Palestine: Escalating Israeli settler violence in West Bank

6th Jul 2014
By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: The increasing attacks against Palestinians by Israeli settlers continued in the West Bank, Saturday, when heavily armed Israeli settlers severely beat a Palestinian man in the Hebron of al-Sha‘abeh, causing him moderate injuries.
Brtual and even fatal confrontations with Israeli settlers have been on the rise for Palestinians, in recent days, ever since the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were reported to be uncovered near the site of their alleged disappearance.

Medical and security sources told WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency that a number of settlers from the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, east of Hebron, attacked a defenseless 30-year-old Palestinian man, severely wounding him throughout his body.

He was transferred to hospital, and is said to be in moderate condition.

In Ya‘bad, to the southwest of Jenin, Israeli settlers from Mabo Dothan and Harmish, also illegal settlements, invaded the entrance of the city, where they burned tires. They then infiltrated nearby agricultural lands, wrecking havoc there, as well.

Under the protection of Israeli forces, they drove their cars along Ya‘bad and Kfiret junction in a provocative manner, hoisting Israeli flags and chanting racist slogans, according to WAFA.

Forces set up a roadblock at the entrance of Ya‘bad, preventing villagers from travelling in and out of the village.

Also on Saturday, Israeli settlers paved a bypass road on Palestinian-owned land in Taqou‘, east of Bethlehem.

According to the head of the Taqou‘ council, Taysir Abu Mifreh, a number of settlers, also under Israeli army protection, paved the road in order to connect a nature reserve in the area with two nearby illegal settlements.

Meanwhile, settlers began planting on Palestinian land near the outpost of Roman, with the intention of completely taking it over.

Just Friday, Israeli settlers placed mobile homes on locally-owned land adjacent to Roman, to facilitate its expansion.

Also on Friday, to the east of Bethlehem, a Palestinian teenager ‘Ala ‘Abayyat, 17, was run over by an Israeli settler near Kisan village, according to the head of the Kisan Local Council, Hussein Ghazal. The teen was on his way to the grocery store at the time of the incident.

The settler fled the scene and ‘Abayyat’s was taken to the hospital for treatment.

In the village of Osrin, on Thursday, a Palestinian youth named Zeyad Adili, age 22, was admitted to a hospital with injuries nearly leading to the amputation of his leg, after being severely beaten by Israeli settlers, south of Nablus.

The young man’s father told WAFA that his son was attacked by a number of settlers while on his way home.

Fortunately, the doctors were able to save the leg; Zeyad is reported to be in stable condition.

According to B’Tselem, over 300,000 Israelis currently live in more than 200 settlements and settlement outposts throughout the West Bank — all established in contravention of international law, some even in contravention of Israeli law.

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