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Settler violence since outpost demolition

March 22, 2011 6:34 P.M. (Updated: March 23, 2011 9:40 A.M.)
Since the end of February, seven Palestinians have been injured by settler gunfire, two have been stabbed, two have been beaten, seven have been injured by stones, at least six cars have been torched, and dozens of acts of vandalism and harassment have been reported.

An escalation in violent attacks began after the Israeli government dismantled an illegal settlement outpost on February 28. Under a professed "price tag" policy, settlers make Palestinians "pay" for each evacuation of outposts. In the past, the "price" has included arson, shootings, beatings, burning fields, uprooting trees and poisoning water wells belonging to Palestinians.

Harassment and vandalism escalated further following the murder of five residents of Itamar settlement by unknown attackers on March 11. But many of the incidents causing hospitalization occurred before.

Below is a summary of reported settler violence over the past month.

23 February

Villagers say settlers torched two cars in Burin, south of Nablus, and threw a Molotov Cocktail at a home east of the area.

26 February

PA monitor says settlers attempt to burn down a Palestinian home in Burin and torched a car. Israeli forces arrive and send the settlers away.

27 February

Medics say an 11-year-old girl is run over by a settler car at the Beit Ainun junction in Hebron. She is transferred for treatment in Israel.

28 February

Israeli forces dismantle illegal outpost. Israeli government puts through law to demolish six outposts, while legalizing dozens of others.

Settlers block streets in West Bank, clash with Israeli police.

A warning is issued to Palestinians to avoid areas where settlers gather for their own safety.

PA monitor says settlers set fire to a Palestinian home, injuring two children, and attack Palestinian cars around Nablus.

Near Ramallah, clashes erupt in Nabi Salih after Hallamish settlers tried to enter the village, locals said. Residents set fire to rubber tires to stop the settlers entering. Israeli forces intervene and the settlers return to the settlement, officials say.

1 March

In Hebron's Old City, a settler hits a child with his car and flees the scene, witnesses say. The boy is evacuated to the Al-Mizan Hospital in Hebron where medics said his wounds are moderate.

3 March

Settler-supporters block roads, train tracks outside of Jerusalem. West Bank on high alert as Israeli forces fear settler violence after groups announce "day of rage."

Settler youth groups hand out pamphlets to diplomats to "go home" and ""Face the facts! We never will make peace with Palestinian terrorists!

"You are guests in our country! You are standing on the Holy Land! Of the Jewish nation! Do not interfere with the building of our country: The meddling by the American government and by the European Union, is putting your stay at risk!"

4 March

Some 500 olive trees chopped down in the village of Qusra, in the northern West Bank region of Nablus, PA monitor says. Villagers believe residents of the illegal Shvut Rachel are behind the vandalism.

6 March

Hundreds of settlers gather near the central West Bank village of An-Nabi Saleh in the Ramallah district, locals report, adding that villagers set fire to used tires at the village entrance fearing settlers might enter. Israeli forces deploy in the area to intervene.

7 March

Three injured by settler fire in the As-Sawiya village south of Nablus, PA monitor says. Dozens of residents of the illegal Yesh Adam outpost attack the village, according to the report, and open fire. Palestinian ambulances unable to reach the village as settlers block the roads.

At least ten Palestinians and an Israeli settler are wounded when settlers enter the northern West Bank village of Qusra and fire on residents. A 13-year-old boy is shot in his torso and badly injured.

11 March

Shortly before midnight, five members of the Fogel family are killed in their beds in the illegal West Bank settlement of Itamar. Israeli forces blame Palestinian militant groups, though none claim responsibility for the murders.

Among the dead are two children and an infant.

12 March

An unknown number of residents from the village of Awarta are injured as Israeli forces lock down the area under a military curfew that will last five days.

Ambulance crews admitted to the area say they treated at least two for dog bites, several from broken bones following a settler attack, and some say they were beaten by Israeli forces.

Also in the Nablus region, scores of settlers enter the home of one Burin resident and attempt to kidnap two children, residents say.

Local officials blame residents of the illegal Bracha settlement.

In the Nablus region, Huwwara residents are harassed by settlers who attempt to enter village.

South of Hebron, police say settlers threw rocks at a Palestinian Authority civil defense vehicle, smashing the wind screen and injuring the driver.

In the central West Bank village of Beitillu, residents say settlers hand out leaflets threatening residents that their lives are at risk.

13 March

Settler harassment and vandalism are reported in the following villages:

Hebron district: Tel Rumeida, Beit Ummar , Al-Arrub refugee camp.

Central: Nabi Salih

North: Jerusalem Nablus road, Huwwara

Za'tara checkpoint south of Nablus is closed, and the main road between Nablus and Qalqiliya is shut down after dozens of settlers attack Palestinian cars. The Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem closes in both directions for "security reasons," Israeli authorities say.

March 14

Settlers seen setting fire to an agricultural field north of Ramallah, while a mob enters a town east of Qalqiliya and sets fire to civilian vehicles.

In the central West Bank town of Dura Al-Qar’a north of Ramallah, two more vehicles are reported to have been torched.

Masked settlers enter Awarta village, throw bottles, rocks at residents.

15 March

Some 200 settlers from the Kedumim settlement, five kilometers west of Nablus, demonstrate on the main road leading north, hurling stones at passing Palestinian cars. Similar incidents are reported in two other areas of the northern West Bank.

Settlers torch two Palestinian cars just north of Al-Bireh near Ramallah.

South of Hebron, an Israeli settler guns down a Palestinian car on the road near Bani Na'im causing severe damage to the car but no injuries.

17 March

Two Palestinian construction workers are stabbed by masked settlers in the Shilo settlement, en route to work in the area's industrial zone.

Acts of vandalism reported in Nablus district.

18 March

A 35-year-old Huwwara resident is hospitalized in Nablus after being beaten by residents of the Yitzhar settlement, he says.

A taxi driver says settlers stone him near Nablus.

19 March

A man is dragged from his car and beaten by settlers near Nablus. The incident occurs near the Yitzhar settlement. He is hospitalized.

21 March

A 32-year-old from the south Hebron hills is stabbed in the chest while en route to a clinic in Yatta. Witnesses say the perpetrator is a settler from the Havat Ma'on settlement.

Two Palestinians are shot in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, when a settler opens fire on a funeral procession.

22 March

Settlers uproot hundreds of newly planted seedlings and destroy water wells on land belonging to Aqraba villagers in Nablus, agricultural union says.
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