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Israeli settlers raze Palestinian lands for settler-only road

May 6, 2019 12:23 P.M. (Updated: May 7, 2019 10:14 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A number of bulldozers, belonging to Israeli settlers, razed and leveled Palestinian-owned agricultural lands, on Monday, in Madama village, south 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 bulldozers belonging to Israeli settlers started to raze and level Palestinian lands, in order to pave a settler-only road in the area.

Daghlas added that the Israeli settlers were from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar and that the settler-only road would enable Israeli settlers to reach spring water in the area.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that Israeli settlers' vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.

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.

Over 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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