US condemns ‘shocking’ clip of settlers assaulting West Bank hikers

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The US condemns a group of Israeli settlers who were filmed last week assaulting a group of West Bank hikers made up of Palestinians and foreign nationals.

“The video showing Friday’s brazen assault on hikers, among them American citizens, north of Jericho is shocking. Those who incite violence + exacerbate tensions must stop,” tweets the US Embassy in Jerusalem’s Office of Palestinian Affairs.

In the footage, a young Jewish man can be seen swinging a club at the hikers, who back away and scream as he attacks them. Two women were injured by at least one of the youths, who assaulted them with a wooden club, and subsequently received medical treatment in Ramallah for their injuries. According to two eyewitnesses, the Israeli youths also fired pepper spray at some of the hikers.

As rights groups have lamented has long been the case in such incidents of settler violence, no arrests have been made yet of the Israeli suspects.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.