Even though Osama Jamil Daghlas is only 16 years old, this did not prevent a group of 20 grown up Israeli settlers from attempting to lynch him. He survived only after the settlers thought that he was dead and left him alone.
Speaking about his nightmarish ordeal from the day before from his hospital bed in Nablus, where he is getting treatment for multiple injuries to the head, the stomach, and the upper and lower parts of his body as well as back pain, Daghlas said he was playing with his cousin Salah in the open fields near his village, Burqa, north of Nablus when a group of 20 settlers attacked them.
He said they were scared and ran away but the setters caught up with him while Salah was able to get away.
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“The settlers first threw rocks at me and one hit me in the head and I fell to the ground unconscious,” he said.
“But this was not enough for them. After that they started to kick me and beat me up all over my body. Then they dragged me across the field for about one kilometer heading to their settlement at the top of the hill. My clothes were all torn and when we got on top of the hill, they pushed me and let me toll down the hill toward the valley,” said Daghlas who was still in pain from the assault.
When Daghlas attempted to get up and walk back to his village, which was only 200 meters away from where he was, the settlers threw stun grenades at him. He fell and his head hit a rock.
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Daghlas does not remember what happened after that but found himself in the hospital when he woke up again.
According to his father, Jamil, a shepherd found him unconscious with his cloths torn and came to inform the village people, who rushed to the boy and took him to hospital.
He said his son was most likely saved because the settlers thought he was dead and therefore left him alone.
This is not the first time Israeli settlers attack Burqa residents, said Jamil Daghlas. There has been many similar attacks, including throwing rocks at homes, attacking shepherds and destroying cars.
(Wafa, PC, Social Media)