A RAMADAN HORROR STORY DIRECT FROM THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

The settler and the shepherd: an unfair tale

This Saturday, Yahya Atta Riahin, an 18 year-old shepherd from the town of Aqraba, in the Northern district of Nablus, was executed by Israeli settlers while grazing his sheep in the fields surrounding his village.

That night, Yahya was suppose to get back from the fields, like any other Palestinian teenager during Ramadan, to share Iftar -the fast-breaking meal- with his family. As they didn’t see the boy coming back and started being anxious, knowing the risk of an – unfortunately common- settler attack in the Region, they alerted the neighbours and the entire village organised a search to find the missing boy.

The body of the young shepherd was found with gunshot wounds late Saturday night, in the fields between the neighbouring settlement of Itamar and the villages of Aqraba and Awarta.

According to eyewitnesses, the teenager has been attacked by a group of settlers from Itamar and Jettit, the illegal Israeli settlements that surround Al Aqbraba village. To the witnesses, the boy was pursued by a settler’s car before they heard gunshots but did not see him being shot. From a first forensic report, the settlers shot at him at least 20 times, from close range.

“We are examining the bullets and type of gun, trying to find out who was behind (the shooting). Everything is open at the moment,” said Micky Rosenfeld, Israeli police spokesman.

Recent months have seen a spike in violence by West Bank settlers against Palestinians, and in some cases against Israeli security forces. The settlers from Yitzhar and Itamar settlements, built on southern Nablus lands, have routinely attacked the neighbouring Palestinian villages.

But since the beginning of September and the holy month of Ramadan, attack as such as the burnings of fields and beatings of residents villages are have been increasing. Earlier this months, settlers from the same area stabbed to death a 9 years-old Palestinian kid, burned olive trees and crops, and destroyed a water well.

According to Haaretz, in the first half of 2008, particularly in the Nablus and Hebron governorates, there has been an increase in “disturbances of the peace” – the minimalist term used for harm caused by Israeli citizens to Palestinians and their property- as well as harm to Israeli security forces. Data presented by the newspaper indicated that there were 429 such incidents in the first half of this year, compared with 587 incidents in all of 2006 and 551 in 2007.

The settlers’ violence has always been a disaster for the living conditions of the Palestinians surrounded by illegal constructions and outposts that already have taken heir land away. But now, regarding the amazing increase of violent attacks, it has become a real core issue for the Israeli society in itself as the Israeli government has few control on the settler’s behaviour as settlers defend the violence as a tactic meant to deter Israeli authorities from evacuating settlements.

For more information on that issue, please read “Settler Violence Out of Control”

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8 Comments

  1. September 29, 2008 at 20:26

    I say, an Eye for an Eye. It’s time Palestinians arm themselves with the same guns these thugs (occupiers, settlers, Nazis, whatever you want to call them) use and fire back!

    This is Self Defense and Palestinians have every right to defend themselves!

    ATW

  2. Bertiz Benhamid said,

    September 29, 2008 at 23:49

    The settlers had hoped that the palestinian people would pack up and flee to neighboring Arab States when they are being harassed long enough to make way for new settlements on Palestinian Arab land.. But Palestinians are no cowards which makes the occupiers angry and attack and kill men woman and children as revenge.
    But as long as Abbas an US/Israeli puppet is in charge no progress will ever be achieved and this sort of crime against the indigenous will continue.

  3. S said,

    September 30, 2008 at 00:24

    ATW, I agree! Those thugs are ruthless, evil and should be abolished. There will be a day when the city of Sodom and Gommora (Isreal) will abolish. They will be ashamed to say the are Jews…darn ashamed. That day will come – so HELP us all!

  4. profnasty said,

    September 30, 2008 at 01:42

    Mickey Rosenfeld. That’s prescious.

  5. Bronwin Peel said,

    September 30, 2008 at 02:03

    At least the Settlers did not first cut out his eyes as they did to a distant cousin of my late husband nine years ago. The settlers then killed the defenseless man and threw his body under his front porch where his twelve year old daughter found it the next morning. The settlement is built on land stolen from my husband’s father, a Palestinian.

  6. September 30, 2008 at 06:18

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  7. September 30, 2008 at 11:20

    […] According to eyewitnesses, the teenager has been attacked by a group of settlers from Itamar and Jettit, the illegal Israeli settlements that surround Al Aqbraba village. To the witnesses, the boy was pursued by a settler’s car before they heard gunshots but did not see him being shot. From a first forensic report, the settlers shot at him at least 20 times, from close range. >>>>> […]

  8. noname said,

    September 30, 2008 at 14:52

    A small protest. No more PC “Happy Holidays” I am not actually taking a holiday. Merry Christmas as a meager protest. I have been bullied by the PC cops for too long.


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