Hebron - settler extreme violence

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Judy,  Mohammed (driver, interpreter)
Hebron - the wounded Aabu Anan


On right side just after the turn onto Route 60, there was new fencing to prevent Palestinians from entering into Israel. soldiers were sitting on the hill monitoring the movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Further on there were soldiers on a hill on the left side of the road.

Mohammad reported that a week ago, Palestinians over 22 years of age could get special permission for a period of 2 months to search for work in Israel. If they did not find work within that period, they could reapply for the special permission to be renewed.

On the left side of Route 60, there is a small sheep farm recently constructed by settlers. In the last 3 years, they have established 15 such farms on Palestinian land – a continuation of creeping annexation.

We arrived at the home of the Jabari family in Hebron. We sat in in the family living room.

​Abu Anan (אבו ענאן), the father of the family, told us what happened to him very early on June 17. He was working their land which is located between the house and the road below. The son of the head of the Kiryat Arba  council saw Abu Anan working. He went into his house located in the neighborhood of Giv'at ha'avot (one of the Jewish neighborhoods inside Hebron that make the H2 area -- Hebron H1-H2 protocol ), right above Abu Anan’s land and home. He came out with a metal pipe, went up behind Abu Anan and hit him. He then sprayed pepper gas straight into his face. Abu Anan tried to defend himself by hitting the settler with his mobile phone. The settler threw a rock at him hitting, breaking his wrist and then hit him repeatedly on his head with the metal pipe. As he was bleeding profusely from his head, Abu Anan saw more settlers running down the hill towards him. Abu Anan ran towards a soldier for help who called for an ambulance. Ofer Ohana came to tell the ambulance drivers not to take Abu Anan to the hospital because he is a suspected terrorist. He should be left on the ground to die. Two Jewish residents from the area stopped to help him as he was lying there and called a Palestinian ambulance to take him for medical help. An hour passed between the first ambulances on the scene and the arrival of the Palestinian ambulance.

He was taken to Ahli Hospital where his wounds were treated. His head required 40 stitches.​

That evening, settlers came to throw stones at the family home. Two family vehicles had their windows broken.

At his request, Abu Anan asked to be released after one day so he could recuperate at home with his family. He remained in bed for 3 days. His doctor instructed him not to return to his usual routine for 3 months.

The family has filed a complaint with the police.