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Number of suspected “revenge attacks” continues to rise as 22-year-old abducted and left to bleed on remote hillside near Nablus

By Charlotte Drax - July 06, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Collective Punishment] [culture of impunity] [settler violence] [Settlers attacks]

Tariq Ziad Zuhdi Adeli after being attacked by Israeli settlers in Osarin, near Nablus.

After the bodies of the three settler teens were discovered early last week, calls for revenge have echoed across Israel and fears of individual reprisals against the Palestinian population are growing. 

These fears were realized early Wednesday morning when the charred body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khedeir was found in a West Jerusalem forest. It is reported that he was bundled into a car by three men, thought to be Jewish extremists, on around 3 am that morning as he made his way to the mosque to pray.  An official autopsy report released yesterday revealed that Mohammed was burned alive.

Since this horrific murder, committed only hours after the funeral of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali (the three Israeli youth kidnapped killed in the West Bank), there has been an alarming number attempted abduction. 

According to local media, Jewish extremists tried to drag 9-year-old Mousa Zaloom into an awaiting car in Shuafat on Tuesday evening, the same area Mohammed was later snatched from. The Zaloom family were reportedly walking in the Eastern Jerusalem neighbourhood after a meal when the mother heard Mousa screaming. She turned around to see him being choked and dragged towards a waiting car. As she attempted to intervene, the attackers turned upon her before fleeing without the child when onlookers arrived at the scene. 

Four settlers from Pisgat Zeev reportedly tried to abduct a seven-year-old Palestinian child in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina on Thursday evening. Local witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that the attackers fled on foot after family members ran to rescue Muhammad Ali al-Kiswani, who was playing in the street after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Thankfully, both children escaped with minor injuries, however, 22-year-old Tariq Ziad Zuhdi Adeli was not so lucky.

Israeli settlers reportedly approached the village of Osarin, south of Nablus, late Saturday evening and abducted Tariq. “The settlers stepped out of a car and sprayed gas at Tariq before pulling him into one of the vehicles,” witness Abas Adeli told Ma’an News Agency

“They then took him to a remote area in the outskirts of the village and attacked him with a hatchet, leaving him bleeding,” he went on to add. It is only after the attackers left that Tariq was able to call his father, who arrived with a group of young men from the village. He was then transported to Rafedia hospital in Nablus to receive urgent medical attention. 

When asked to comment on these disturbing and violent attacks, Dr Mustafa Barghouti told Palestine Monitor that, “what we are witnessing, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories today, are systematic attacks by settlers protected by the Israeli army.” 

“Palestinians feel totally unsafe. There is nobody able to provide them with protection,” he added. 

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