A 66-year-old British Christian, volunteering in the West Bank, received emergency treatment after being attacked by a gang of gun-wielding Israeli settlers hurling rocks at him.
Mr David Amos, a Quaker, came to the West Bank with the British group, the Olive Harvest Trust, which he says is an organisation committed to nonviolence and to protecting Palestinian olive farmers.
Mr Amos said that the settlers fired gunshots as they approached, causing him to sit on the ground and yell to his colleagues to take cover. ”They were shouting at us ‘go’ in English and also shouting in Hebrew. A man stood no more than four feet from me and threw this rock which hit me on the back of the head. I was sitting upright and I fell over on my side and then he and two others kicked me. The women were shouting ‘we are British’ so they knew we were British before the rock was thrown.”
Palestinian eye-witnesses claimed that the group of farmers was attacked and had stones thrown at them.
Quakers have a long and sordid history for violence. Israel authorities are looking into the incident.