Israel – A 9-year-old boy from the West Bank settlement of Shalhevet, near Yitzhar, was stabbed near his home early Shabbat morning by a Palestinian intruder who torched an empty home.
The boy was lightly wounded and was taken to Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikva for treatment.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a Palestinian man entered Shalhevet and torched an emptoy home. As he was preparing to torch another structure, the boy approached him. The Palestinian stabbed the boy and escaped.
Soon after the incident, about 100 settlers arrived at the West Bank village of Asira al-Kabaliya and began to riot.
Mayor Hosni Sharaf said settlers fired guns in the air, overturned a car and broke windows in three houses. The military imposed a curfew.
An Asira al-Kabaliya councilmember said that at least six people, including a 10-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds, but security forces said only four Palestinians were lightly wounded. “Glass was broken, they tried to set buildings on fire, and vehicles were damaged,” Ahmad Shami said.
Witnesses reported that security forces were present at the scene, “but it’s hard to say they were trying to prevent (the settlers’) actions.”
One of the village’s residents said she was at home with her children when the settlers raided. “They sprayed a Star of David on the wall of our house and sprayed us with a chemical substance. We began coughing and some of the children vomited.”
Another villager, Ahmed Daud, said the settlers shattered the windows of his home after his son and a few neighbors hurled stones in their direction.
Some 500,000 Jews live among 2.5 million Palestinians on West Bank land.