Yitzhar a focal point of tension
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Video: Settlers, Arabs in war of stones

Palestinians document masked settlers hurling stones during West Bank clash Sunday involving dozens of Jewish, Arab participants; however, settlers claim Arabs were 'filming with one hand while stoning us with the other hand'

Dozens of Palestinians and settlers took part Sunday in a clash near the Samaria community of Yitzhar, with both sides hurling stones at each other.


Nobody was hurt in the incident and IDF forces called to the scene broke up the brawl.


The clash was document by a Palestinian woman, as can be seen in the video below:

West Bank clash (Video: B'Tselem)


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The clash started around 4 pm Sunday when cattle belonging to the Sufan family from the Palestinian village of Burin approached settler homes. A group of 8-10 settlers started to hurl stones at the shepherds in order to keep them away, but the Palestinians responded with their own stones, prompting the settlers to withdraw.


The settlers returned several minutes later with a reinforcement of some 25 people, prompting the Palestinians to bring in their own reinforcements. Within a few minutes the hilly site turned into a battlefield, with both sides hurling stones at each other.


The Sufan family says windows at its home were damaged during the clash. Some of the altercation was documented by a female family member through her window. The video shows settlers, some of them masked, hurling stones at the house, with the Palestinians responding in kind.


Palestinian publicity stunt?  

Settlers from Yitzhar told Ynet they sought to push back the Palestinians because of previous attacks.


"Two months ago these same people assaulted two teens who live in the community, and we witnessed other attacks in the past," one source said. "We therefore don't allow them to approach our homes." "Yesterday, the shepherds get dangerously close to us and some youngsters attempted to push them back. A two-sided stoning battle ensued, with some of the attackers filming with one hand and hurling stones with the other hand."


Yitzhar spokesman Avraham Binyamin said that the Palestinians hurled stones at the settlers and later pulled out cameras in order to "present a one-sided, false display."


Meanwhile, Aiman Atallah Sufan told Ynet that more than 30 settlers hurled stones at his home, where his two children, wife and mother were staying at the time. Sufan says he doesn't know what prompted the settlers to attack his home. "I'm very concerned for my family, which was shocked while the settlers stoned the house. We ask for an urgent solution before this matter turns into disaster."


However, the family refused to file a police complaint, claiming that it lost faith in Israel's authorities.



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