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Palestine: “Settler” rampage continues on Al Aqsa, villages, land and citizens

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Jewish settlers storm Aqsa, Israeli forces block entry of Palestinians

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces blocked the entry of Palestinians studying the Quran from entering the Aqsa mosque on Tuesday but allowed Jewish settlers free access.

The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage (AFEH) said that 20 Jewish settlers stormed the holy site under tightened Israeli protection.

Tension and anger are prevailing in the Aqsa mosque as a result, AFEH said, adding that only few dozens of Palestinian worshipers and students, who managed to enter, are in the holy site.

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Jewish settlers torch vast tracts of cultivated land near Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers set on fire vast tracts of Palestinian cultivated land lots in Burin village, near Nablus, on Monday night.

Palestinian activists in the village told Quds Press on Tuesday that groups of settlers from Yitzhar settlement attacked their village land and started fire in it.

They added that the settlers destroyed a number of fruitful trees in the village land, which is south of Nablus.

The activists said that the settlers were marking one week since one of them was killed at the Zatara roadblock near the village.

They said that the settlers hoisted photos of the killed settler and chanted anti-Arab slogans such as “Death to the Arabs” and threw stones at passing Arab cars.

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Jewish settler stabs Jerusalemite

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A Jewish settler stabbed a Palestinian taxi driver south of occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday morning.

The Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri affirmed the stabbing incident, adding that the settler fled the scene.

She said that the driver was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital where his injuries were described as moderate.

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Jewish settlers toss firebombs at Palestinian village homes

NABLUS, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Jalloud village, south of Nablus, on Sunday night and tossed Molotov cocktails at citizens’ homes.

Bashar Qaryuti, an anti-settlement activist, said on Monday that the settlers were trying to set houses in the eastern flank of the village on fire.

He said that inhabitants and civilian guards confronted the settlers and forced them to retreat.

He said that an Israeli army unit arrived to the scene and protected the settlers until they withdrew from the village.

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Settlers’ attacks continue in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli settlers have damaged on Monday vineyards belonging to Palestinian residents in Beit Ummar north of al-Khalil.

A group of settlers from Karme Tzur settlement to the south of the al-Khalil district town of Beit Ummar sprayed toxic substances on the town’s vineyards. Numerous vines were damaged, local sources confirmed to the PIC.

It should be noted that the vineyards of Beit Ummar have been subject to such attacks several times in an attempt to annex the area to Karme Tzur.

Meanwhile, the IOF continued to close the iron gate of the Israeli barrier in the industrial area south of al-Khalil for the fourth consecutive day.

Local sources confirmed that the Israeli soldier deployed in the area detained Palestinian vehicles for long hours and checked the drivers’ identities before allowing them to pass to Yatta town or forcing them to return.

The IOF closed the barrier following the killing of an Israeli armed settler south of Nablus 4 days ago.

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Israeli settlers establish new settlement outpost

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) allowed Israeli settlers to renovate an Israeli military abandoned base in Gush Etzion built on Palestinian lands in Bethlehem as a prelude to establish a new outpost, Hebrew media sources revealed.

The abandoned military base, located on a hilltop about half a kilometer from the Palestinian village of Beit Sahur in the Bethlehem district, was an army base during the British Mandate period. The base was transferred to Jordanian control and later to the IOF during the Palestinian second upraising before being abandoned in 2006, the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz stated on Monday.

The newspaper pointed out that the Palestinians sought to build a hospital on the base after being abandoned, but the Israeli settlers intervened to confiscate it in order to set up a new settlement.

After settlers’ continued pressures since 2010, Israeli officials have allowed settlers to renovate buildings on the abandoned West Bank army base, Haaretz added.

The settlers have started renovating the buildings, while the Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinians from accessing to the site.

The base was abandoned several years ago which means that the Israeli army is no longer in need for it, however what has happened recently confirms that the Israeli army only serves settlers’ interests, the newspaper quoted a settlement expert in the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din as saying.

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