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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
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
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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