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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian in Hebron's Old City as Israeli forces watch

July 5, 2017 9:42 A.M. (Updated: July 5, 2017 7:54 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A group of Israeli settlers "violently beat" a Palestinian on al-Shuhada street in the Old City of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank Tuesday night, according to a local activist.

Palestinian activist Badi Dweik, a member of Human Rights Defenders, said that a group of Israeli settlers violently attacked and beat 22-year-old Hisham Raghib Abu Isha on al-Shuhada street, while Israeli forces stood by watching.

Dweik added that after awhile of watching the assault take place, Israeli forces tied Abu Isha up, placed him a military jeep, and transferred him to an unknown location.

A spokesperson for the Israeli border police was not immediately available for comment.

Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.
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