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'3 settlers assault Palestinian woman in Jerusalem'

June 17, 2013 9:38 A.M. (Updated: June 18, 2013 7:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A 75-year-old Palestinian woman has filed a complaint with Israeli police after being assaulted by three Israelis as she waited for a bus in West Jerusalem on Sunday, her son told Ma'an.

Fathiyeh Ajaj was waiting for a bus in Deir Yassin, now known as Givat Shaul, after a hospital appointment when she was pushed to the floor by three Israelis, who the son described as settlers.

They tried to remove her hijab -- the Muslim headscarf-- and tore her clothes, the son said.

"My mother fainted and the bus driver saw her, rushing to rescue her," he told Ma'an.

Ajaj filed the complaint at the Jabal Mukabir police station, he added.

The report follows the filing of two separate assault charges against an Israeli man after he attacked two Palestinian women as they tried to buy a ticket for the Jerusalem Light Rail.

The UN has criticized Israel for a lack of adequate law enforcement against Israeli settler violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which is on the rise.

In 2012, one Palestinian was killed and approximately 1,300 injured by Israeli settlers or security forces in incidents directly or indirectly related to settlements, including demonstrations, the UN says.

According to Israeli rights group Yesh Din, only ten percent of 781 investigations conducted by Israeli police into incidents of settler violence between 2005 and 2011 resulted in indictments.
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