Amid Relative Quiet, One West Bank Area Sees Rash of Violence
Ynet – While most of the West Bank is experiencing a period of relative calm, one particularly beautiful, mountainous area in Samaria remains as volatile as ever: The Jewish settlement of Yitzhar is surrounded by six Palestinian villages- Burin, Orif, Asira al-Qibliya, Inabus, Madma and Hawara. Houses perched on hillsides and vast olive groves provide a deceptively peaceful setting in a place that is riddled with violence.
A discussion at the office of Orif Council head Fauzi Shehade centers on a recent incident in which a local was shot by a settler from Yitzhar. According to an IDF investigation, Najah al-Safadi, 22, was shot after Jewish teenagers yelled “armed Palestinian.” They then tied him up and beat him. Al-Safadi was rescued by IDF soldiers who dispersed the teens.