April 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At 8.30am this morning around fifty settlers, some masked and armed with
guns, descended from Yitzhar settlement onto the Palestinian village of
Assira Al Qibliya. International observers from the UK and Ireland witnessed
the settlers threw rocks at homes and people on the outskirts of the village
injuring one local, who is being treated in hospital.
Within thirty minutes an army jeep carrying Israeli soldiers arrived. They
stood in front of the settlers on the hillside approximately one hundred
metres from the Palestinian homes yet did nothing to prevent their attacks.
The soldiers could be seen firing guns into the air and directly towards the
Palestinians who had come out of their homes to witness and document this
attack on their village.
During the attack four settlers broke away from the main group and made
their way to a Palestinian quarry. Two armed with machine guns stood on a
ledge while two descended onto the side of the road and set fire to a car
used by the Palestinian workers.
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Notes for journalists
The settlement of Yitzhar was originally established as a military outpost
in 1983 but demilitarised and turned over to residential purposes a year
later*. Yitzhar is home to a Jewish orthodox community of over 100 who have
in the past decade attacked the residents and properties of Assira Al
Qibliya and neighbouring villages on numerous occasions using rocks, knives,
guns and arson**. These attacks often happen on Saturdays, the religious
holiday of Shabbat.
Yitzhar is home to Rabbi Elitzur who published a book last November entitled
“The Handbook for the Killing of Gentiles”, condoning the murder of
non-Jewish babies, lest they grow to “be dangerous like their parents”***.
Rabbi Elitzur is vocal in his encouragement of “operations of reciprocal
responsibility” such as the arson attack made on Yasuf mosque in December
Despite West Banks settlements’ status as illegal under international law,
Yitzhar was included in the Israeli governments’ 2009 “national priority
map” as one of the settlements earmarked for financial support. Yitzhar also
receives significant funding from American donations, tax-deductible under
U.S. government tax breaks for ‘charitable’ institutions.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement committed to ending Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. We call for full compliance with all relevant UN resolutions and international law.