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Clashes erupt in Silwan after Israeli settler attacks 8-year-old boy

Sept. 12, 2015 1:14 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2015 10:55 A.M.)
A general view of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (L) and the East Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood, a densely populated Palestinian area on a steep hillside flanking the southern walls of Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli settler attacked an 8-year-old Palestinian boy late on Friday in the Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan -- a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem -- leading to clashes in the area, a local monitoring group told Ma'an.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, located in Silwan, said 8-year-old Zaid Abu Qweidir was attacked by a group of Israeli settlers in the neighborhood.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

According to the center, a young Palestinian man witnessed the attack and moved to intervene, which quickly escalated into clashes between the two sides.

More than 20 Israeli settlers arrived on the scene, many of whom used pepper spray against Palestinians as young as five-years-old, the information center reported.

Witnesses said the Israeli attackers came out from a building which settlers had recently occupied.

After the attack, security guards of the settlement outpost, as well as Israeli forces, arrived to protect the settlers, witnesses said.

The forces fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at Palestinians in the area.

The Wadi Hilweh center said at least 15 Palestinians were moderately to severely injured by pepper spray, including 60-year-old Abdullah Abu Nab and 14-year-old Mahdi al-Rajabi. Both were taken to al-Maqasid hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment.

Zaid Abu Qweidir, 8, Adam al-Rajabi, 9, Rahaf Abu Qweidir, 5, Udayy al-Rajabi, 12, Hamza al-Rajabi, 12, Yazan al-Rajabi, 14, Walid al-Shaer, 16, were lightly injured and received treatment at the scene. A pregnant woman, Asmaa al-Rajabi, 29, and 75-year-old Abu Adnan Gheith were also lightly injured.

Furthermore, a tear gas canister was shot into a home housing five children aged 7-months to 13-years-old, the information center said.

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem that is seeing an influx of Israeli settlers.

According to a statement released by the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department in August, illegal Israeli settlers have taken over 39 homes in Silwan, creating settlement enclaves in which approximately 400 Israeli settlers live.
Comments
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Not that it would stop the attacks, but a few hundred motion activated security cameras would create and provide evidence that could be posted to sway public opinion in places like the US and Europe. Israeli politicians get really uncomfortable when Israeli violence video makes it to the Web.
12/09/2015 13:40
@ Mark / USA
The Cameras would probably show Palestinian incitement, and also that
Palestinians Always Start The Violence (and call it "resistance"), By
-1- Throwing Stones, Crashing Cars, Or Launching Rockets, And
-2- Then try "to sway public opinion" with Israel's response to their attack.
12/09/2015 14:31
Charlie Andreasson / Sweden
And the Israeli heroes won another victory over Palestinian children and elderly. With the support of their military of course. Brave they are.
12/09/2015 15:37
Mel / UK
Way to go Israel! Another fascist feather in the Zionist colonial cap. Great PR for Israeli Jews-state-sponsored racist hatred-AGAIN!
12/09/2015 16:38
John / UK
Mark, poor Israel.....if only they had the means to defend themselves against glorified fireworks and kids throwing stones. Molotov cocktails are harmless too, eh?
12/09/2015 22:00
Nizar / USA
Ya Mark, Those Palestinians won't step aside and let the Israeli Settlers come over and take away their lands and their homes quietly. They throw stones at the settlers. The Gaul!
12/09/2015 22:41
Phil / USA
How did all these Palestinian children get hurt? The article above lists quite a few, all 16 and under, who were "lightly injured." Were their houses stormed by the settlers, or how in the world did they all end up in this brawl?
13/09/2015 00:04
@ Phil / Parental Responsibility
THE RESPONSIBILTY LIES WITH THE PARENTS, since
-1- Their Parents taught them that "resistance" is an obligation, meaning they must provoke violence, attack soldiers, etc., and then
-2- Their Parents blame Jews for responding, to what Palestinian parents themselves actually caused.
13/09/2015 02:17
izzy / usa
this person had a sign on him that said settler? saying every jew is a settler is like calling every Muslim a terrorist
13/09/2015 05:49
Brian Cohen / Israel
What suckers you are for one-sided reporting. What comments would you have if Maan also reported on all the unprovoked attacks by Palestinians against Israeli children. What do you call the Fogel murders Charlie and Mel? Would help push the knife into an Israeli baby?
13/09/2015 09:48
Sam Stone / CANADA
Stop making up lies no Palestinians dream of getting close to Zionist Israelis as they don't want to be murdered , raped, murdered and beaten. What I don't understand is how these Israelis are not thanking Palestinians for allowing Israelis to come to Palestine to escape the Holocaust?
17/09/2015 03:02
ian / australia
To izzy. "this person had a sign on him that said settler? saying every jew is a settler is like calling every Muslim a terrorist" Do you really not get this? Silwan is not Israel. It's occupied Palestine. The people who have just moved in are civilians of the occupying power transferred illegally to occupied territory. If he lives in Silwan, he's a settler.
19/09/2015 00:40
ian / australia
(contd.) their children and not let them rampage around the streets provoking soldiers, maybe the "tear gas canister...shot into a home housing five children..." had something to do with it.
19/09/2015 00:42
ian / australia (1)
To Brian. "What comments would you have if Maan also reported on all the unprovoked attacks by Palestinians against Israeli children." But Brian, there ARE no unprovoked Palestinian attacks. How can there be in the context of a brutal occupation with armed invaders like Udi Fogel attempting to steal
19/09/2015 00:43
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) Palestinian land and putting himself (and the fam) in harm's way by settling in a war zone? I mean, what WAS he thinking?
19/09/2015 14:59
ian / australia
To Brian. "What do you call the Fogel murders Charlie and Mel? Would help push the knife into an Israeli baby?" If we're speculating about motives for violence, Brian, for Palestinians, it's anger, frustration and revenge. For settlers, there's no rage, no particular frustration and nothing much to avenge. It's just racism, sadism and greed.
19/09/2015 15:01
ian / australia (1)
To Phil. "How did all these Palestinian children get hurt?...how in the world did they all end up in this brawl?" Four children in the list have the surname al-Rajabi, Phil. Also, presumably their 29-year-old (pregnant) mother. So before you start tut-tutting about how Palestinians should
19/09/2015 23:58
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) look after their children and not let them rampage around the streets provoking soldiers, maybe the "tear gas canister...shot into a home housing five children..." had something to do with it.
19/09/2015 23:59
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