Israelis attack Palestinian harvesters in West Bank

Attackers threw stones at a Palestinian family, pepper sprayed them and caused damage to their car.

 Palestinians collect olives from a tree during the annual harvest season, east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, on September 26, 2021. (photo credit: ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)
Palestinians collect olives from a tree during the annual harvest season, east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, on September 26, 2021.
(photo credit: ABED RAHIM KHATIB/FLASH90)

A group of 30 settlers attacked a Palestinian family in Yasuf, in the West Bank on Friday morning, according to a report by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din.

According to the report, the attackers threw stones at the family, and after some of them successfully escaped, the attackers then reached the 50-year-old mother of the family and sprayed pepper spray at her face. They then threw stones at the family's car as well as another car that was in the area, and then ran away.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of taking part in the attack.

Yesh Din said that since the beginning of the month, they had recorded 17 harvest-related incidents, out of which three involved attacks against the harvesters at the hands of Israelis. There were reportedly an additional five incidents of olive trees being cut or burned down and seven cases in which Israelis allegedly stole produce from Palestinians.

 50-year-old Palestinian woman who was pepper sprayed by Israelis in Yasuf (credit: YESH DIN) 50-year-old Palestinian woman who was pepper sprayed by Israelis in Yasuf (credit: YESH DIN)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz took to Twitter on Thursday to condemn acts of violence against Palestinians.

"Today, in the weekly situational assessment, I directed the IDF to act systematically and without compromise, together with the Shin Bet and police, against any violence: against Palestinians, Jews and, of course, the security forces. We will work to cut off the phenomenon with all the means we have available."