SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya


1 January 2011
HILLS: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the n
village of Susiya


According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the
International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all
Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are
illegal.  Most settlement outposts,
including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli

During the
night of the 28 December 2010, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian
village of Susiya, setting fire to a house-tent containing a sleeping family.  Around 3.00 a.m., the fire, caused by
bottles filled with a flammable substance, awoke the villagers.  They then saw three settlers from the
nearby settlement of Suseya running toward a car.

The owners of
the burned house-tent made a complaint to the Kiryat Arba police station.  One villager told members of Operation
Dove, who with CPT have had a presence in the village since 2004, “Someone who
throws a bottle of oil here it means to kill people…We want the police to
investigate fairly and to arrest the settlers.”

According to
Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, 92% of police investigations
following complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers end in a
failure: the complaints are lost, or the files  closed after the police fail to find suspects or present sufficient
evidence against suspects.

Operation Dove photos
are available here.  Video is
available here.


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