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Israeli settlers call Prophet Muhammad 'dog' while threatening to sexually assault Palestinian in disturbing video

Palestinians often report that Israeli forces frivolously stand by when Israeli settlers harass them [Getty]

Date of publication: 30 August, 2017

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A human rights group released footage showing a group of settlers shouting foul language through a loudspeaker at Palestinians in the area.
A disturbing video has emerged showing Israeli settlers hurling Islamophobic abuse at a Palestinian woman, while also threatening to sexually assault her in occupied Hebron.

Human rights group B’Tselem released a video on Tuesday showing settlers from Israel’s illegal Kiryat Arba settlement shouting foul language through a loudspeaker at Palestinians in the area. 

The harassment took place on Thursday 24 August

“At 6pm I went up to my apartment, which looks out over al-Hariqah neighbourhood and the settlement of Kiryat Arba," field researcher for B’Tselem, Manal al-Ja’bri said. 

"At first I ignored the settlers, but they turned the music up just when the muezzin called out for evening prayers from the mosque. They started mocking the prayer and insulting the Prophet Muhammad," al-Ja’bri added.  

“I saw a military jeep on the hilltop where the settlers were gathered. There were several other soldiers on the road below, which looks out over al-Hariqah Street that runs by the settlement. I began filming.”

“The settlers began to use foul language and call out obscenities concerning me, Islam, and especially the Prophet Muhammad," she added.

"The Israeli soldiers and police did nothing to stop them. This was not the first time: about a year ago, I documented settlers swearing, using foul language and calling out obscenities against the Prophet Muhammad while soldiers and police allowed them to continue,” al-Ja'bri explained.  

Despite the alarming threats, Israeli forces refused to intervene and allow settlers to continue to abuse Palestinian residents.

Palestinians often report that Israeli forces frivolously stand by when Israeli settlers harass or assault them, while routinely providing the settlers protection, despite them being the ones causing the assaults.

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