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Palestinian: Settlers tied my son to ATV, dragged him through olive grove

Ras KarKar resident claims Jewish settlers from nearby illegal outpost assaulted him and his son while they were working in their fields, says one of them yelled 'God gave us this land and no Arab dog will set foot on it'

A Palestinian resident of Ras KarKar, a West Bank village located near Modiin, claimed Wednesday that a Jewish settler tied his 17-year-old son to an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and dragged him through an olive grove.


According to Hafez Nupal, on Monday at around 6 pm he and his son were working in their fields when two settlers riding an ATV approached. "One of them yelled 'what are you doing on this land? God gave us this land and no Arab dog will set foot on it'," he recounted.


"When the argument began to heat up, one of the settlers pulled out a gun and the other beat me up. I was able to fight back a little, but then the other settler began to beat me up as well."


Nupal said the settlers, residents of the illegal outpost of Zait Raanan, proceeded to throw him to the ground, tie his hands and legs together and then tie his son to the ATV, adding that another Palestinian fled the scene and informed the Ras Karkar council, which reported the incident to the IDF's Coordination and Liaison Office in Beit-El.


Nupal said that at this point another settler arrived and led him, his son and another 10-year-old Palestinian at gunpoint to the illegal outpost. There, according to Nupal, the settlers physically assaulted the boy and his teenage son, who was evacuated to a Ramallah hospital for treatment.


Ras-Karkar council member Ayad Masloum told Ynet that the army informed him that the three settlers had been detained after approaching an IDF firing range, but were released later that evening.

Sources in the defense establishment said they were unfamiliar with the incident.


Efrat Weiss contributed to the report  


פרסום ראשון: 08.13.08, 08:36
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