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Official: Settler tries to stab Palestinian
Published Wednesday 04/05/2011 (updated) 04/05/2011 14:28
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Farmers blamed settlers in the northern West Bank for the attack.
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- An Israeli settler tried Tuesday to stab Palestinians near Qaryot village south of Nablus, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Doughlas, a Fatah official charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said a settler from “Alia” attacked a farmer and tried to stab him even though he had a permit to be on the farmland.

Doughlas said Radi Farhan Ahmad Issa, 45, fled but the settler slashed tires on Issa's tractor.

The Israeli army, meanwhile, closed the nearby Huwara checkpoint and posted other blocks at the entrance of a number of villages, Doughlas said. They were preparing for a settler demonstration, he said.

The night before, soldiers closed the village of An-Nabi Saleh, shutting down entrances with road blocks and restricting movement of residents, witnesses said.

Israeli troops were deployed throughout the village for unknown reasons, leading to clashes with teenagers, witnesses said.

Military jeeps remained stationed at the entrances to the village well into Tuesday morning, local residents told Ma'an, saying they feared several pending home demolition orders were about to be executed.

An-Nabi Saleh's popular resistance committee, which organizes a weekly protest against continued land confiscations from the nearby settlement of Hallamish, called the overnight raid "collective punishment."

The raids amounted to attempts to weaken the resolve of the villagers, who continue to demand access to lands confiscated by illegal settlements, the locals said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said there was no military activity in the area overnight.
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1 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
04/05/2011 01:39
The report does not say if there was any possible, justifiable motive by the Israeli settler (like an unprovoked, Palestinian attack). I assume there was none. If so, the settler must be IMMEDIATELY ARRESTED, PROSECUTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER and DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY and PUNISHED, equal to what a Palestinian terrorist would get. If there were no mitigating factors, it WAS an attempted-DEADLY, TERRORIST attack. Even if the farmer did NOT have a permit, the settler would have been wrong.

2 ) 3akroot / Palestine
04/05/2011 12:09
The lawless "SQUATTERS", AKA settlers should be eradicated entirely from the WB. Allowing these heathens to roam free and behave like wild animals around Palestinian villages and land is trespassing and should be arrested by the PA.

3 ) Frank Tromp / The Netherlands
04/05/2011 16:45
This is the daily terror of settlers on the West Bank. Every day it is going on, the stealing and dealing of land and property. They have no dignity. They pretend to do such things because of their religion. What kind of religion is this? It is mere inhumanity!
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