An Israeli soldier stands between an Israeli settler (L) and visitors on a tour held by leftwing NGO "Breaking the Silence" in the West Bank city of Hebron April 19, 2017. Picture taken April 19, 2017..
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“Go to Auschwitz,” a Hebron settler yelled at an American left-wing activist Ariel Gold in a Facebook Live video, in which she was harassed in front of soldiers.
According to Rabbis for Human Rights, a left-wing NGO, Gold has since filed a restraining order against the Hebron resident in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. A hearing is set for Wednesday morning, the NGO added.
Gold said that she was kicked, verbally harassed and slapped in the face while walking to the bus on Shuhada Street, in an area of the city under Israeli control.
“The attack on me took place in broad daylight right in front of soldiers who refused, despite my pleadings, to intervene and provide me with physical protection,” Gold said.
After the incident began, she used her phone to turn on Facebook Live to record what was happening in front of Beit Hadassah, an apartment complex where Jewish families live.
It appeared to back up her contention, as it showed a Jewish woman who lives in Hebron verbally harassing her while soldiers stand by.
“She is antisemitic. She is a Nazi,” the settler tells Gold. “Go to al-Aksa, go to Halamish,” the woman adds referencing the settlement where a terrorist killed three residents on July 21. “Go to Cairo, go to Syria, go,” the Hebron woman said.
At times in the video she states that she does not want Gold to pass.
“To what enemy are you sending this material,” she asked Gold.
Gold asked the soldiers to help her safely reach the bus station, located a short distance down the street, so she could safely leave the city.
“I am asking these soldiers to see that I am not physically injured and they are refusing to provide that assistance,” Gold said. She also asked them to help her retrieve her phone case that had been knocked out of her hands during the altercation.
Gold asked the soldier for their names and offered to show them her passport. She charged that the same woman had assaulted her a day earlier when she had been in Hebron.
The solider asked her why she was walking by Beit Hadassah and suggested that her actions had been provocative.
“The attack on Gold is a political assault whose goal is one: silencing and deterring activists from acting in accordance with their consciences,” Rabbis for Human Rights said.
The IDF issued a statement saying, “the soldiers reported the incident to their commander immediately after it began. The commander separated the two women when he arrived at the scene, and called the police.”