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Israeli settlers set ablaze Palestinian lands in Nablus-area village

June 29, 2018 3:57 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2018 12:23 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set ablaze large areas of the Beit Furik village mountains east of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Friday.

Munadel Hanani, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Struggle Front, told Ma'an that a group of Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar raided the Beit Furik village, under armed security by Israeli forces, and set fire to the al-Sharariya mountain area southeast of the village.

Hanani added that the damages have yet to be counted but that this act led to the burning of a large number of Palestinian olive trees.

Earlier this year, the Shin Bet, Israel's internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018.

According to the April report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year - more than in the whole of 2017, when the agency recorded only eight attacks -- though Palestinians report the number to be much higher.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

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