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Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian property in Ramallah-area village

July 30, 2018 1:02 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 1:55 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized Palestinian property in the village of al-Mughayyir in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Monday.

Al-Mughayyir Mayor Amin Abu Alia said that Israeli settlers stormed the village on predawn Monday, slashed tires of eight Palestinian-owned vehicles and sprayed racist, anti-Palestinian graffiti on the walls of Palestinian homes.

Alia pointed out that Israeli settlers harass the residents, attack Palestinian farmers and livestock herders in the village and steal water tanks on a daily basis.

Israeli forces have been setting up military checkpoints at the entrances of the village recently which has made it difficult for residents to move freely entering or exiting the village.

Alia mentioned that Israeli forces pressure the residents of al-Mughayyir to hand over individuals that are allegedly wanted for investigation or to be detained by Israel.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a "culture of impunity" for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

According to a report from Israeli NGO B'Tselem in April 2018 alone, 14 Israeli settler assaults were documented across the occupied West Bank.

B'Tselem said that "Israel both enables this reality by its deliberate lack of law enforcement and by sending soldiers to guard settlers who attack Palestinians and even help them and reaps its benefit. Under its policy, no house, no car, no field is safe, and settlers can do as they please without suffering any consequences. Living in constant fear of what is to come is an inherent part of daily life under the occupation."

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