Haaretz, Jul. 30, 2017


Between the previous Friday, when 20-year-old Omar al-Abed killed three members of the Salomon family in the settlement of Halamish, and the following Thursday, the army raided the village every night except Wednesday.

[...] Last Sunday morning it was still possible to hear a few reservations about Abed’s act. By Wednesday, a veteran Fatah activist said, “The Shin Bet security service and the army think they’re deterring people, but they’re also causing people who don’t support violence to do so.”

[...] At 2:30 A.M. on Tuesday, Abbas Barghouti, 35, and his wife Maram were sitting on their unfinished balcony, which has no walls. His 73-year-old mother Adiba lives one floor down and his brother Ashraf across the way. His three children – ages 4, 6 and a few months – were sleeping inside [....]

“I was in shorts. They caught me and began beating me. They threw me to the ground, with my face to the concrete floor. One soldier knelt on my back, a second hit me in the head. That’s where the wound on my forehead comes from. A third soldier stood guard with his rifle aimed.