Settlers Assault Palestinians and their Property in West Bank, Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM, December 10, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Wednesday launched several assaults against Palestinians and their property across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Settlers attacked a number of Palestinian workers, while they were present at the eastern entrance of the village of Marah Rabah, to the south of Bethlehem, on their way to their work place in a nearby marble and stone factory, reported the village’s mayor, Ahmad Sheikh.

He said the workers escaped the attack attempt as settlers chased them down in nearby olive fields.

Sheikh said settlers’ assaults have increased during the recent months, adding that such assaults are in most cases protected by the Israeli army.

In the meantime, settlers set fire to a fodder factory in the village of Beita, to the south of Nablus, causing partial damages, according to Gassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, settlers broke into the neighborhood of Silwan and set fire to a Palestinian owned car, completely burning it, before promptly fleeing the scene.

Witnesses said that a few minutes later, an Israeli police unit arrived and registered the incident against an unknown party, despite the presence of many surveillance cameras in the area.

Earlier last night, two Jewish extremists attacked a Palestinian bus driver in the city. Police sources said the two settlers were riding a motorbike when they attempted to collide with the bus, hitting it from the side with the aim to cause it to crash, and when failed they proceeded with pelting  stones at the bus, smashing parts of its glass.

Settlers’ attacks against Palestinian targets have been on the rise recently. Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements are illegal under international law, yet their numbers have significantly increased due to nonstop Israeli settlement expansion despite of worldwide international condemnations.