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It was close to here that the couple were severely beaten last summer by four masked, club-swinging Jewish settlers in the barley field. Tamam, her face still bleeding after being clubbed in the jaw, was driven in an Israeli Army ambulance to Beersheeva's Soroka hospital
And it was here that they received the news last week that the Israeli police had closed an investigation without making charges, even though the attack was caught on video
I cannot leave this place for a single day or the
cast fresh doubt on the efficacy of law enforcement against a violent minority of the 300,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to one human rights agency, Yesh Din, around 90 per cent of investigations it monitored in 2005-6 into complaints by Palestinians against settlers – and 79 per cent of ones about assaults – ended without an indictment.