Israeli activists and Palestinians were attacked by settlers Friday morning near the West Bank settlement of Anatot, said Israeli left-wing peace advocacy group Gush Shalom on Saturday. According to the group, the landowner of the plot to which the activists came in order to plant trees was also attacked by the settlers who severely wounded him in the head, as well as attacking his wife. The two have reportedly been hospitalized at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.
A press release circulated by Gush Shalom stated that police officers who were present at the scene did nothing while the activists were beaten and their cameras smashed. Some of the attackers allegedly wore police shirts and carried service weapons, which the group said "attests to the fact that they are a part of the police force even though they were off duty."According to the statement, three other activists have been hospitalized at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem and an additional three have apparently been arrested by the police.
Gush Shalom said that later on Friday, more activists arrived to protest against the settler violence which had taken place earlier. The group affirmed that they too were attacked and beaten, and subject to stone-throwing. The advocacy group claimed that in spite of police presence at the scene, the police did nothing.