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Israeli settlers torch vehicle, attack Palestinians near Nablus

Nov. 14, 2018 3:06 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 15, 2018 11:45 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set a Palestinian-owned vehicle on fire in the Urif village, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Wednesday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar stormed the Urif village and torched a Palestinian vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle was identified as Mahmoud Shihadeh.

Israeli settlers also spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans on the neighborhood walls.

Meanwhile, Daghlas also confirmed that Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles passing by on the main Jenin-Nablus road, in the northern West Bank.

Daghlas pointed out that Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron, hurled rocks at Palestinian vehicles passing by, causing material damages to a number of vehicles.

No injuries were reported.

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

Better 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.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that Israeli settlers' vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.

B'Tselem said that "Israel benefits from the repercussions, as settler violence has gradually dispossessed Palestinians of more and more areas in the West Bank, paving the way for a state takeover of land and resources. This occurs because Palestinians avoid entering areas in which they have been attacked, usually close to settlements."

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