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Wave of settler violence weekend before Eid

By Naomi Kundera - August 25, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [settler violence]

Throughout the occupied West Bank, on the Saturday and Sunday before Eid al-Ahda, settlers launched a wave of agricultural and vehicular attacks against Palestinians.
Early morning on Sunday, August 19, settlers attacked a vehicle driving down the Qalqilya-Nablus road with stones, injuring four, according to Wafa.
Settlers were reportedly from Yitzhar settlement, south of Nablus.
Late in the night of the same day, settlers punctured the tires of multiple Palestinian vehicles in the neighborhood of al-Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem.
Racist graffiti was spray painted on walls and various vehicles throughout the neighborhood.  
According to the al-Issawiya Follow Up Committee, the settlers who rampaged the neighborhood were a part of the far-right group known as “Price Tag.”
The group and its various vandalism attacks were initiated in 2008 as a “price tag” for the removal of illegal outposts in the West Bank, and they’ve continuously been on an incline until today.
On Saturday, August 18, settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in Ras Karkar, in the Ramallah governorate.
Spray painted graffiti of racial slurs in the Hebrew language were also found on the walls of a water well on the private Palestinian land that the destroyed trees were a part of.
Dozens more olive trees in Arrabeh, south of Jenin, were also chopped down by settlers the same day.
According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, this wave of attacks is linked to the death of a settler woman in a hit-and-run car accident that took place last Thursday.
Near the Havat Gilad settlement, a settler woman in her 40s sustained injuries from the car accident until paramedics arrived, who eventually had to pronounce her dead on the scene after revilitization efforts failed.
The hit-and-run perpetrator was a 60-year-old Palestinian taxi driver, who later turned himself in to authorities insisting that it was an accident and that he fled out of fear.
Settler attacks on Palestinian homes in the villages of Jaloud and Asira al-Qiblia since Thursday have also been reported.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in June of this year that settler violence has been on the rise.
In the first four months of 2018 alone, OCHA documented 84 incidents of Israeli settler violence that resulted in 27 Palestinian casualties and 57 cases of damages to Palestinian property.
This is the highest monthly average recorded since 2014, representing a 50 percent increase from 2017 and a 164 percent increase from 2016.
The Nablus governorate is consistently the highest targeted area.

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