Palestinians in the Al-Harika neighborhood of Hebron (Al-Khalil) are being subjected to repeated attacks by Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers, reported human rights NGO B’Tselem, as the organization published details of five such documented attacks that took place from July to November.
Al-Harika lies in the southern part of Hebron’s city center and is home to 3,000 Palestinians. Since 1972, Kiryat Arba settlement � population now 7,000 � has been located next to the neighborhood.
According to B’Tselem, the proximity of the settlement means that al-Harika residents suffer constant harassment by settlers, who are protected by the military.
The attacks include verbal abuse, stone-throwing and other forms of physical assault, and intensify on weekends and Jewish holidays.
In addition to routine stone-throwing by settlers, Al-Harika’s residents suffer military raids on the neighborhood almost every day, with soldiers using stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
In one incident on November 4, documented by B’Tselem, soldiers entered a Palestinian family compound on 4 November, ostensibly looking for stone-throwers.
After arguing with a resident, soldiers threw a stun grenade, then departed from the compound, throwing another stun grenade and a tear gas canister.
On November 3, soldiers were captured on video leading a 13-year-old Palestinian child around the neighborhood while blindfolded. As they did so, the soldiers threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters at neighborhood homes.
One officer is shown waving a tear gas canister and saying to one of the residents: This is going to be inside your house in a few minutes, okay. One minute and I’m there. Five minutes and it’s at your place. Get the kids inside, it’d be a shame
According to B’Tselem, such cases � and many others � illustrate how fragile, exposed and unpredictable life has become for Palestinians living in al-Harika.
Source: Palestine Chronicle