Seven Palestinians Injured By Soldiers, Settlers, Fire South Of Nablus

12:00 Feb 23 2013 Qasra and Aboud

Settlers and soldiers working together against the residents of Qusra Feb.24, 2013 (photo:Yesh Din)

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Saturday February 23, 2013; Palestinian medical sources reported that two Palestinians have been injured by rounds of live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers invading Qasra village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported.

Mohammad Al-Wadi, an activist of the Popular Committee against the Wall, stated that one of the residents was shot in the foot while the other was shot in his abdomen.

The clashes started after a group of extremist Israeli settlers invaded the village, and hurled stones at a local home. Later on, Israeli soldiers invaded the village, and opened live fire at the residents.

Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers cut several trees in an orchard that belongs to a resident identified as Jabali Abu Reeda.

The settlers also surrounded two homes that belong to residents Tawfiq Abdul-Majid, and Abed Tawfiq, leading to further clashes between the settlers and the residents.

The settlers repeatedly invade Qasra and nearby villages, and recently invaded the village and burnt six cars that belong to local residents.

In related news, four Palestinians have been injured, two seriously, by Israeli soldiers’ fire invaded the village of Aboud, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.


Israeli Settlers Shoot and Injure Palestinians in Qusra

NABLUS, February 23, 2013 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Saturday opened fire at residents of the Nablus area village of Qusra injuring two people who were taken to Nablus hospital for treatment, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the north of the West Bank.

He said settlers attacked the village, south of Nablus, cutting down trees and throwing rocks at homes while opening fire at the residents.

He said one of the injured was hit in the abdomen and the second in the leg.

A resident told WAFA that shooting was heavy and that it was coming from all directions. He said dozens of settlers were on the outskirts of the village waiting to attack.

Daghlas said the settlers damaged dozens of trees residents have planted on land on the outskirts of the village and then threw rocks at homes in the area causing panic.

Residents confronted the settlers and clashed with them, he said.



Four Injured, Two Seriously, In Aboud Village

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Saturday February 23, 2013; Four Palestinians have been injured, two serious, by Israeli soldiers’ fire invaded the village of Aboud, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported.

Eyewitnesses reported that Mohammad Asfour, 21, a university student, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head causing a fracture in his skull, and was moved to the Rafidia Hospital in Nablus suffering a serious injury. Medical sources reported that Asfour is currently in a coma.

Furthermore, resident Najm Abdul-Hamid Al-Barghouthi, 30, was shot by a live round in the knee causing a fracture. He was moved to the Rafidia Hospital.

Two more residents, identified as Ehab Al-Barghouthi and Omar Abdul-Qader, were mildly injured.

Also on Saturday, seven Palestinians have been injured in Qasra village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after Israeli soldiers and settlers invaded the village.

The settlers also hurled stones at a number of homes in the village, local sources reported.


A pogrom in Qusra
by Annie Robbins on February 28, 2013
for Mondoweiss

Last Saturday a mob of armed settlers attacked a Palestinian village, and the Israeli military brought up the rear, and now a child is fighting for his life. This complicity occurs time and time again: violent settlers and the Israeli military acting as a tag team against Palestinians. (Israel is busy spinning this as heroic soldiers rescues Arab, but we'll get to that later.)

Take a look at that photo up there: those criminals are not being arrested. Even if they initiated the attack on their own, the settlers look to have army coordination in carrying it out. These violent settlers are not being thwarted by the Israeli military, who are supposed to be protecting civilians.

Let's take a closer look at the pogrom being carried out by settlers and soldiers in Qusra.

International Solidarity Movement: Young man fighting for his life following settler attack on Qusra:

Around 15 settlers from Esh Kodesh (Holy Fire) and Shilo entered Qusra...At around 11am this morning settlers began attacking the village of Qusra. Armed with rifles, they attacked homes on the outskirts of Qusra, throwing stones they broke windows. The youths of the village attempted to defend their homes. In the clashes that ensued Helmi Abdul Azeez Hassan was shot by a settler, the bullet narrowly missed his heart.

Soldiers arrived on the scene and, as usual, protected the invading settlers.

Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din, Not "conflicts," a pogrom:

A group of settlers, coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided ...Palestinian village of Kusra. Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a "conflict" in the village. There wasn't any.

A conflict is what happens when two sides of more or less equal strength clash. What took place in Kusra is much more similar to the Czarist period and to the American South before the passage of the civil rights laws: a group of bullies attacking a persecuted minority, and then receiving the protection of the law enforcement forces.

Look at these pictures, taken yesterday: Settlers and soldiers firing together at the residents of Kusra, while the latter are standing on their lands. The regular Israel, whose media makes an effort not to report what goes on in the West Bank – more on this below – will automatically excuse it by saying the army has to put down "disturbances of order." Okay. So what are the settlers doing there?

The repeating pattern is of attacks, theft, damage to property – with the police doing nothing and the army becoming a part of the problem. In an incident from last September, Palestinians were attacked by settlers; one Palestinian was reportedly kidnapped by them for a short while. In response, the army forces arrived…. and used tear gas and stun grenades on the Palestinians. The police closed the case, claiming “perpetrator unknown." -


According to this Qusra resident, this is the 4th attack this week:

How are people supposed to live like this? Gurvitz reports Yesh Din sent a letter to the army commander in the region because these violent settlers will not stop attacking this village. Complaints just stack up, and they do nothing.

Yesh Din can document "ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians":

The human rights organization Yesh Din sent an urgent letter today (January 3) to Brig.-Gen. Hagai Mordechai, commander of the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, and to Commissioner Amos Yaacov, commander of the Judea and Samaria District Police, demanding that the security forces allocated additional personnel to protect the Palestinian civilian population in the Shilo Valley area, following serious attacks by settlers over the past week,

Over the past week, Yesh Din has documented ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians. The incidents include the cutting down of trees, throwing of stones at residents’ homes and so-called “price tag” attacks, among others.
These attacks have caused damage to property as well as injuries:
• A 4-year-old boy from Jalud was injured in the head by stones thrown at night at the houses in the village
• A resident of Karyut suffered a broken skull after stones were thrown at his car
Full list detailed in the attached letter (Hebrew)

According to various reports, these incidents of violence and attacks against property have been committed by settlers from the adjacent outposts, with the goal of deterring Palestinian farmers from exercising their right to farm their land.

In the letter to the security forces, Attorney Adar Grayevsky of the Yesh Din legal team emphasized that: “These are grave incidents in which, prima facie, dozens of settlers have acted with impunity, imposing terror against Palestinian residents of the area through acts of unbridled violence and vandalism.” -

Full Letter (pdf)

And here's the covering the pogrom:

Arab rioters who are injured when they try to attack IDF soldiers or police are provided an important “health benefit” - they are often taken for treatment to hospitals in Israel. Many of the Arab rioters injured in unrest in Judea and Samaria are taken to Israeli hospitals in ambulances, but on Saturday, for the first time in a decade, Israel provided a helicopter to take an Arab rioter who was injured after he rushed IDF troops, throwing rocks and bricks at soldiers, with soldiers responding with anti-riot tactics and injuring the attacking Arab.


A senior IDF medical officer told Arutz Sheva that in the months since the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense, the number of riots by PA Arabs had climbed significantly, as had the number of injured Arab rioters. Consequently, the number of Arab rioters Israel is treating in its hospitals – at its own expense, of course – had also grown considerably.

Saturday's incident occurred in the course of a riot by Arabs in the village of Kafr Kutzra, near Shechem. The Arab was badly injured in the incident, and was taken to a hospital in Shechem. Doctors there decided that they did not have the facilities to help the rioter – but called in the IDF, in the hope that the army would transport him to Israel, where there were facilities to deal with his injuries.

The attacking settlers have been erased from their coverage.

The International Solidarity Movement:

A local resident explained to ISM volunteers that he cannot remember a week in which Qusra had not been attacked over the last two years. He went on to say that recently things have been getting progressively worse. Today’s assault is the culmination of events which have been evolving all week. There have been incursions in three out of the last four days. The village expects more in the week to come.

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