Monday, July 18, 2011

OCHA: Israeli settler-related attacks up by 57% this year

PressTV - Israeli settler-related incidents up by 57%:

Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:25PM
Hanna Qassis, Press TV, Ramallah

"Israeli Settler-related incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries and damage to property are up by 57 percent this year, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which documents violence in the Palestinian territories.

According to Palestinian officials, so far this year, over 170 Palestinians have been injured by settler violence, and hundreds of olive trees, the only source of income to many Palestinian farmers, where either uprooted or burned by extremist settlers.
Israeli occupation forces often assist settlers during their skirmishes with the Palestinians, and do not hesitate to intervene on the side of the Israeli settlers.
The expansionist policies of the occupation are not limited to their armed forces, since the settlers have been the trailblazers at setting up illegal outposts on stolen Palestinian lands in the West Bank, particularly in the area surrounding the Palestinian city Nablus.
Israeli Settlers not only pave the way for Israeli expansion by setting up illegal outposts on Palestinians hills, but also terrorize the indigenous population through physical violence and the razing of Palestinian lands in the process.

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