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Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilian and Property
May 5th 2005
Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law have launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. IOF have continued to confiscate areas of Palestinian land for settlement activities.
On Thursday morning, 28 April 2005, IOF started to raze areas of Palestinian land, which were confiscated on 11 March 2005, in Deir al-Hatab village. IOF claimed that this land was confiscated for military purposes, but in fact it was confiscated to expand the neighboring `Allon Moreh` settlement. IOF also established a road leading to the aforementioned settlement and placed around 15 tents on the land. The area of this land is estimated at 165 donums and it belongs to Palestinian civilians from Nablus.
Also on Thursday, a number of Israeli settlers from `Ramat Yishai` settlement post in Tal Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron severely beat Ma`moun Ta`ma Abu Rumaila, 20, when he was grazing animals near his house. He sustained bruises.
On Friday morning and noon, 29 April 2005, Israeli settlers living in `Ramat Yishai` settlement post in Tal Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron attacked Palestinian civilians and property. They threw stones, bottles and garbage. They tried to break into Mohammed Hamed Abu `Eisha`s house in the center of the neighborhood. These attacks took place while members of the Israeli military stood by and watched.
On Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2005, Israeli settlers living in `Sousia` settlement, south of Hebron, launched a series of attacks on Palestinian civilians living in the neighboring Sousia village to prevent them from reaching their agricultural land near the aforementioned settlement. For instance, on Friday afternoon, 29 April 2005, an Israeli settler severely beat Wadha Mohammed al-Nawaja`a, 60, when she tried to prevent him from entering an olive field with cattle. She sustained bruises and injuries in the face and the back.
On Tuesday morning, 3 May 2005, IOF ordered residents of pastoral areas to the east of Tammoun village, southeast of Jenin, to vacate tin-made homes and animal farms in order for them to be demolished. At approximately 12:00, they demolished these homes and animal farms.
Also on Tuesday, a number of Israeli settlers from `Ramat Yishai` settlement post in Tal Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron attacked Mohammed Hamed Abu `Eisha`s house. They threw stones and empty bottles at the house. As a result, Tayseer Abu `Eisha, 42, sustained bruises in the hand.
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