Settlers break 64-year-old Palestinian farmer’s jaw

Tayseer Hasan Saliman underwent surgery for fractures in his lower jaw and neck after Jewish settlers from a nearby settlement beat him with clubs.

By +972 Magazine Staff

Tayseer Hasan Saliman, 64, is seen in Nablus' Rafidia Hospital, after being brutally attacked by Israeli settlers. Saliman suffered nine fractures in his lower jaw and neck. (Huwarra municipality)
Tayseer Hasan Saliman, 64, in Nablus’ Rafidia Hospital after being attacked by Israeli settlers. Saliman suffered nine fractures in his lower jaw and neck. (Huwarra municipality)

Israeli settlers attacked and badly wounded a Palestinian farmer from Huwarra as he was tending his land near the settlement of Yitzhar in the occupied West Bank Monday afternoon.

Settlers who came from the direction of the adjacent Israeli settlement, Yitzhar, known for its extremism and violence against Palestinians in the area, attacked 64-year-old Tayseer Hasan Saliman with clubs, his son said. According to Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, Saliman was brought to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he underwent surgery to repair fractures in his jaw and neck.

Huwarra’s municipality, responding to the incident on its Facebook page, decried the fact that the “settler does what he is told, with the protection of the government and the occupation army, kills and breaks and expropriates the land and its protectors.” According to the municipality, it took doctors nine hours to stop Saliman’s bleeding.

Over the past six months, Yesh Din has documented approximately 25 cases of violence by settlers in the Yitzhar area against Palestinians. This includes gunfire, stone throwing at olive harvesters and shepherds, stealing olives and destroying trees, and slaughtering sheep, among other acts. Yesh Din sent a letter demanding that the commander of the West Bank protect the Palestinians living in villages in the area. The violence, it seems, continues without any concrete response from the army.

As the occupying power in the West Bank, the Israeli army is obligated under international law to protect the Palestinian civilian population. However, countless reports by Israeli human rights organizations have documented how Israeli authorities fail to stop settler attacks, fail to prosecute those that take place, and fail to prosecute soldiers for violence perpetrated against Palestinians.

After a decline in recent years, settler-related violence increased in 2017. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories, “there were 156 incidents that resulted in Palestinian casualties or damage to Palestinian property by the end of November compared with 107 in all of 2016.” An OCHA report published in December of 2017 noted that the increase in settler violence coincided with a significant rise in Palestinian violence during the same period.