Jewish Settlers Torch Palestinians’ Tree near Nablus

NABLUS, August 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Jewish extremists Sunday set ablaze an orchard near the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus, according to witnesses.

Local Palestinians said as civil defense arrived at the scene, they were attacked by the extremist Jewish settlers who were protected by the Israeli army that fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards an angry crowd of locals. The firing of stun grenades also caused fire to erupt somewhere else near the orchard.

The village is just two kilometers away from Yitzhar, an illegal Israeli settlement that is said to be the heartland of settler extremism. Almost every day, there is an anti-Arab incident carried out by Yitzhar’s extremist settlers, and most of whom are affiliated with the “Hilltop Youth” terror group. These incidents include attacks with stones and Molotov cocktails on Palestinians’ passing vehicles.

Violence by extremist Jewish settlers is commonplace. They have repeatedly attacked Palestinian property and worship places. Settler violence includes property, mosque and churches arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

On July 31, a group of Jewish fanatics killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and seriously injured his entire family, during a predawn arson attack which targeted two homes in the village of Duma, south of Nablus. The baby’s father, Sa’ad Dawabsheh, died of his wounds at an Israeli hospital a week later.

Ali’s mother, Riham sustained third degree burns and his 4-year-old brother Ahmad has severe burns covering up to 60 per cent of his body. They were transferred to several hospitals in the city of Nablus to receive immediate medical care.