According to BâTselemâs statement, once the settlers noticed a Palestinian woman â a local volunteer for the group â filming them, their scathing language was directed at her and they began to threaten her with sexual violence. BâTselem noted that the incident continued for hours.
Despite the disturbing threats, Israeli forces did not intervene. Occupation forces have been known to standby idly as Palestinians are abused by Israeli settlers.
The unidentified volunteer provided testimony to BâTselem, in which she said that the Israeli settlers were having a party on a hilltop nearby and turned their music up when the Muslim call to prayer was sounded from the mosque. This is when they began insulting Islam.
When she started filming âthe settlers began to use foul language and call out obscenities concerning me, Islam, and especially the Prophet Muhammad,â adding that it was not the first time that she has documented Israeli settlers insulting Islam in the presence of Israeli forces.
She told BâTselem that as a Muslim, she was âextremely offended by the insultsâ against the Prophet Muhammad. âAs a woman, I felt terrible hearing the foul language directed personally at me for filming them,â she said.
Over recent weeks, there have been routine reports of Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their homes in the Hebron district, particularly in the Old City.