Tear gas thrown in Palestinian home

Tear gas bomb was fired into Palestinian home by suspected Jewish militants

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian man holds his son as he stands in front of Hebrew graffiti sprayed on the wall of a Palestinian home in what Israeli police believe was an attack by Jewish militants in the village of Beitillu near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 22

On Tuesday, two tear gas canisters were thrown into a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank which was suspected to be carried out by Jewish extremists, Israeli police said.

According to police, it was an attack by Jewish militants and they allegedly took revenge for their friend who was detained over killing a Palestinian toddler and his parents in July.

At the instance of the attack, the family was asleep and no one was hurt, a policewoman said.

Jewish settlers started a fire on 31 July after throwing firebombs into a Palestinian-owned house in the occupied West Bank, killing an 18-month-old Palestinian baby and seriously wounding three of his family members. The toddler’s father and mother died several weeks later.

The same illegal settlers also graffitied the house using the infamous “price tag” tactic with words written in the Hebrew language that translated to “revenge” and “long live the Messiah,” according to reports.

After the attack, several suspected Jewish ultranationalists were arrested.

According to a witness,the words “Revenge” and “Hello from the detainees of Zion” were written on the wall of a house which was next to the one that was attacked and this was apparently a sign of revenge for the suspects in the Duma arson incident.

"Inside the house, where settlers hurled the two gas bombs, my brother, his wife and nine-month-old baby were sleeping," Abed Hussein al-Najar, who lives in Beitillu, told Reuters by telephone.

"Thank God, my brother woke up to the powerful smell of gas and cried for help. Neighbors rushed in and helped them get out."

For years, Jewish militants have destroyed or set fire to Palestinian homes including churches, mosques and offices.

Approximately 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned for being illegal by the international community, which sees settlement buildings as undermining international efforts to reach a two-state solution, thus causing even greater tensions between the two sides.

TRTWorld and agencies