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Settlers desecrate Muslim graveyard in Hebron after Israeli forces evacuate outpost

Oct. 26, 2008 11:50 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 26, 2008 11:50 A.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Right wing Jewish settlers smashed several head-stones and splashed paint over several others in the Ar-Ras Muslim graveyard in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday morning.

The settlers were from the illegal Israeli settlement Kiryat Arba, which is close to the graveyard. Several other Palestinian properties in the neighborhood were also vandalized, and more than 25 car tires were punctured.

According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, the attacks came as retaliation for the evacuation of a settlement outpost established by Noam Federman, close to Kiryat Arba. The settlement, reported to have been a farm of sorts, was evacuated several teams of Israeli forces including military, police and border guards early on Sunday.

Angry settlers had thrown stones and assaulted Israeli officers and called for a counter attack. Three were arrested during the incident.

Hebron resident Bassam Al-Ja'bari explained that he, his family and neighbors are "assaulted by settlers almost every day, especially those settlers who occupy Ar-Rajabi building in our neighborhood."

Al-Ja'bari also noted that Israeli soldiers do not protect Palestinians from the aggressive setters, but rather "partake in their assaults on Palestinian citizens and their properties."
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