Tuesday, July 08, 2008

B'Tselem Helps Palestinian Civilians Document Israeli Settler Violence

Violence by Israeli settlers toward Palestinians is now being documented on film by handheld camcorders provided by B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, the premier Israeli human rights organization which documents abuses by the Israeli government, military, and illegal settlers in the Palestinian West Bank.


Arrests follow 'settler beating'

BBC News (July 7, 2008)

Israeli police have arrested two Jewish settlers suspected of involvement in the beating of a Palestinian man. In the incident, which was filmed by Israeli human rights activists and posted on the internet, a Palestinian was tied to a post. The settlers had accused the Palestinian of burning fields.

Last month, two settlers were arrested after Palestinians filmed masked men beating a Palestinian shepherd and his wife. They were later released. Israeli human rights workers have been handing out video cameras to Palestinians so that they can capture any alleged abuses on tape.

The alleged assault happened in fields near the Palestinian village of al-Samoa. The film appears to show a settler, wearing a white shirt, kicking a man bound to a post. An Israeli soldier then restrains the settler. Midhat Abu Karsh, a 30-year-old Palestinian teacher who lives near the West Bank city of Hebron, said he was attacked by settlers who accused him of setting fire to fields near the settlement of Eshael. Settler leaders have criticised the beating. Video of the incident has appeared on the video sharing site YouTube.

All settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law - though Israel disputes this.

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