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Israeli settlers throw rocks at Palestinian vehicles in northern West Bank

July 16, 2016 1:02 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2016 7:36 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers Friday evening reportedly threw rocks at Palestinian cars on the Wadi Qana road which runs between the occupied West Bank districts of Qalqiliya and Salfit, according to local witnesses.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli settlers threw rocks at a group of Palestinian cars that were returning from a wedding, causing damage to a bus from the Salfit Bus Company and breaking the windshield of a car belonging to Ali Taha from the village of Bidya in Salfit.

While Israeli settlers routinely throw stones and harass Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, they are rarely reprimanded for it.

Palestinian stone-throwers, in stark contrast, face harsh penalties by Israeli authorities, including up to 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at vehicles and a minimum prison sentence of three years for throwing a stone at an Israeli.

Israel detains hundreds of Palestinians for alleged stone-throwing every year, and Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported that from 2005 to 2010, "93 percent of the minors convicted of stone throwing were given a prison sentence, its length ranging from a few days to 20 months."

Settler attacks on Palestinians seldom result in any actions being taken by Israeli authorities. According to UN documentation, there were a total of 221 reported settler attacks on Palestinians in 2015, with 60 attacks reported since the start of 2016.
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