Another Palestinian Shot by Israeli Settlers

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports:

An Israeli settler shot and wounded a Palestinian man on Saturday in a clash that began when a group of settlers set fire to fields belonging to a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, officials said.

This comes exactly a week after another Palestinian was shot by settlers as Israeli soldiers stood by without intervening.

All reports must be considered tentative at this point, but according to the Israeli website 972, the beginnings of the incident can be seen in the video below: A fire begins to burn amid a Palestinian olive grove shortly before what seems to be a group of Israeli settlers leaves the scene. (Note the figures who become visible at the 25-second mark, and the fire that begins in their vicinity shortly thereafter.)



It was apparently later that Palestinians arrived at the scene. Whether they pursued the settlers or were merely trying to put out the fire is unclear, but in any event at some point there were gunshots. At the beginning of the following video, gunshots can be heard, though no shooter or victim is visible.



The next video is reportedly of the victim being evacuated. Note the cries of "Allahu Akbar". More than four decades of occupation have turned what was originally a national and ethnic conflict into, more and more, a religious one, providing fertile ground for religious extremists. The most radical elements in Hamas have no greater strategic asset than the Israeli settlers.



A more thorough account can be found at 972.

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