settlements, shows masked men throwing stones at Palestinians in a cemetery in Burka.

One individual pictured among the assailants has his face uncovered and is sporting a yarmulke and long peyot, or sidelocks, typical of some religious settlers.

According to information passed to Yesh Din by a resident of the village, the attackers also threw rocks at a house close to the cemetery, smashing windows.

A spokesperson for the Homesh outpost says, however, that Palestinians from Burka set fires close to the outpost and that an Israeli man was injured in the confrontation and was taken for medical treatment.

A picture of a man with a bloodied head is also forwarded by the spokesperson.

The IDF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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