Settlers Continue to Harass Palestinians Passing Through Jenin-Nablus Road

JEBNIN, August 2, 2015 (WAFA) –Israeli settlers Sunday continued their acts of harassment and  attacks against Palestinians passing through Jenin-Nablus Road, according to security sources.

Settlers raided the evicted Israeli settlement outpost of Tarsala, which was evicted in 2005, and attacked Palestinians passing through the Jenin-Nablus Road; settlers used anti-Arab words against Palestinians and drove their cars  on the Road in a provocative manner, harassing Palestinians.

Only last Week,  Dozens of extremist settlers gathering near the evicted settlement to the south of Jenin, rioted and committed acts of violence against Palestinians.

On Friday, Settlers set fire to two Palestinian homes in Nablus’ village of Duma, burning toddler Ali Dawabsheh to death, while his Parents and 4-year-old brother sustained third degree burns.

The Arson attack was widely condemned, including by the US, UN, Arab and various other countries, and described as a terror act.

Al-Haq human rights center said, “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.”

In 2013, a report issued by the United Nations International Fact-Finding Mission on Settlements highlighted the failure of the Israeli authorities to enforce the law by investigating such incidents and taking measures against their perpetrators.

“The Fact-Finding Mission came to the ‘clear conclusion that there is institutionalized discrimination against the Palestinian people when it comes to addressing violence,’ said the center.

It added that, “Acts of settler violence are intended, organized, and publicly represented to influence the political decisions of Israeli State authorities,” adding that, “For settlers, some acts of violence facilitate the transfer of Palestinians off their land to make way for the construction of settlements, in the expectation that the Israeli authorities will eventually formally recognize the settlement’s establishment or expansion.”

It said that, “Other acts of settler violence are intended to exert a toll on the Israeli government for any measure that negatively affects settler interests, as a form of retaliation against restrictions on settlement construction or evacuations of settlements.”

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.

According to international humanitarian law, as the occupying power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Israel is charged with ensuring the security and safety of the residents of the OPT. However, Israel has neglected this obligation for decades.

Acts of violence are being committed by Israeli civilians against Palestinians in the West Bank on a daily basis, manifesting in many forms of attacks against people and destruction of their property.

Seven Israeli settler attacks resulting in Palestinian injuries or property damage were recorded by OCHA in a report covering the period 30 June – 6 July 2015.

There are around 341 thousand settlers and 100 settlement outposts in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in area C, under full Israeli control and which constitutes about 60 percent of West Bank land, according to UN statistics.

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.