March 2019: Israeli settlers assault Palestinians, military assists
On the morning of 17 March 2019, a Palestinian stabbed and shot dead an Israeli soldier, Gal Keidan, and later shot a settler, Achiad Ettinger, (after stealing his car at Ariel junction). He also fired at other soldiers. Ettinger died of his wounds the next day. One of the soldiers was seriously wounded. Immediately after the incident, settlers set out to attack Palestinians throughout the West Bank. In one incident, dozens of settlers threw stones at homes and cars in the village of ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah. The settlers smashed two windows in one home, and damaged two cars. Officers and soldiers who arrived on the scene made no arrests, and even took part in the assault. The soldiers only ordered the settlers to move away later, after they had already damaged property.
Five days later, on 21 March 2019, dozens of settlers raided the village of ‘Urif. The settlers chased a local shepherd up to the water reservoir on the eastern outskirts of the village. Officers and soldiers then joined the settlers. While the settlers threw stones at village homes and broke a private electric meter installed in one of the homes, soldiers fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets, and threw teargas canisters at the Palestinian residents who were trying to protect their homes. The settlers and soldiers left after about an hour.