Days of Palestine – Hebron
Israeli settlers Tuesday assaulted Palestinian shepherds to the east of Yatta town, in the south of the occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.
Member of local popular committees, Rateb al-Jbour, said a group of settlers, under military protection, attacked Palestinian shepherds while herding their sheep in the open pastures claiming the area was a “state land”.
The settlers entered into a scuffle with the herders, who attempted to defend their right to access the pastures. No injuries were reported though.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property, which includes arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others, is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
There are more than 800,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.