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Israeli settlers vandalize children's playground near Nablus

Nov. 20, 2018 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2018 3:06 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized an under-construction children’s playground, on Tuesday, along the Nablus-Jenin road near the Burqa village, west of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Shave Shomron broke into the playground and vandalized it.

Daghlas said that the Israeli settlers destroyed part of a room, which was meant to be a cafeteria, as well as damaged furnishings and recreational equipment.

Daghlas added that Israeli settlers carry out such vandalism, in order to prevent any Palestinian projects from being completed, in attempt to take control of the area entirely.
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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.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem reported that "Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."

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

Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

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