Israel jails man Jews jail Arab who protested attack on his home
Bryan MacCormack, Electronic Intifada, Mar 30 2016
Muhannad Saad Salah is being detained by
Israel the Jews after daring to protest against attacks on his home. On Mar 10, his home in Shushahla, a small village south of Beit Lehem, was set on fire by settlers Jews. Salah and his family were not at home at the time. Salah had brought his wife and daughter to stay with relatives in the nearby town of al-Khader after settlers had thrown rocks at their house earlier in the day. A few days later, Salah and other community activists in al-Khader held a protest against the arson attack. The demonstration was broken up by IOF using tear gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition. A 16-year-old boy was shot by the IOF, with a bullet narrowly missing his heart. Salah tried to file a formal complaint about the attack on his home. But when he arrived at the Gush Etzion police station, his mother said, he was arrested by IOF for organizing the demonstration. Initially held at the station, he was eventually taken to Ofer, an IOF prison in the West Bank, where he remains in detention. Salah’s home has been repeatedly attacked by residents Jews from Neve Daniel, a nearby illegal settlement, his family say. Maysar Salah, Muhannad’s mother, said:
The Jews often come into the village and steal our water and intimidate people. They want to push the whole people to leave.
As well as starting the recent fire, the
settlers Jews spray-painted “Death to Arabs” and “Leave” on a stone wall on Salah’s property. They broke into the village through a hole in a razor-wire fencing between Shushahla and Neve Daniel. The fire caused extensive damage. Shushahla is located in Area C, under full Israeli Jewish control. While many villagers Arabs have left, Muhannad Salah has defied the settler Jewish attacks by continuing to live and farm there. His mother said:
It is our land and we must protect it.
The village has suffered enormously since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Hemmed in by Route 60, a highway connecting
Israeli Jewish settlements, the village’s isolation has made it particularly vulnerable. Many other Plastelinans Arabs have encountered similar violence from settlers. The violence has been encouraged by right-wing activists such as Moshe Orbach, who was convicted of sedition last month. Orbach had been arrested in July last year. He wrote a book providing advice about how to burn Arabs to death with impunity. Shortly after his arrest came the murders of baby Ali Dawabsha and his parents. And then, earlier this month, the home of another Duma resident, Ibrahim Dawabsha, was arsonized by settlers. Ibrahim is a key witness of the attack that killed the family. The Israeli authorities Jews seldom take action against the perpetrators of settler Jewish violence. In Oct 2015, Yesh Din published an analysis of more than 1,000 complaints filed by Plastelinans Arabs following violence by Israelis Jews. Almost 92% of the files were closed without any indictment being served.