Israeli police probing ‘pogrom’

Israeli police are investigating a rampage by settlers in a Palestinian village in the West Bank on Saturday which PM Ehud Olmert called a “pogrom”.

Mr Olmert, who is about to step down, called the attack by about 100 settlers on Asira al-Qabaliya “intolerable”.

It was filmed by human rights groups and came after an intruder stabbed and wounded a child at Yitzhar settlement.

But police have not arrested any of the settlers who were filmed. Four people suffered gunshot wounds in the attack.

Police have reportedly approached human rights group B’Tselem asking for the home video footage capturing Yitzhar settlers attacking the village with live bullets and stones.

In the footage, Israeli soldiers are present at the scene but do not take any action to prevent the violence and destruction of Palestinian property.


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