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Jerusalem: Jewish settlers attack Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah

January 10, 2022 at 10:17 am

Israeli settlers march through Jerusalem on 10 May 2021 [Laurent Van Der Stock/Getty Images]

At least 20 extreme right-wing Jewish settlers raided Sheikh Jarrah, the Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem, on Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, the illegal settlers attacked local residents and were protected by Israeli occupation police officers.

Safa news agency reported that the settlers accompanied one of their number who lives in a Palestinian house in the neighbourhood taken from its rightful owner four years ago. They apparently chased Palestinian children and women, while screaming insults at them. This incident ended with a fierce argument between the Palestinian residents of the neighbourhood and the illegal settlers.

Elsewhere, a group of Jewish settlers killed three sheep and injured another three belonging to a Palestinian from the village of Al Mughayir near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian was grazing his sheep near the village when settlers drove deliberately into the flock.

Meanwhile, yet another group of illegal settlers attacked Palestinian activists taking part in a tree-planting project near the village of Burqa in the occupied West Bank.

Settler violence has become part of daily life for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Observers believe that the settlers are officially, albeit under the radar, encouraged and funded to carry out such attacks.

Israel soldiers attack Palestinians resisting forceful eviction in Sheikh Jarrah [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah are being replaced with Israeli settlers as Israeli soldiers vacate the Palestinian property by force – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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