When Medhat realised that his fields were on fire, he called on the settler for help, completely unsuspecting what would happen next.
The settler headed towards him, whilst 3 others — with clubs in their hands — headed toward his cousins. And whilst his cousins were able to run away, Medhat's handicapped leg meant there was no escape for him.
He tried convincing them to help extinguish the fire. But instead of helping, they tied his hands behind his back and proceeded to punch him, slap him and hit him with the clubs.
They then tied him to a nearby electricity pole and continue the beating whilst soldiers, just 15m away, did nothing to stop them.
Physical injuries. Insecurity. Psychological problems. Social distress. Impeded access to education and services. Displacement. Loss of homes, land, resources, assets and livelihoods.
This is what Palestinians suffer in what has come to be known as "settler violence".
Settlers are the Israelis who pro-actively & illegally colonise Palestinian land. Whilst many are "economic settlers" enjoying financial incentives, many others are "ideological settlers" who believe that the land is theirs, that Palestinians are foreigners and that violence towards them is acceptable.
They attack Palestinians with clubs, knives and rifle butts, regardless of their age, gender or, in the case of women, whether they are pregnant or not.
Armed with guns, they throw stones at Palestinians, drive at them with cars and shoot at them with live ammunition. They even invade homes, destorying furniture, shattering glass and attacking residents.
They destroy, vandalise and burn cars, homes, mosques, churches, farms and public service buildings. They kill and steal animals. They bath in or contaminate water wells that Palestinians use for drinking. They even attack schools, like those in Urif village that were attacked 5 times in the first six months of 2013.
Israeli forces are often complicit in their attacks and do very little (if anything) to defend Palestinians from their violence.
And when Palestinians defend themselves, Israeli forces use tear gas, rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition to disperse them.
Israeli police launch investigations only when complaints are officially filed by the victims, despite there being bureaucratic and physical obstacles to doing so, and 91 percent of complaints filed are closed on the grounds of "perpetrator unknown" or "lack of evidence".