On Saturday 10 January, as children across the West Bank of Palestine were playing in the snow, Israeli settlers from the illegal colony of Bracha accompanied by soldiers, shot at the children of Burin village, just south of Nablus city.
18 year old Jamal Abbas Asous and 15 year old Mohammed Yasser Al-Najjar were shot with live ammunition fired at them by the settlers and soldiers as they played in the snow. They are currently being treated in Rafidia hospital in Nablus where SFP members visited them.
Burin is subjected to daily attacks from the settlers and soldiers that surround the village. Last year saw a campaign of arrests of young men and children from the village, including SFP members and Steering Committee member Ghassan Najjar. Ghassan is still in prison having been held for 6 months already with no charges brought against him. A Court appearance scheduled for 8 January was delayed due to the bad weather conditions. This is particularly felt by prisoners who are often held by the Israeli Prison Authorities in tents outside, having to endure the freezing temperatures.
SFP continues to support the village of Burin through planting olive trees and providing support for families of prisoners. We would urge people around the world to sign our petition calling for the immediate release of Ghassan and to shre it with friends. To sign the petition please click here. You can also donate towards our olive tree and thyme plating campaign by clicking here.