August 15, 2011
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Two goats killed after Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian
shepherd in Bani Na’im
by Tim Nessim
At 6:30 p.m. on 14 August 2011, Israeli soldiers attacked a
Palestinian shepherd and his two sons in Bani Na’im, east of Hebron, chasing
the shepherd off his land and causing the deaths of two goats.
Noah Al-Rajabi, the shepherd, told international observers
from Christian Peacemaker Teams that he was milking his goats with his nine and
eleven-year-old sons when six Israeli army jeeps pulled over on the nearby
road. Soldiers exited the Jeeps
and ordered Al-Rajabi to come speak with them. When Al-Rajabi replied that he was unable to do so because he
was busy milking his goats, the soldiers approached him, yelling threats and
firing live ammunition.
Al-Rajabi fled the area to safety. However, the soldiers’ aggressive
actions caused Al-Rajabi’s goats to panic and run towards their pen. In the confusion, two goats were
trampled and killed.
After Al-Rajabi escaped, the soldiers approached his two
sons and asked where their father was. When the children replied that their father had left the
area, the soldiers threatened to come back in the night to arrest their father.
Israeli settlers and soldiers frequently harass the Al-Rajabi
family. Earlier on 14 August, the
Israeli military erected a new tent near the family’s property. One week earlier, settlers stole a goat
and a horse from the family. The
animals were later returned, but the thieves had painted the horse.
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