Palestinians clash with IDF after alleged beating

Villagers from Silwad in W. Bank claim settlers from Ofra beat 60-year-old former judge Ahmad al-Zir as he was tending his land.

April 12, 2013 19:35
1 minute read.
A Palestinian protester pulls a burning tire during a protest outside the village of Silwad

Palestinian riots in Silwad 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Scores of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers for a second day in the West Bank on Friday, after locals accused Jewish settlers of beating a man with steel pipes.

Youths heaved rocks at IDF jeeps as smoke from blazing tires mixed with tear gas a few hundred meters from the red-rooftopped villas of the Israeli settlement of Ofra.

An IDF spokesperson described the alleged beating that led to the disturbances as a "clash between Israeli and Palestinian civilians" and said it was investigating.

Israelis from an outpost of cabins between the Ofra settlement and the Palestinian village of Silwad beat 60-year-old former judge Ahmad al-Zir as he was tending his land on Thursday, locals said.

"They were hitting him again and again on the head, cursing him and telling him to shut up," said Mahmoud Hussein, a relative and an eyewitness of the alleged attack.

Village youths pursued the Israelis to the encampment and burned down one of their improvised homes.

IDF soldiers were dispatched to the scene late Thursday, firing at the Palestinians and hitting two protesters with live bullets, including one in the chest, medics said.

For Friday prayers in Silwad, hundreds of village men streamed past IDF troops who tried to block their path and gathered in al-Zir's apricot grove in protest.

"Our land, its stones and its soil, is our right. Sleeping on it by night and tending to it by day, without fear of attacks by hateful settlers, is a matter of our very existence," the local imam told worshipers by megaphone at the open-air sermon.

Disturbances took place in several other areas of the West Bank on Friday.

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded by Palestinian stone-throwers near Mount Hebron in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported.

Earlier in the day another soldier was lightly wounded by stones at the weekly protest against the security barrier in Bil'in.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN