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‘We had children inside and we were the ones being attacked’: Huwara residents reflect on night of violence

Although I have been to Huwara several times, this was the first time that I saw it in its entirety. It feels like you are on the frontline in a war.

The streets are quiet now, instead of bustling with shoppers and cars parked bumper to bumper, All shops have been closed and metal shutters removed.

You will find Israeli soldiers everywhere.

To calm tensions, the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces), has sent more troops into the West Bank. It might work as a tactic but they are not welcome here.


It is located on the main road connecting Nablus and Ramallah, two of the most important Palestinian cities. It lies on a main road between Nablus and Ramallah, which is bordered by several Jewish settlements.

To protest the murder of two young Jews, hundreds of settlers marched through the town.

A Palestinian gunman shot them in the car and killed them. The IDF is still searching for him.

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In a yard at the edge of town, I found 79 cars that were badly damaged. Sultan Farouq, the owner of the yard, lives right next to it. Black smoke marks are visible on the walls.

He points out the Hebrew writing on the flash bangs and smoke bombs.

“They fired at our house from the soldiers. Why? We were the ones who attacked us because we had children in our home.

Image Sultan Farouq showing the grenades he threw towards his property

CCTV footage shows masked settlers setting fire to wooden pallets by placing them in front of a doorway. They continue for four minutes with the IDF nearby but they don’t stop.

Nawal was the only one inside. She is 75 years of age. She tried to put out the flames by pouring water on the balcony but was met with tear gas.

Her phone was cut off by the fire, cutting internet and electricity. She couldn’t use her phone to call for help as it ran out of batteries. Before Firaz flew from Dubai, her son was trapped inside.

“She stayed alone here for 24 hours, without any food, because there was no electricity and everything in the fridge was gone. He told me that she stayed alone.

“We are heading to the third intifada. He predicts that this will be the last intifada. This intifada may see us staying here or perhaps Israel will remain here.

The worldwide outrage at the rampage is evident. However, Bezalel Shmotrich, the senior minister in the Israeli government, stated that Huwara should be “wiped off the map” .

The United States, Israel’s closest ally and adamant ally, did not mince its words.

“I want this to be very clear. These comments were reckless. They were disgusting. “They were disgusting,” a spokesperson for the State Department said.

Many Israelis have also criticised the attacks. The crowdfunding campaign was launched and has raised more than PS400,000.

Yaya Fink, who initiated the campaign, stated that “99%” of the donors are Jewish.

“It’s probably one of the most successful Israeli crowdfunding projects, and once we collect the money, it’ll be transferred to small businesses and to innocent families who were attacked in Huwara three day ago.”


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