Group gives Palestinians cameras to record attacks



Rare footage released this month shows an apparent attack on a Palestinian woman by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and an Israeli human rights group has handed out more video cameras to document similar incidents.

Thamam al-Nawaja spent three days in hospital with a broken arm, fractured jaw and hemouraghed eye. The 58-year-old Palestinian woman said her attackers told her she had 10 minutes to leave the area.

"We will never leave our land," she says in Arabic. "We will die on it."

The Jewish human rights group B'Tselem first launched its "Shooting Back" project in 2007 to expose such violence, claiming that attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers is not uncommon.

B'Tselem has given roughly 100 video cameras to Palestinians living in "high-conflict areas."

Al-Nawaja alleges that four men attacked her -- along with her 70-year-old husband and nephew -- as they herded sheep near Susiya, a Jewish settlement. Video footage shows the men wielding sticks.

Israeli police, who are investigating the incident, say violent clashes caught on camera help them bring justice to the victims. Those who have been given cameras by B'Tselem are told it's better to get close-ups of the faces of any suspects for identification.

Israel building new settlements

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Israel on Sunday to stop building Jewish homes on disputed lands. Israel has approved the construction of more than 3,000 homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem -- where some Palestinians want to base their future capital.

Israel has said it will stop all settlement building as part of the U.S.-led "road map" peace plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he expects Israel to retain some West Bank settlements, and has encouraged construction in those areas.

Olmert has also said Israel has the right to continue building in east Jerusalem, which Israel acquired after the 1967 war.

lone wolf
You can bet, no matter how much evidence there is to support Palestinian claims, or how many Jewish human rights groups are shamed by their own, the monsters will keep getting away with their crap. Zion is entitlement.

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