14 de octubre de 2008

West Bank Settlers Attack Palestinian Olive Pickers

In the West Bank, the annual olive harvest is underway. On Saturday, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers with stones near Nablus as they began picking the olives. One of the olive pickers, Mustafa Najjar, said the Israeli army supported the settlers.

Mustafa Najjar: “Around twenty to twenty-five settlers attacked from the top of the hill, and worse, the (Israeli) army were supporting the settlers. They started throwing stones at us, so we went up the hill and started pulling the women and children back so they would not get hurt. Six soldiers stood behind the settlers and started firing their rifles at us. We started retreating to the back with the women and children and the rest of the belongings. I was hit with a stone on my head, arm and leg.”

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