Days of Palestine

Thursday, June 1

Two Israeli Settlers Charged with Terror After Allegedly Attacking Palestinian Family with Axe in Hawara

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Two Israeli settlers were charged with terrorism on Thursday for using an axe to assault a Palestinian family during the settler pogrom on Hawara, a town in the West Bank, in the beginning of March.

The indictment stated that Akiva Rabin from Jerusalem and Raz Haim Garon from the settlement of Yitzhar had assaulted a Palestinian family while they were in the vehicle.

The attackers, who were armed with an axe, a hammer, stones, and pepper spray, marched up to a supermarket and began hurling stones at cars with people inside, smashing windows, and even attacking one occupant with an axe.

Rabin and Garon were apprehended a week after they supposedly committed the terror-linked offense of deliberately organizing a racially-motivated aggravated sabotage.

One of the victims who is a resident of Asira al-Qibliya village near Nablus stated that he and his family were assaulted when they stopped their vehicle near a supermarket. He went on to say that he barely managed to get away, and the assailants even used pepper spray and tear gas against them.

In March, hundreds of settlers invaded Hawara, throwing rocks at houses, setting fire to homes, trees, and cars. Seventy homes were impacted; some were burned, others were robbed or otherwise damaged, and ninety vehicles were set alight.

Dozens of Palestinians were hurt by the Israeli settlers using rocks and iron rods, resulting in the death of 37-year-old Sameh Aqtash due to gunshot wounds to the abdomen, while approximately 100 people were wounded.

The Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich later suggested that the village should be demolished, stating that it “needs to be wiped out.”