Israeli night invasion of Palestinian town (archive image)

The Israeli military invaded the village of Sa’ir, in the Hebron district in the southern West Bank, after claiming that an unknown assailant fired shots at an Israeli military vehicle, causing no injuries or damage.

According to the Israeli military, the armored vehicle was traveling on a road near the illegal Israeli settlement of ‘Kiryat Arba’, east of Hebron, when an unknown person fired shots at the vehicle.

Unable to locate the assailant, the military carried out an invasion of the village of Sa’ir, closing the entrance of the village near Beit Einoun, and ransacking the homes of several Palestinian families in the village. The attack focused on the Al-Adaysah area of town.

Though no Palestinians were abducted during the Israeli assault on the village, local resident Nasr Jaradat reported that the Israeli occupation soldiers assaulted members of the Jaradat family during their invasion of the family home.

Kiryat Arba is a controversial settlement built on stolen Palestinian land in Hebron by a right-wing militant sect of Zionism. Members of this sect honor and lionize Baruch Goldstein, an American who emigrated to occupied Palestine in 1983, and lived in the Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of the city. In 1994, Goldstein carried out a massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.  As worshippers kneeled, Goldstein opened fire. He reloaded at least once, continuing his barrage for as long as possible before finally being overpowered and eventually beaten to death. By the time he was stopped, 29 worshipers were killed, and more than a hundred had been injured.

The settlement of Kiryat Arba is the source of numerous attacks against local Palestinian residents in the area. This past February, armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba broke into the east of the city of Hebron and slashed the tires of several vehicles owned by local Palestinian residents.