AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Two goats killed after Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian shepherd in Bani Na’im

CPTnet
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 Trampled Goat 3shepherd 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 Trampled Goatconfusion, 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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