This Week: Settlers Attack Beit Ommar Vegetable Seller, Soldiers Arrest Two Palestinians

30 June 2012

On June 28th, Beit Ommar resident and vegetable vendor Yousef Nadi Sabarna was attacked by settlers on his way home from the nearby village of Jeba. In order to return to Beit Ommar, Yousef- who leaves Beit Ommar every day to sell his produce to nearby villages- took a road connecting Jeba to Gush Etzion, one that only Israeli settlers are permitted to use under the current apartheid system. As he neared Gush Etzion, Israelis from the nearby Beit Ayin settlement began throwing stones at his car, shattering his windshield and hitting him in the neck before running away.

After the settlers wounded him and damaged his car, Yousef called his family and asked them to tell the police about the attack. Palestinian police then arrived at the site of the attack and took Yousef to the hospital in Hebron, where he received treatment for his injuries.

The next evening, Israeli Occupation Forces forces arrested cousins Mohammed Abdul Hamid and Ahmad Mohammed Al-Alamy, both 23 years old, at the entrance to Beit Ommar. Soldiers approached the two as they passed by the military watchtower, handcuffed them, and loaded them into army jeeps. Mohammed and Ahmad were then taken to Gush Etzion prison, where they are still being held.

IOF soldiers arrest a Palestinian at the Beit Ommar entrance