Monday, March 07, 2011

Clashing of Israelis and Palestinians Near Nablus

Nadene Goldfoot
300,000 Israelis live in over 100 towns in Judea and Samaria.  They're started to clash with the Palestinians who also inhabit the land.

Palestinians claim that they had a confrontation with Israelis today near Nablus and that the Israelis had damaged their trees. and that the Israelis attacked them again.  Palestinians started throwing rocks at them, says Ibrahim Wadi, age 50.  Then, he continued, soldiers came and fired at them, wounding several.

According to the IDF, Palestinians were throwing rocks at the soldiers who were trying to break up the group.  They couldn't so fired at their legs.  They reported that the Israeli residents also fired at the Palestinians and wounded three. 

The IDF were firing rubber-coated steel pellets.  An officer did fire live bullets at a man who came at him with an iron pick and and other who tried to drag away an Israeli resident. 

Another Palestinian, Raed Odeh, said an Israeli fired an assault rifle and soldiers used live bullets, rubber bullets, tear gas, and everything. 

The Palestinians were taken to their hospital who said one of the eight was seriously wounded and that most suffered leg wounds.  Tension is running high between the three groups.  The Palestinians are claiming all of Judea and Samaria as part of their future state. 

Nablus was the Jewish city of Shechem  where Abraham had been.   Now it is the largest Palestinian city with a population of 50,000. 

Come to find out, last week was "Day of Rage", and the Palestinians had attacked the Gilad Farm outpost in Samaria where 15 settlers were injured.  The border police were accused of shooting rubber bullets at the Gilad Israeli residents and they say they used paint balls.  Three buildings had been destroyed by the Palestinians.  It seems that the Israelis  have taken the law into their own hands now and are giving either paybacks or are teaching the lesson of "don't mess with us or you'll get it back in kind.".
Oregonian Newspaper 3/8/11 page A5 West Bank Shooting

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