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Palestinian Accused of Assaulting Israeli Settler Released by Court on Thursday as Settlers' Accounts Come Into Question

12:00 Sep 22 2022 Ofer Military Prison & Court (כלא עופר), at-Tuwani (ﺍﻟتﻮﺍﻧﻲ) and Israel's Havat Maon (מָעוֹן) settlement

Palestinian Accused of Assaulting Israeli Settler Released by Court on Thursday as Settlers' Accounts Come Into Question
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Hafez Huraini, the Palestinian man who was arrested on suspicion of attacking an Israeli settler and was released on Thursday, in court, last week. Credit: Naama Grinbaum Published by Haaretz
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by Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
Sept 22, 2022

A military court has released a Palestinian man accused of assaulting an Israeli settler on conditions that include staying away from his own land for 30 days.

Hafez Huraini was arrested last week on suspicion of aggravated assault on an Israeli and police sought to keep him in custody for another five days. But the Ofer Military Court said the evidence reveals a “complicated picture,” and neither side’s story seems to match video footage of the incident.

Two Israelis have also been questioned on suspicion of assaulting Huraini, whom his family says was herding sheep at the time on his own land near the West Bank village of al-Tuwani. One Israeli – the man Huraini is accused of injuring – was recently released from the hospital after eight days. The other Israeli had been previously investigated one year ago on suspicion of assaulting Palestinians in al-Mufagara, another village in the South Hebron Hills.

Police said they wanted Huraini kept in custody, so they could question him about the Israelis’ story and then file charges. But Huraini’s lawyer, Riham Nassra, said police hadn’t even bothered questioning him again in the day since they finished questioning the Israelis.

Huraini himself told the court, “I saw death before me – young, strong, masked men.” He pointed out that he suffered two broken arms in the incident and can neither feed himself nor go to the bathroom by himself.

The judge, Maj. Mazi Mekonen, criticized the police for taking over a week to question the Israelis, saying such a severe incident warranted a speedier investigation.

As for the “complex picture” presented by the evidence, she noted that “both sides were armed with offensive weapons that they ultimately used against each other and that even caused injuries. At this stage, each side says the other side started the assault and is claiming self-defense.” Both sides also refused to divulge information about others who participated in the incident, she added.

While grounds for investigating Huraini exist, she continued, there are no grounds for keeping him in detention. She therefore ordered him released on bail of 10,000 shekels ($2,890) plus a third-party guarantee for another 5,000 shekels – but on condition that he stay away from the site of the incident, which took place on his own land, for 30 days, as well as from the nearby settlement outpost of Havat Maon.

His lawyer claimed that the allegations against him were refuted from the moment that a video clip of the incident was made available to the police and the public showing that he was attacked by armed and masked settlers.

“His 10 days in detention were only designed to obscure the truth and to maintain the false narrative that his accusers have created. During this period, the police refrained from questioning his attackers [as suspects] for nine days and in the process tainted the investigation that they are responsible for,” Riham Nassra said. “We will continue to demand that his name be cleared and that justice be meted out to the real attackers.”
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A Palestinian Defended Himself Against a Settler Attack, His Family Says. He Was Arrested and Remains Detained

Contrary to initial reporting, according to his family, his father was defending himself when he was attacked Sunday on his own property by two Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills

by Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
Sept 14, 2022

A Palestinian man who was arrested Monday on suspicion of attacking an Israeli settler in the South Hebron Hills was actually defending himself against a settler attack, his family told Haaretz on Wednesday. Contrary to accounts by settlers, the family says that the injured Israeli and another Israeli man had attacked the father and his son first.

According to the arrested man's son, the incident took place as they were herding sheep on the family's property in al-Tuwani, near the Havat Maon settler outpost. An Israeli security official claimed that a group of Palestinians had approached the outpost, prompting two Israelis to walk toward them from the outpost, after which one of the Palestinians attacked one of the Israelis.

The Palestinian suspect, Hafez Huraini of the village of al-Tuwani, broke his arm in the attack. He was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for medical treatment and was then placed in custody at the police station in Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron. The injured Israeli was reported to be in moderate to serious condition with wounds to his head.

A Palestinian man who was arrested Monday on suspicion of attacking an Israeli settler in the South Hebron Hills was actually defending himself against a settler attack, his family told Haaretz on Wednesday. Contrary to accounts by settlers, the family says that the injured Israeli and another Israeli man had attacked the father and his son first.

According to the arrested man's son, the incident took place as they were herding sheep on the family's property in al-Tuwani, near the Havat Maon settler outpost. An Israeli security official claimed that a group of Palestinians had approached the outpost, prompting two Israelis to walk toward them from the outpost, after which one of the Palestinians attacked one of the Israelis.

The Palestinian suspect, Hafez Huraini of the village of al-Tuwani, broke his arm in the attack. He was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for medical treatment and was then placed in custody at the police station in Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron. The injured Israeli was reported to be in moderate to serious condition with wounds to his head.

Huraini’s son, however, said that the incident was sparked when two masked Israelis from the Havat Maon outpost began throwing stones at a boy in the area. “Then they saw us and began attacking my dad. One of them used a wooden club and the second one had an iron club,” he said. Havat Maon, an illegal settler outpost which even the Israeli government does not officially recognize, has been the site of several attacks by settlers against Palestinian residents in the villages of al-Tuwani and Tuba.

Huraini had been holding a hoe, which he used to defend himself and push his assailant away, before three other settlers arrived in a car, his son recounted. When he attempted to approach his father, one of the Israelis fired in the air. “I was sure he was going to kill me,” he said.

Israeli soldiers and police then arrived at the scene, as did other Palestinians. A Red Crescent ambulance crew attempted to triage Huraini for medical treatment, but the soldiers placed him under arrest in the ambulance. The soldiers used gas grenades and stun grenades to disperse the Palestinians and two others were arrested.

Overnight between Monday and Tuesday, soldiers raided al-Tuwani. They fired tear gas and rubber bullets into homes and detained several residents from their homes and took them to the entrance to the village before releasing them.


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