On 8th December 2014, a 17 year-old Palestinian boy, Moad Al Rajabi, was stabbed by Jewish settlers on his family land in Bani Naim, on the outskirts of Al-Khalil/Hebron. Moad was sitting with his father, Noah Al Rajabi, and two of his cousins on the land when settler cars stopped nearby. Seven settlers exited the cars and came towards them. Noah ran away with his two nephews, believing that his son was also with him. He soon realised his son was not there, and turned to see 17 year-old Moad encircled by seven settlers. Moad was being stabbed by this group of seven, who fled as Noah ran back in a bid to rescue his son from the assault. Moad was taken to hospital to treat the stab wounds, one of which was as deep as the bones in the hand, and the other was on his thigh. He is now stable, and the hospital hopes to discharge him later today.
The Al Rajabi family has also been subject to the violence of home demolition and the destruction of their livelihood by the Israeli military. In May 2012, Israeli forces destroyed the family’s dairy farm and home, which was on the land on which Moad was stabbed yesterday. Commenting on the destruction of the caravan (mobile home) in which the family lived, an iron barn in which cows were kept, milking machines and other equipment worth over 8000 USD, Noah explained that the Israeli army not “only destroy[ed] my livelihood but also the livelihoods of three other families; our farm is our bread and butter.” The Al Rajabi family has had financial difficulties ever since the demolition. This is the context in which Moad was stabbed. This is one the innumerate stories of violence, racism and injustice which characterise the Israeli occupation.