Rabbis for Human Rights former president assaulted by hilltop youth

2021-04-08 05:41:24

Well-known Israeli left-wing activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman was violently assaulted on Wednesday by a hilltop youth within the West Financial institution, Israeli media reported. 

Video footage of the incident exhibits numerous hilltop youth surrounding Ascherman when a masked suspect out of the blue runs towards him and begins repeatedly beating him with a protracted picket membership. 

Regardless of a number of the bystanders pleading the assailant to cease, the violent incident lasts for almost 30 seconds, with nobody really taking motion to cease the scenario. 

The incident occurred close to the Maale Ahuvia outpost, illegally erected by settlers in reminiscence of Ahuvia Sandak, a hilltop youth who died in a automobile crash whereas escaping police final yr, sparking nationwide protests. 

On Tuesday, Border Police cleared the outpost, together with two tents, simply east of the Beit El settlement. 

Ascherman arrived to the realm on Wednesday to be able to ask Jewish shepherds to divert their herd from close by Palestinian plowed fields. A video printed by Ascherman on his Twitter account, meant to depict the minutes previous the assault, exhibits a heated dialog between himself and several other shepherds, throughout which one in all them calls him a “assassin” and threatens him.

Hilltop youth violence within the West Financial institution has been on the rise up to now few weeks. On Sunday, Human rights group Yesh Din reported that dozens of Israeli settlers from Esh Kodesh attacked a Palestinian man with rocks and golf equipment close to Jalud, southern of Nablus.   

Ascherman himself reported earlier this yr that his automobile had been vandalized, whereas he was within the West Financial institution, presumably by settlers and/or Jewish extremists. He mentioned that the bearings of his wheels had been loosened such that the wheels of the automobile might have come off whereas he was driving.

Rabbi Ascherman served as president of Rabbis for Human Rights NGO for 21 years and later based the Israeli Human Rights group Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice. As a human rights activist, Ascherman has not solely actively protected Palestinian farmers from violence directed towards them by settlers, whereas typically placing himself in hurt’s approach, however has additionally fought for socio-economic justice for Israelis and Bedouins in southern Israel.

Violence within the West Financial institution continues to rage whereas being directed from all instructions. The IDF has reported 1,500 stoning incidents in opposition to Israelis within the West Financial institution in 2020 and 229 Molotov Cocktail incidents. 

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.  


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