Settler youth were filmed Friday afternoon hurling stones at a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank as Israel Defense Forces soldiers appeared to look on, without interfering in the attack.
Footage from the Yesh Din rights group showed roughly half a dozen masked Israelis pelting homes in Burin, near Nablus, for almost 20 minutes. At least two soldiers are seen walking through the group without appearing to take any action.
The rights group said the settlers had arrived from the direction of the Givat Ronen outpost, which has become known over the years as a hotbed for ultra-nationalist violence.
“At one point military forces arrived at the scene and began firing tear gas at Palestinians trying to protect the houses,” Yesh Din said in a statement, adding that two children suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation as a result, and that several homes were damaged by the stone-throwing.
The event lasted more than 20 minutes. According to testimonies obtained by @YeshDin, military forces that arrived at the scene fired tear gas at Palestinians, resulting in two children injured as a result of inhaling tear gas, as well as damage to houses. pic.twitter.com/stD9LqqgTn
— Lior Amihai (@lioramihai) October 9, 2020
“As is the case nearly every other time in the year, on the eve of the last night of the Sukkot holiday, violent settlers have decided to inflict terror on Palestinian residents in communities near the settlement of Yitzhar,” said Yesh Din CEO Lior Amichai, referencing another flashpoint Israeli town in the northern West Bank. “This happens while soldiers stand by, providing the violent rioters with protection instead of arresting them and protecting the Palestinians being attacked in their homes.”
Earlier Friday, Army Radio said defense officials were looking into whether Palestinian arsonists lit a portion of the fires ignited across the country amid a stifling heatwave. Residents of two settlements in the central West Bank were forced to temporarily evacuate their homes as a result of the blazes.
Last month, a pregnant woman and three other Palestinians were injured after Israeli settlers threw stones at the car they were traveling in.
The woman, who was 9-months pregnant, was seriously injured, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa news agency, which said the incident occurred near the West Bank town of Tursmusaya.
The reported stone-throwing recalled a similar incident in 2018 in which a Palestinian mother of eight was killed after a 16-year-old Israeli allegedly hurled a massive rock at the car she was traveling in.