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Clashes erupt in Silwan after Israeli settler attacks 8-year-old boy

Ma’an – September 12, 2015

JERUSALEM – An Israeli settler attacked an 8-year-old Palestinian boy late on Friday in the Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan — a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem — leading to clashes in the area, a local monitoring group told Ma’an.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, located in Silwan, said 8-year-old Zaid Abu Qweidir was attacked by a group of Israeli settlers in the neighborhood.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

According to the center, a young Palestinian man witnessed the attack and moved to intervene, which quickly escalated into clashes between the two sides.

More than 20 Israeli settlers arrived on the scene, many of whom used pepper spray against Palestinians as young as five-years-old, the information center reported.

Witnesses said the Israeli attackers came out from a building which settlers had recently occupied.

After the attack, security guards of the settlement outpost, as well as Israeli forces, arrived to protect the settlers, witnesses said.

The forces fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at Palestinians in the area.

The Wadi Hilweh center said at least 15 Palestinians were moderately to severely injured by pepper spray, including 60-year-old Abdullah Abu Nab and 14-year-old Mahdi al-Rajabi. Both were taken to al-Maqasid hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment.

Zaid Abu Qweidir, 8, Adam al-Rajabi, 9, Rahaf Abu Qweidir, 5, Udayy al-Rajabi, 12, Hamza al-Rajabi, 12, Yazan al-Rajabi, 14, Walid al-Shaer, 16, were lightly injured and received treatment at the scene. A pregnant woman, Asmaa al-Rajabi, 29, and 75-year-old Abu Adnan Gheith were also lightly injured.

Furthermore, a tear gas canister was shot into a home housing five children aged 7-months to 13-years-old, the information center said.

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem that is seeing an influx of Israeli settlers.

According to a statement released by the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department in August, illegal Israeli settlers have taken over 39 homes in Silwan, creating settlement enclaves in which approximately 400 Israeli settlers live.

September 12, 2015 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,


  1. The Zionists who invaded from Europe and ethnically cleansed their way into a “state” in the “holy” land never relent, and their enabling by the U.S. makes the criminality work. Push, kick, shove, torment, starve, steal, humiliate, occupy, oppress, injure, kill…all in the interest of genocide of the native Palestinian people.

    Palestine Is Still The Issue!


    Comment by roberthstiver | September 12, 2015 | Reply

  2. Israel has should not exist. That is the answer to an old and now unheard rhetorical question. “Are you saying Israel has no right to exist”?

    Does imperialism, racism, genocide, and ethnic-cleaning; have a “right” to exist? Or, are they proscribed by International Law, as Crimes Against Humanity, prohibited by the Nuremberg Principles to name but one???

    UN forces should be sent to Palestine, and insure that the Six-Day War of 1967 boundaries are reinstated. The Zionist are illegally occupying land they have no legitimate right to. And they must be disarmed of weapons of mass-destruction, made at Dimona and stolen from US military bases.

    FLASH — The role played by Richard Kerry, (the father of current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry) and the story behind the birth of the tale that the Dimona reactor was ‘only’ a textile factory
    read more:

    Got a party to go to,,,, Billo


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | September 13, 2015 | Reply

  3. …the 1967 boundaries… the Zionists are illegally occupying land they have no legitimate right to

    Make that the pre-1948 boundaries.


    Comment by traducteur | September 13, 2015 | Reply

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