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Head of Rabbis for Human Rights attacked by Israeli settler during West Bank olive harvest


By Cath And - October 24, 2015
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The head of Israeli organisation Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, was attacked by an Israeli settler Friday while assisting with an olive harvest in Awata, in the Nablus governorate.

 

Footage released of the attack shows a masked settler throwing rocks at Ascherman, threatening him with a knife, kicking him, putting him in a headlock, then running away.

 

Haaretz reports that Ascherman approached the masked settler after he saw him attempting to steal olives from the Palestinian field. Nearby, another settler appeared to be setting fire to some of the trees.

 

Rabbis for Human Rights is an Israeli group which works in the West Bank during the months of the olive harvest.

 

According to the group’s website, they work in solidarity with Palestinian farmers, organising groups of volunteers to provide a protective presence, “to ensure that [the farmers] can regularly access their agricultural lands, often denied to them because of their proximity to Israeli settlements.”

 

The mission of the group “is to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and to pressure the State institutions to redress these injustices.”


The head of Israeli organisation Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, was attacked by an Israeli settler Friday while assisting with an olive harvest in Awata, in the Nablus governorate.


Footage released of the attack shows a masked settler throwing rocks at Ascherman, threatening him with a knife, kicking him, putting him in a headlock, then running away.


Haaretz reports that Ascherman approached the masked settler after he saw him attempting to steal olives from the Palestinian field. Nearby, another settler appeared to be setting fire to some of the trees.


Rabbis for Human Rights is an Israeli group which works in the West Bank during the months of the olive harvest.


According to the group’s website, they work in solidarity with Palestinian farmers, organising groups of volunteers to provide a protective presence, “to ensure that [the farmers] can regularly access their agricultural lands, often denied to them because of their proximity to Israeli settlements.”


The mission of the group “is to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and to pressure the State institutions to redress these injustices.”


Following the attack, Rabbis for Human Rights posted to their Facebook page that a police account of the incident was false. The attack had not taken place “within any threatening proximity to a settlement,” as the report claimed, Rabbis for Human Rights wrote, “and there was absolutely no provocation beforehand.”

 

Of all the instances of settler violence against Palestinians which are investigated by Israeli forces, Ma’an News Agency reports that 90 percent of the cases are closed with any charges.

 

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