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Settlers damage Palestinian property in West Bank, Jerusalem

Nov. 11, 2014 1:45 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 8:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Tuesday as Israeli forces were heavily deployed and clashes broke out across the Palestinian territory, an official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli settlers smashed equipment belonging to three stone crushing plants in the Nablus district.

The factories, located near the Huwwara military checkpoint in southern Nablus, belong to Naji Yousef al-Asmar, Bassam Muhammad Hassan, and Abu al-Abed Tabania, Daghlas said.

In East Jerusalem, right-wing Israeli Jews punctured the tires of several vehicles belonging to Palestinians and sprayed anti-Arab graffiti in Beit Safafa, Israeli media reported.

Rechet Bet's website said five cars' tires were slashed and that graffiti was sprayed on a sidewalk.

Muhammad al-Kahla, one of the Palestinians whose car was damaged, said that Israeli settlers also sprayed "No cars for Arabs" and "No terror attacks."

Al-Kahla said other cars that were targeted belong to the Ibrahim, Khalil, and al-Mukhtar families.

Late Monday, Israeli settlers smashed the windshields of more than 30 Palestinian vehicles during a rally Monday night on the main road south of Nablus in the northern West Bank, Daghlas told Ma'an earlier.

The settler aggression came after two Palestinian attacks killed an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv and a settler near Bethlehem earlier in the day.

Settler attacks against Palestinians and their property are commonplace in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but are rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

There are over 500,000 Israeli settlers living in settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
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