Girl Struck By Settler’s Car

4 November 2012

In the afternoon of Wednesday 30th October, at around 4.30 p.m., yet another resident of the village of Beit Ommar was hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler.

Hala Alif Abu Ayash, a thirteen year old schoolgirl was walking along the road verge near her home when she was struck by a car driven by a settler from the nearby Israeli colony of Karmei Tsur. The colony, built on stolen Beit Ommar land, has for years posed a violent threat to local residents, who have suffered from the aggressive tactics of the settlers.

Hala had left her home near Highway 60, the main route connecting Bethlehem to Al Khalil (Hebron) in the south, to buy chocolates for her younger siblings at a local shop. She was walking home, along the side of the highway, when she was hit from in front. The car stopped, Israeli Occupation Force soldiers arrived and an ambulance was called.

It had been hoped that she would be taken to Israel’s Hadassar hospital where the cost of her treatment would be borne by Israel, as an Israeli citizen had been responsible for her injuries. Instead she was taken to Hebron’s Al Ahli hospital where she was diagnosed with chest and stomache injuries. She remained unconscious for three hours.

Two years ago, in the same area, a Palestinian woman was run down and killed by a settler in a similar incident. Indeed, in the past few years three local residents have died and five have suffered injuries when hit by cars driven by settlers, who act with impunity from the law. A spate of such accidents has occurred over the Occupied West Bank in recent years when Palestinians have been run down by military vehicles or settlers’ cars.