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Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles in Nablus

Sept. 3, 2018 5:33 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 11:56 A.M.)
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized Palestinian vehicles in the Beita village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, on Monday.

Locals said that Israeli settlers raided the village overnight and punctured the tires of several Palestinian vehicles.

Israeli settlers also spray-painted Hebrew-language racist slogans on the walls of surrounding buildings.

On Sunday, the Israeli Civil Administration delivered a notice regarding the uprooting of about 70 Palestinian-owned olive trees in the Jordan Valley area. On Saturday, Israeli settlers had uprooted and damaged 20 olive trees in a Nablus-area village.

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.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
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