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Settlers injure 4 Palestinians with rocks, set fire to land in Nablus

Oct. 14, 2015 7:28 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2015 10:30 A.M.)
An Israeli flag flutters as the children of Jewish settlers wait for the bus in Migron, in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers injured four Palestinians and one foreigner with rocks on Wednesday in the village of Burin in the northern Nablus district, a local official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement threw stones at locals picking olives in the Jabal Suliman area of Burin, injuring four Palestinians and one foreigner.

Abudl-Muhaimen Asaous, 37, as well as a foreign volunteer identified only as David, were both injured with rocks to their heads and taken to Rafidia hospital for medical treatment.

Daghlas said that Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of acres of olive fields in the area connecting Burin and Huwwara.

Earlier this month in Huwwara, Israeli settlers violently assaulted two Palestinians while they were picking olives in a similar incident and injured them. The two need to be transferred to a hospital for treatment after the attack.

During the incident, settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of agricultural land, a spokesperson from Fatah said at the time.

On Oct. 1, suspected Palestinians shot and killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, two settlers who were driving between the illegal settlements of Itamar and Elon More in an area near Huwwara.

Their four children, aged between four months and nine years, were found unharmed in the back of the car.

Following the shooting, hundreds of Israeli settlers rioted across the occupied West Bank, with multiple attacks reported on Palestinian homes and vehicles.

While settler attacks in the area are common, attacks on Palestinian civilians in the area have increased following the shootings.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

Palestinians are therefore left to fend for themselves as few options for their personal security remain.

While Israeli forces will detain a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank for possessing a knife or gun, Israelis living in the same area are legally able to carry such weapons.

Rights groups have criticized Israel for implementing different legal systems for Palestinians and Israeli settlers living in the same area.

Such practices, they say, protect the expansion of settlements while systematically removing the ability for Palestinians to move freely throughout the occupied territory.

(MaanImages)

(MaanImages)

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Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
So the West Bank is occupy as we know. The settlers decide to burn the same land that Israel consider theirs. So the settlers burn their own land. A hell of a brain. While they at they can burn Jerusalem to the ground so they can build their Temple.
14/10/2015 20:44
Mel / UK
Zionist savages are only continuing the Israeli military policy of 'Breaking the Bones'(inflicting crippling, if not fatal, injuries). We shun you, Israel!
15/10/2015 15:00
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