Israel: Israeli settlers torch Palestinian school in Galilee

25th Jan 2016
Israel: Israeli settlers torch Palestinian school in Galilee

[Photo: A group of Israeli settlers, on Saturday night, set fire to a Palestinian school in Tuba village of the Galilee area in Israel. Photograph: PNN]

IMEMC News & Agencies: A group of Israeli settlers, on Saturday night, set fire to a Palestinian school in Tuba village of the Galilee area, inside the 1948 lands.

Locals said, according to the PNN, that the fire escalated at around 11 PM, when the firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the fire.

Israeli media said that the school was burned by the “Pay The Price” Israeli group which is accused of numerous fatal arson attacks on Palestinian families, churches, mosques and schools.

Three days ago, the same group was suspected of vandalizing the house of an Israeli atheist leader with slogans from the old testament on the doors and walls. The threats also included a letter and a knife planted by the entrance of the house.

Last Sunday, as well, the group sprayed slogans, calling for the slaughter of Christians, on the walls of an old monastery in Jerusalem. In July, they torched the home of the Dawabsha family overnight, in Douma village near Nablus, killing 11-month-old baby Ali Dawabsha and both his parents. Only one member of the family survived, Ahmad Dawabsha (4), and he is still recovering in the ICU.

They are also suspected in the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir (16), whom they abducted and burned alive in July of 2014.

According to Reuters, there have been more than 43 similar attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israeli-occupied land, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009, and the number has been rising sharply since last year.

Israeli authorities repeatedly claim to start an investigation, but most often fail to hold the terrorists accountable for their crimes, as in the Dawabsha case, where Israel said that the evidence against the Jewish suspects was “not enough” to try them.

A report by the Israeli Yesh Din Human-Rights group found that, in the past five years, only 3 percent of the criminal investigations launched by the Military Police Criminal Investigations Division, into alleged offenses by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians, resulted in the indictment of suspects.

The report said that “Israeli police closed 85.3 percent of investigations due to the failure to locate suspects or find sufficient evidence to indict suspects; only 1.9 percent of Palestinian complaints against Israeli civilian/settler attacks resulted in a conviction, and 7.4 percent of investigations generated indictments against suspects.”

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