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Settlers attack vehicles, torch fields near Nablus
Published Tuesday 07/05/2013 (updated) 08/05/2013 16:10
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers damaged dozens of Palestinian vehicles and set fire to agricultural land in the northern West Bank late Monday, a PA official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that dozens of settlers gathered near Tappuah checkpoint south of Nablus and threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, completely destroying two cars and damaging dozens more.

Earlier, settlers set fire to agricultural fields in the village of Burin, damaging 20,000 dunams of olive and fruit trees, Daghlas added.

Tensions were high in the northern West Bank last week after a settler was fatally stabbed near Nablus.

Settlers started over 50 fires and attacked Palestinians and their property in the Nablus and Tulkarem areas following the attack. They also attacked a mosque and two buses carrying school children.

Settler violence against Palestinian communities and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank, with settlers enjoying widespread impunity for their crimes.

Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.
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1 ) Julie / USA
07/05/2013 18:50
these hideous criminal thugs aren't settlers, they are TERRORISTS!

2 ) Cari / USA
07/05/2013 19:12
I am so ashamed of these people who are Jews and (supposedly) have been raised with the same Jewish values with I was raised and by which I raised my children. They are no better than any street gang or, for that matter, terrorist group. With all their study of Torah, how have they possibly not evolved? Or are they, like other fundamentalist groups, subverting the Bible to suit their purposes? What about the biblical admonition against destroying trees - even in battle? My heart is broken.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/05/2013 10:07
To Julie #1: 'these hideous criminal thugs aren't settlers, they are TERRORISTS!' Actually, they remind me more of some kind of ideological zombie. Think about it: ever seen any sign of frontal lobe brain function?
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