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Israeli settlers vandalize electricity tower in Kafr Qaddum

Sept. 2, 2015 10:58 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2015 8:46 P.M.)
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QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Wednesday vandalized the main transmission tower providing electricity to the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, causing a power outage across the village for several hours, locals said.

Murad Ishtewi, a local popular committee spokesman, told Ma'an that this was the second time settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Qedumim had caused a power outage in the village.

He added that the settlers may have carried out the action in response to the protest Kafr Qaddum stages each week.

Hamza Jumaa, head of the village council, said that Israeli soldiers, as well as Qedumim settlement's security guards, prevented an electrical technician from reaching the transmission tower to repair the damage for several hours.

Settler violence has come under international scrutiny after an arson attack carried out by settlers last month in southern Nablus killed an 18-month-old infant and his father.

Following the attack, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said that the deadly attack has been "only a matter of time," pointing to a culture of impunity for Israeli settlers.

Kafr Qaddum has lost large swathes of its land to Israeli settlements, outposts and the separation wall, all illegal under international law.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, more than 10 percent of the village's land has been confiscated for the establishment of the settlements alone -- Qedumim, Qedumim Zefon, Jit, and Givat HaMerkaziz.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum stage regular protests, including its weekly Friday march, to protest land confiscations as well as the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces.

The road, which has been closed 13 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

Israeli forces regularly use violent means to suppress the protests.
Comments
Olga / N.J.
If this goes on what chance is there for both sides. Remember what it says in Deuteronomy in the waning days of the yr. every year. So what sense does it make to go against it all all yr? Logic? Think about it.
03/09/2015 08:20
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