Foreign Observers Describe Settlers Rampage in Hebron as Pogrom
by Khalid Amayreh
IAP News • Tuesday July 30, 2002 * OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (IAP News): Foreign correspondents and international observers in
Hebron have described the Jewish rampage against Palestinian civilians in the southern
West Bank city of Hebron yesterday as a 'real pogrom.'
'It is a pogrom, a real pogrom, there is no other way to describe what happened,' said a
Norwegian member of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), describing
the rampage by hundreds of heavily armed Jewish militants against Palestinians and their
property in Hebron.
'The rampage was totally unprovoked, the Palestinians were under curfew, and the rabid
settlers began shooting indiscriminately at Palestinian homes and vandalizing their property
in full view of Israeli soldiers and police.'
The Norwegian observer asked that his name not be mentioned since the rules governing
TIPH's deployment in the effectively divided city don't allow the unarmed observers to talk
to the press.
One Turkish observer, who also refused to mention his name for the same reason, called
the rampaging settlers 'Jewish Gestapo.'
'I think it is fair to call them Gestapo. They attacked innocent people in their homes
without any provocation and they killed a young girl for nothing except for being Arab.'
The Turkish officer said he was shocked by the fact that the Israeli army and police didn't
make real efforts to rein in the rampaging settlers nor confiscated their weapons.
'It is clear the Israeli army and police deal very gently with those criminals.'
During the rampage, which lasted more than two hours, the settlers opened fire from
automatic rifles on Palestinian neighborhoods, killing 13-year-old Niveen Jamjoub as she
was sitting in her balcony.
When her brother, Marwan, sought to rescue her, he, too, was shot and seriously
One settler stabbed and seriously injured an Arab child, Ahmed Natsha, 10, while another
child, identified as Fawwaz Radwan Idris, 9, received a gunshot wound in his skull and
hospital sources said he was in serious but stable condition.
All in all, more than 20 Palestinian civilians, many of them children, were either shot or
stabbed by the rampaging settlers' fire.
In addition, dozens of Arab shops and business were either broken into, vandalized or
looted in broad daylight by the settlers.
Settlers leaders in Hebron, a hotbed of ‘Jewish cultists and fanatics‘, claimed the rampage
was in response of Palestinians throwing stones towards them.
However, eyewitnesses, including some Israeli policemen, refuted the settlers' claim, saying
it was a pure invention.
Israeli journalist, Roni Sheked, also contended the settlers were lying.
He described their rampage in Hebron as a “complete provocation.'
There are around 300 ultra-orthodox messianic Jewish cultists living in the midst of more
than 170,000 Palestinians under round-the-clock protection from the Israeli army.
In 1994, one of those cultists, Baruch Goldstein, attacked Palestinian worshipers at the
Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, killing at least 29 worshipers and maiming scores others before
he himself was killed by survivors.
Most of Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip fervently supported the massacres
and erected a monument in the settlement of Kiryat Arba'a in honor of Goldstein.
Goldstein's tomb in the settlement has become a pilgrimage site visited by Jews from as far