Peace Now Activists Assaulted by Settlers for Documenting Illegal West Bank Settlement Construction
From the Peace Now website – 2 July 2009
Some stunning footage just became available of a settler attacking a team of Peace Now activists who were surveying West Bank settlement construction.
The assault took place at the settlement of Dolev. The incident was captured on video and reported by Israel’s Channel 2 Television, whose news team was documenting Peace Now’s work, and was also assaulted.
Peace Now activists track settlement expansion because it harms Israel and the prospects for peace. Settlements burden Israel’s security services, create friction between Israelis and Palestinians, drain financial resources, and undermine the two-state solution which is so critical to bringing about real and lasting peace.
The news segment above was broadcast on Channel Two’s evening news broadcast.
Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran filed a police complaint against the assailant. An arrest was made this morning.
This settler violence is inexcusable, heart wrenching, and, unfortunately, all too common. It undermines the possibilities for stability and peace. Settlers assault our volunteers because they know that Peace Now’s work has an impact. They know that Peace Now is the best resource for information about settlements and has reinforced President Obama’s firm hand to bring a stop to settlements.