Settlers Arrested After Home Invasion in Sheikh Jarrah

27 December 2009

From Maan News

Video from Yisrael Putermam

Friday, December 25–Members of the As-Sabbagh family were attacked in their home by four Israeli settlers who broke into the building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Saturday morning, witnesses said.

The settlers were attempting to take over the home and settle in it, onlookers alleged.

The act prompted clashes, injuring Tamer, Dalal, Um Mohammad, and Abed Al-Sabbagh and his pregnant wife before Israeli forces arrived and detained the settlers.

Residents of the neighborhood ran to help the family when they heard the noise of the initial break-in. Following the detention of the four settlers, several others came to the scene, later assaulting members of the Al-Ghawi family, injuring three.

A total of ten Palestinians were injured in the clashes, and an additional two setters were detained by Israeli forces.

The attack came less than 12 hours after international peace activists rallied in the neighborhood, in solidarity with the Palestinian families whose homes have been commandeered by settlers. Several activists were detained at the event.