In another cost-effective attack, Israeli settlers set fire to 4 Palestinian cars in the West Bank

In yet another act of provocation, extremist Israeli settlers set fire to at least four vehicles belonging to Palestinians and damaged several others in two separate attacks in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing witnesses on Monday, reported that settlers snuck into the northern West Bank village of Jalud, south of Nablus, and threw sharp objects at parked cars and set fire to at least four of them

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israeli violations in the area, said settlers from the nearby Adei Ad outpost were behind the latest attack.

This came hours after a group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers closed a checkpoint near the village of Shufa southeast of Tulkarem and banned Palestinian vehicles from entering the area.

Separately, Israeli settlers forced their way into the town of Turmus Aya, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Monday, where they threw stones and vandalized Palestinian vehicles, Palestinian media reported. noted.

They also slashed the tires of several vehicles and sprayed anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab graffiti on the exterior walls of nearby houses.

Acts of violence and vandalism, known as cost price attacks, committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property have increased in recent years.

Various attacks on Palestinian property, including arson and graffiti, have become commonplace throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank.

However, Israeli authorities rarely prosecute Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their property and the vast majority of cases are closed due to the police’s willful failure to properly investigate.

Last year, the United Nations warned of an upsurge in Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, mainly in the areas of al-Khalil, al-Quds, Nablus and Ramallah.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has time and again condemned in the strongest terms the cost price attacks by Israeli settlers on places of worship, worshipers and other sites. He called on the international community and relevant international bodies to oppose these serious violations of international law, human rights principles and civil liberties, the main one being freedom of worship.

EU calls for protection of Palestinians and prevention of ‘violence’ following settler attacks

Meanwhile, the European Union has called for the protection of Palestinians and the prevention of “violence” following the recent spate of settler attacks on Palestinians and their property.

“Last night, Israeli settlers injured several Palestinians, burned cars and damaged commercial structures in different parts of the West Bank. Growing levels of settler violence only fuel new tensions,” said the Delegation of the European Union to the Palestinians tweeted Monday.

“Palestinians must be protected in accordance with Israel’s obligations under international law. It is now imperative to prevent further violence ahead of Ramadan, Passover and Easter which coincide in April,” he added.

The EU delegation made the remarks following attacks by settlers, including the vandalism of Palestinian vehicles in the town of Turmus Aya, in the Ramallah district, and the burning of other vehicles in the village of Jalud, in the Nablus district.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and eastern al-Quds.

The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

The Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of a future independent Palestinian state with eastern al-Quds as its capital.

Richard L. Militello