Who attacked who?
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Photo: Uriel Herschko
Itamar Ben-Gvir
Photo: Uriel Herschko

Leftist suspected of assaulting rightist's wife

Extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir claims left-wing activist shoved his wife, baby to ground during clash in Hebron. Leftists: They beat us

Violent clash in Hebron: Police on Friday detained for questioning a left-wing activist suspected of assaulting the wife of extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir.


At around 11 am, dozens of left-wing activists and Palestinians arrived at an olive grove in the West Bank city of Hebron and clashed with settlers. Police forces were present at the area.


Shortly afterwards, one of the leftists reportedly approached Ayala Ben Gvir, grabbed her hand and shoved her to the ground while she was holding her baby girl. The two were not hurt.


A violent confrontation erupted, with members of the Jewish settlement beating the left-wing activists. Palestinians smuggled the suspect into one of the houses, prompting the settlers to encircle the house and announce they would not be leaving the area until the man is arrested.


The police eventually decided to detain the leftist for questioning, and the settlers left the area.

Photo from incident taken by leftists (Photo: Activestills)


Itamar Ben-Gvir said following the incident, "The assault of my wife Ayala is a new level of provocation by the leftists, who are treated with mercy by the police.


"I find it hard to describe what would have happened if my baby and wife had been hurt. If the police fail to deal with them, we will be forced to handle the rioters as we did today," he warned.


The Palestinians and left-wing activists presented a different version, saying they were attacked by a group of settlers, headed by the Ben-Gvir couple, upon arriving at the olive grove which is located on Palestinian land.


"They beat us. Ben-Gvir hit Abdel Karim Jabari in the hand, as did his wife," 28-year-old Hebron resident Issa Amer told Ynet.


Roee Nahmias contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 10.03.08, 14:17
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