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Settlers torch, vandalize Nablus school
Published Wednesday 20/10/2010 (updated) 22/10/2010 23:17
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school in the Nablus districton Wednesday, setting fire to its storehouse containing furniture and unused sports equipment, the headmistress said.

Maysoon Sawalha said the cleaning woman at the school in As-Sawiya village arrived to find the lock on the main door broken as well as that of the storehouse, and all its contents were torched.

The fire did not spread to the rest of school because the water main is located in the storehouse, she said, adding that "otherwise the whole school would have been set on fire."

Settlers wrote racist slogans on the school's walls, including "regards from the hilltops," she added.

"This is not the first attack on the school. Many attacks were carried out previously, the last of which was last year when settlers intercepted one of the classrooms and fired rounds of ammunition and gas canisters," Sawalha said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said a complaint had been filed with Israel's Civil Administration, and the body was in touch with Palestinian Authority officials to "keep things quiet" in the area.

Israeli police, she added, are investigating the incident.

Sawalha called on international organizations to work on stopping such attacks "that put the life of the girls at risk causing them to suffer psychologically."

An Israeli settler leader told Ma'an that there was scant evidence implicating any particular party, and added that tensions were high due to visits by activists helping local Palestinians harvest olives.

"Yes, Jews might have lit the fire, but it also could have been delinquent Arab youth from As-Sawiya or demented provocateurs like [Rabbis for Human Rights director] Arik Ascherman who was seen in the same area yesterday trying to ignite tensions between local Arabs and Jews," said David Ha'ivri, director of the Shomron Liaison Office.

"Every year as the olive harvest arrives the region is overrun with outsiders claiming to be 'peace activists' or 'humanitarian aid givers' who wish to take part in the action and when they find nothing newsworthy going on they volunteer to make things more exciting by initiating violent events," he said in an emailed statement.

On Tuesday, an Israeli rights group reported that 90 percent of claims filed against settlers in the West Bank for assault to person or property against Palestinians fail to secure a conviction.

Responding to that report, Ha'ivri said, "Could it be that 90% of the complaints filed do not lead to conviction of local Jewish residents be due to the fact that there is no evidence to back up those suspicions?"

Wednesday's suspected arson follows a wave of reports from Palestinian farmers that settlers have been setting fire to agricultural land since the beginning of the traditional olive harvest in October.

In early October, Israeli settlers were suspected of setting fire to a Bethlehem village mosque.

Director of PA Ministry of Religious Endowment in Bethlehem Muhammad Ayish at the time described the arson as a "campaign against everything Palestinian."
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1 ) Christopher / USA
20/10/2010 15:32
If the victims of the Holocaust and the Stalinist gulags could know that their children were now the ones waging the pogroms... they would be absolutely horrified.

2 ) betz55 / USA
20/10/2010 18:18
The illegal settler squat terrorists are not only holding entire country hostage over the peace process they are also nothing but criminals, idiots, zionazis, and wanna be 'lights unto the world' with the lowest IQ;s possible.

The Palestinians should go en masse, surrounds these illegal settler squats and start bulldozing their illegal settlements, schools, synogogues and what ever else they can find.

Call it 'occupation price tag'.

These settlers are nothing but common criminals.

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
20/10/2010 20:28
That is the same man in the picture were it shows two men running after flooding some vineyard with sewage water, and probably the same that attack some Palestinians in the same neighborhood, and now that school is vandalized. But, why they like to have their picture taken?. Either it's a challenge or they are stupid. I think its both, because if they get caught by some angry Palestinians their heads will be on platter, with a bottle of a Jewish manischewitz wine stuck in his butt.

4 ) Niva dos Santos / Brazil
21/10/2010 07:04
Where is PlainLiar from USA to defend these nazis-euro-trash-settlers? Maybe occupied writing HIS Mein Kampf...

5 ) Julia / Ireland
21/10/2010 12:25
I have witness the settler youth from Yitzar and Brakah, some of whom were wearing prayer shawls, rampaging over the hills and terrorizing the impoverished palestinian villagers... ... in the name of which religion would teenagers do this? I might add that they are never arrested .. they have the support of the state who financed the settlements.

6 ) ASettler / Israel
21/10/2010 18:42
By way of background since you consider all us Jews to be settlers wherever we live - hence my name. No one is defending this action especially if it was perpetrated by misguided Jewish youth. However labelling us all "nazis-euro-trash-settlers" especially when many of us are or are children of Jews forcibly expelled from Arab countries marks you out as a trashy anti-Semite. By the way the I suggest you look up the definition of a pogrom - which this was not.

7 ) BIG MIKE / US
22/10/2010 15:17
"Leading rabbi encourages IDF soldiers to use Palestinian human shields"

AND THESE PEOPLE CLAIM TO BE THE PEOPLE OF GOD? MAYBE THE GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD BUT NOT THE RIGHTIOUS GOD OF THE BIBLE. HOW COULD CHRISTANS SUPPORT SUCH AND STILL CLAIM TO RETAIN THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DECEPTION THESE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS ARE UNDER. SUPPORT FOR THE ZIONISTS AND THIER STATE LIE IS NOT CHRISTAIN. TRUE CHRISTAINS DO NOT MAKE NOR SUPPORT WAR !!! YOU HAVE BEEN DECIEVED WORLD BY SATAN!!!

8 ) BIG MIKE / US
22/10/2010 17:12
to #6 ) ASettler / Israel You don't want to be identified in the same camp with these terrorist zionists no more than Arabs want to be identified with the armed resistance factions of their race? so why do you continue to do so? quit hiding behind your IDF guns and start crying out to God for a righteous Kingdom rather than this ZIONIST CONTRIVED LIE CALLING IT'S SELF THE ISRAEL OF GOD WHEN IT IS NOT. You are not justified to take the land without MESSIAH AS THE PROPER GOV OF THE HOLY LANDS.

9 ) decan al nabee / lubnan
22/10/2010 19:14
to wake up and see David about to take on Goliat is like reliving the bible times

10 ) mona / lebanon
01/12/2010 21:27
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