Settlers Block Nablus-Jenin Street, Attack Palestinian Vehicles

JENIN, November 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Saturday blocked the Nablus-Jenin Main Street near the illegal evicted Israeli settlement outpost of Tarsala to the south of Jenin, attacking passing Palestinian vehicles with stones.

WAFA correspondent said that a number of settlers, backed with Israeli army soldiers, set up a checkpoint at the aforementioned street and attacked passing Palestinian registered cars with stones.

Settlers have stepped up their violent attacks against Palestinians and their properties during the past two months, amid growing tension and renewing clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army and police.

Clashes have been witnessed across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as in Arab communities inside the occupied 1948 land, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults against al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Israel has been enforcing a temporal division on the compound, the third holiest place in Islam, which ignited strong feelings of anger among Palestinians.

A report published by the Israeli human rights organization of Yesh Din stated that Israeli settlers enjoy widespread impunity for their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

“The IDF and police are neither prepared nor willing to provide the necessary protection to Palestinians attacked by violent settlers.” Settlers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, often tend to target Palestinians and their properties in the area for the benefit of expanding nearby illegal settlements.”

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.

Al‐Haq human right organization stated that, “Attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank against members of the Palestinian population and their property are an extensive, long‐term, and worsening phenomenon.”