Settlers attack elderly woman in Sheikh Jarrah
Ma’an – 03/04/2010
Jerusalem – Israeli settlers assaulted an elderly Palestinian woman and her daughter in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Friday, amid protests against settler “provocations” in the area.
The elderly woman, 89-year-old Rifqa Al-Kurd, was taken to Al-Maqasid Hospital in Jerusalem where she received medical treatment before she was discharged. Her daughter was identified as 50-year-old Nadiya.
Ma’an’s correspondent reported that some 200 demonstrators, including international sympathizers, rallied in the district home to a number of settlers, protesting recent attacks on Palestinian residents of the neighborhood.
He pointed out that the elderly woman was attacked in front of Israeli police officers who opted not to stop them. Instead, they told the Al-Kurd family to file a legal case against the settler who was filmed attacking the woman and her daughter, he said.
Also Friday, local residents accused some Israeli police officers of attacking Palestinians who tried to defend themselves against the settlers.
Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked Palestinians in Silwan on Thursday night, onlookers said. A 15-year-old boy, Yezen Ammar Siam, was taken to an undisclosed location, witnesses in the flashpoint area said.
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