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Farmer: Settlers burned my sheep alive
Published Saturday 18/12/2010 (updated) 19/12/2010 18:43
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NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A farmer said he watched a group of settlers in the northern West Bank gather his sheep and set them on fire Saturday afternoon.

When he returned to the area, he told officials, he found 12 sheep burned alive, five with severe burns and two others that were only lightly burned. "I've lost at least $12,000," he said, calling the act abominable.

Mayor of Aqraba, the village near where the attack took place, Jawdat Bani Jabir, identified the farmer as 40-year-old Samir Muhammad Bani Fadl.

Fadil said he was out pasturing his sheep in the eastern part of the village when a group of armed settlers approached him in a white car and asked him to come and speak with them. Feeling threatened, in an area where rights organizations recorded a ballooning number of settler attacks and vandalism during the month of October, Fadil fled and watched the group from an adjacent hill.

According to the farmer's testimony, the settlers gathered all the sheep into an area thick with brush, and set fire to the bushes.

Mayor Jabir called the attack vicious, and blamed the residents of the settlements encircling the area: Maale Efraym, Itamar, and Hetzit.

"Fadil has nine daughters who depend on him and he has sustained a deep loss today," the mayor said, calling for an inquiry into the incident.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of following up with settlement activities in the northern West Bank, condemned the attack demanding pressure on Israel by the international community to quell settler violence.
1 ) ronen / israel
18/12/2010 17:09
this act as told is outrageous
but im not convinced that it happened
arabs have blamed us for too many invented crimes

2 ) Joe Fattal / USA
18/12/2010 17:23
Send the settlers a cook pig and tell them that's sheep.

3 ) betz55 / USA
18/12/2010 17:54
The settlers are de facto terrorists. The Palestinians should be armes with movie cameras and record every act of terrorism and then put it on youtube. Zoom into the terrorist faces - record every despicable act of terrorism and broadcast it to the world.

There should be a line of bulldozers starting in the east and side by side travel to the 1967 lines bulldozing everyone of those pathetic illegal settler squats home. The settlers are a virus that must be eradicated.

4 ) Gary Hess / Israel
18/12/2010 18:38
Yeah, a group of religious settlers drove on the Shabbat and set fire to his sheep on Shabbat. I'd say this in #1 arab lie of the day!

5 ) ronen / israel
18/12/2010 19:47
so in ynet it says that a 46 yo american woman tourist was handcuff and edstabbed by two arabs near jerusalem. which adds to the stabbing of another woman on 13 december and to all other stabbings of israeli women in and around arab communities which happen once in every several weeks.
have you ever even once published that? around the world you and your ignorant brethren call us child and woman killers while in reality you are the lowest being on earth. may god bring justice to the world soon

6 ) Joe Hill / Belgium
18/12/2010 23:53
This is what they say. What are they going to do? As usual?

7 ) Niva dos Santos / Brazil
19/12/2010 05:14
Nazi zion desrespect for any kind of life is huge! They sent God to Death, remember? But, no evil last forever and they will be destroyed by themselves hate!

8 ) mary / Ireland
19/12/2010 08:12
You know what they say, anyone who is cruel to animals will be just as cruel to humans. Enough said.

9 ) Dwikat / Palestine
19/12/2010 11:27
If we use camera to record what these terrorist are doing we will shot in cold blood these settlers are the new nazi the world should stoop them or !!!

10 ) davor / Croatia
19/12/2010 16:57
U. S. politicians are traitors to their country and people and continue to put the interests of the rogue state of Israel before that of their own people.The Zionist supremacists and their lackeys in the government and media have brought the U. S. to the brink of ruin.The Palestinian people and their leadership surely by now must realize that they cannot expect anything positive from the Zionist colony,America.

11 ) handala / usa
19/12/2010 23:34
Attacking farmers,killing sheep and torching trees is common in the occupied territories. Get out of the occupied territories and build in the empty rolling hills between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem instead of stealing and terrorizing people who are not immigrants, who have been here for millinium, not 'newbies' with10 years and demand that is all theirs for the stealing with the help of the israeli fores,courts,laws,and the complicity of the israeli people.

12 ) ann freed / us
19/12/2010 23:40
they will rott in their own excrement and God will strike down their herds and their children and their wives. See the Book of Jobe.

13 ) Bruce / Hong Kong
20/12/2010 02:46
America & Israel = that's the Axis of Evil!

14 ) Andrew / USA
20/12/2010 14:18
Most of you who post here have obviously never spent time in the West Bank with Palestinians. All it takes is 3 days in any Palestinian village nearby a settlement to find out how "fake" these attacks are. Once you have settlers firing live ammunition at you while you try to farm or when you have them walk past you with a semi-automatic on their arm, then we'll see how much you have to say in response to these articles.

15 ) George / USA
20/12/2010 18:06
I lived in Palestine for 6 months and know from experience that the settlers can be evil and act as if they are entitled to do whatever they want because they are backed by the government of Israel. So lets BOYCOTT Israeli products and send a message that will hurt them economically where it will hurt all the people of Israel who are in denial of what the settlers are doing.

16 ) Malach HaMavet / Gehenem
20/12/2010 22:31
Twelve sheep with a value of $12,000, what were they made of, CAVIAR ?

The shepherd must have fallen asleep while smoking, setting the blaze himself

17 ) Petunia / USA
20/12/2010 23:04
Dwaikat says if we use cameras we'll be shot. But he went back after the settlers left, so he says. Nobody shot him then. Where are the pictures of the dead, roasted sheep? This is a claim only. No proof.

18 ) ss / usa
21/12/2010 05:36
isreal has become a nation filled with hatred.
stop voting for politicians who support sending our US tax dollars to isrealhell.
while our programs and benefits are being cut here.

wake up america!

19 ) John / USA
22/12/2010 18:28
I think you have to have your head in the sand to think that the settlers are great people filled with love for their fellow human beings. The Israeli government is complicit in the crimes of the settlers. The actions of the settlers delegitimizes the state of Israel. There is no justice there. It is not a democracy. When the USA pulls the plug on support for Israhell, then maybe they will have to wake up and not be such awful neighbors in the region.

20 ) Rose / Israel
26/12/2010 12:38
It was a lie. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/141338

The guy burned his own sheep by accident and decided to try and make a buck - both by suing the government and blaming the Jews.

21 ) Pat McCotter / US
26/12/2010 14:19
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/141338 Leftists Caught Red-Handed: ‘Burning Sheep’ Libel Was Faked Will Ma'an News post an article about this?

22 ) Lev / Israel
26/12/2010 22:54
Samir Bani Fadel, the farmer in this story, has admitted to police that he made up the entire story. It was a complete lie - except for the part about the fire. Apparently, he himself had started the fire to burn thorns on his field. The fire spread out of control, and burned his own sheep.

23 ) Sol / UK
27/12/2010 16:38
Fadel finally admitted to police the whole story was a lie and that he was responsible for the fire, which he set to burn thorns before it spread beyond control. Blaming Jews not only would have saved him from the embarrassment of having burned his own sheep, it also would allow him to claim damages from the government while being hailed as a hero among Palestinian Authority Arabs and left-wing anti-Zionists.

24 ) Anders / Sweden
28/12/2010 11:05
True or a lie? Best way to avoid such accusations is that the illegal settlers return to their own countries, USA or Israel or where they come from.

25 ) SSohara / USA
22/05/2011 07:14
I don't know if story is true BUT - it is wrong for Palestinians to use suicide bombers AND for Israelis to persecute Palestinians, build settlements in Gaza, etc. They should build a wall and everything on one side is Palestine, everything on the other Israel - and just leave each other alone. Of course it's not fair, but life isn't fair. Get over it. Both Israeli AND Palestinian children deserve to live in peace.
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