Thursday, July 02
Latest News
  1. Tunisia arrests 8 with 'direct links' to beach massacre
  2. BBC announces it will cut more than 1,000 jobs
  3. Judge: Court overturns death sentences in mob killing of Afghan woman
  4. 'No breakthrough yet' in Iran talks, Britain says
  5. US train with toxic chemicals derails, catches fire
  6. UNESCO chief warns about militant 'culture cleansing'
  7. Kuwait MPs pass $23.2 bn deficit budget on oil slide
  8. Kuwait makes DNA tests mandatory after IS bombing
  9. Fresh push in Iran nuclear talks in Tehran, Vienna
  10. Yemen rebels kill 31 as UN declares highest-level emergency
  11. Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity
  12. Police: 6 killed in Burundi gun battle
  13. 36 soldiers and civilians, 38 militants killed in Egypt's Sinai
  14. Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases
  15. Tunisia identifies all 38 victims of beach massacre, 30 British
  16. Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7
  17. HRW urges Gulf states to follow Kuwait on maid rights
  18. Medics: rebel fire kills 20 civilians in Yemen's Aden
  19. Monitor: Syria Kurds regain control of Tal Abyad after IS attack
  20. NGO: in first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery'

PA: Settler violence 'not random'

Oct. 3, 2011 5:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 5:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian agricultural land are "condoned and supported by the Israeli government," Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib said Sunday.

Over 500 olive trees were burned and uprooted on Saturday night, in settler attacks on villages near Nablus and Hebron, a government statement said.

Khatib said the incidents followed an intensification of violence by Israeli settlers on Palestinians, adding that the Israeli government's "failure to act shows its disregard for applying the rule of law to the settlers.

"There have been no reported cases of Israeli settlers being held accountable for these crimes," Khatib said, listing settler destruction of 3,000 olive trees and grape vines, burning of 83 dunums and flooding of 40 dunums of agricultural land in the West Bank in September.

As Palestinian farmers prepare for the upcoming olive harvest season, "the settlers' season of destruction has begun early," Khatib said.

"These are not random events," he added, accusing the Israeli government of providing settlers with full impunity and army protection while they destroy Palestinian land.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015