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PLO: Settler violence on rise
Published Friday 05/11/2010 (updated) 06/11/2010 13:37
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A Palestinian and an Israeli soldier check the damage inside a classroom at the
Alsawya Girls School in the West Bank Village of Sawya near Nablus, after settlers
torched the building on 20 October 2010. [MaanImages/Rami Swidan]
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- A PLO report on settler violence said Friday that a sharp increase in assaults on Palestinians and vandalism of property was recorded for October.

According to the report, Palestinians in the West Bank reported a total of 277 cases of settler violence from August through October 2010, with a sharp increase in incidents in the last weeks of October.

"While Israeli settler violence against Palestinians is a daily occurrence in the occupied Palestinian territory, the past three months have seen a steady increase in settler violence against Palestinian civilians and property to coincide with the annual olive harvest," the report said.

The report was released a week after four Israeli rights groups sent a letter to Israeli military officials in the West Bank, including Central Command Chief General Avi Mizrahi and commander of Israeli military forces in the West Bank Brigadier Nitzan Alon. The letter detailed the settler assaults of Palestinians harvesting olives, and outlined expectations for halting the abuses.

The PLO report also noted the prevalence of weapons amongst settlers, adding that private weapons were frequently used against Palestinians during confrontations.
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1 ) Plain / Truth
05/11/2010 15:40
Why is there
- a "prevalence of weapons amongst settlers", &
- a security gate at the entrance to most Jewish towns ??

Why are these things part of every-day Jewish lives, but NOT Arab lives ??

Answer: Because decades of Arab terror made & make them necessary,
for Jews, just to live, while Jews did & do NOT routinely murder Arabs !!

Palestinians have only themselves & their actions to blame,
for weapons being in Jewish hands during confrontations !!


2 ) Jonas / Germany
05/11/2010 21:42
Oh come on, please! Even you have to recognize that it is not right any way to settle on someone else's land.

3 ) Maureen / Australia
05/11/2010 21:47
1) Plain/fabrication. How many Israeli squatters are IDF members and former members? How many Israeli squatters are dealing in illegal weapons? Reference: Haaretz 21.10.2010 "2 IDF soldiers arrested for allegedly trading stolen weapons" Haaretz 24.10.2010 "IDF collects army-issued weapons from Jordan Valley residents in wake of rifle thefts."

4 ) southparkbear / usa
06/11/2010 08:52
it looks very calm to me. Am I missing something? bobulation growth in the WB is high, GDP grew by NINE%, are those violent changes?

5 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
06/11/2010 17:27
Maureen - Wake UP !
Australian police arrested arm dealer Taha Abdul Rahman, 28, for the theft of seven rocket launchers from Australia's military, with the intention of selling them to an underworld figure according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The police have been able to secure one of the launchers and another was seized in a raid on the suspect's home but five are unaccounted for. “The arrest has caused Australia to institute an audit of military stockpiles in the country.”

6 ) Maureen / Australia
10/11/2010 20:40
5) Ben Jabo, how does the Australian theft of weapons exonerate IDF thieves in Israel? Seeing as deflection is the name of your game, here's one for you; "FBI investigators on Tuesday arrested 17 people in New York in connection with a $42.5 million organized fraud against a compensation fund for Holocaust victims." Haaretz 9.11.2010.
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