Nablus farmer detained after being attacked by settlers
Published Thursday 17/04/2014 (updated) 19/04/2014 16:14
Israeli settlers from the Givat Ronen outpost hurl stones at
Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank village
of Burin on April 15, 2014.(AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian farmer in Nablus on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to stab a settler after a group assaulted him and cut down his olive trees.
Palestinian security officials told Ma'an that settlers from Maale Levona assaulted Khalid Samih Daraghmah and his son while they were tending their trees south of Nablus near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyah.
Jalal Daraghmah, 19, was brutally beaten during the attack.
The farmers filed a complaint at the Palestinian liaison department, who referred it to the Israeli office.
After reporting the assault, Israeli forces arrested Samih Daraghmah after claiming he had tried to stab one of the settlers.
In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Over 90 percent of investigations into settler violence by Israeli police fail to lead to an indictment.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.