Days of Palestine – Bethlehem
Two Palestinian brothers were Friday overnight left with fractures and bruises after being assaulted by Israeli settlers near al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, according to security sources.
The sources confirmed that a group of Israeli settlers attacked Ashraft Mustafa Najjar, 43, and his brother, Muhmmad, 40, both identified as residents of al-Azzeh refugee camp, near the village, inflicting fractures and bruises across their bodies.
One of the two brothers was rushed to a hospital in Bethlehem given his serious condition.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settlers‘ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
There are almost 834,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.