Settlers attack Palestinian children in East Jerusalem 25Apr11 April 26, 2011

IMEMC -  25 April 2011

Palestinian sources reported Monday morning that a group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers attacked, on Sunday evening, a group of Palestinian children in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestine News and Info Agency, WAFA, reported that the settlers attacked the Palestinian children with batons and used pepper spray against them, especially by spraying them in their eyes and on their faces.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that approximately 50 – 70 extremist settlers entered a Muslim graveyard in Sheikh Jarrah to pray on a grave said to be for a Jewish figure, and held prayers at the grave site.

Later on, the settlers hurled stones at local Palestinian homes, and attacked three children with pepper spray wounding one.

The issue led to clashes between local residents and the settlers.

The Israeli Police arrived at the scene to “protect” the settlers instead of detaining them, or at least removing them from the area.

On Sunday, an armed settler opened fire in the streets of Wadi Al Joz neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing panic among the residents.

Director of the Al Maqdese Social and Development Center, Mo’taz Al-Za’atra, stated that the settler “was acting hysterically”, and issue that forced the residents to remain in their homes.

Al-Za’atra warned that extremist armed settler groups are escalating their attacks against the indigenous Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and against their property and holy sites.

The Palestine News and Info Agency, WAFA, reported that the settlers attacked the Palestinian children with batons and used pepper spray against them, especially by spraying them in their eyes and on their faces.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that approximately 50 – 70 extremist settlers entered a Muslim graveyard in Sheikh Jarrah to pray on a grave said to be for a Jewish figure, and held prayers at the grave site.

Later on, the settlers hurled stones at local Palestinian homes, and attacked three children with pepper spray wounding one.

The issue led to clashes between local residents and the settlers.

The Israeli Police arrived at the scene to “protect” the settlers instead of detaining them, or at least removing them from the area.

On Sunday, an armed settler opened fire in the streets of Wadi Al Joz neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing panic among the residents.

Director of the Al Maqdese Social and Development Center, Mo’taz Al-Za’atra, stated that the settler “was acting hysterically”, and issue that forced the residents to remain in their homes.

Al-Za’atra warned that extremist armed settler groups are escalating their attacks against the indigenous Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and against their property and holy sites.


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