Jewish settlers on Monday attacked Palestinian commuters in the town of al-Bireh, near Ramallah, under heavy protection from Israeli forces, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Eyewitnesses said Jewish settlers stoned Palestinian vehicles near the illegal Beit El settlement, damaging some and causing panic among commuters.
A crowd of Israeli settlers blocked a road leading to Ramallah in the district of al Bireh this morning, throwing stones at Palestinian cars with stones. Unlike the Palestinians who throw stones, the settlers have the full weight of the Israeli police, the army and the settler state behind them. pic.twitter.com/uli3z2xUKw
– Good Shepherd Collective (@ Shepherds4Good) January 10, 2022
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is common in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
“The violence of the Jewish settlers should not be analyzed separately from the violence inflicted by the Israeli military, but seen in the larger context of the violent Zionist ideology which fully governs Israeli society,” the Palestinian author wrote and editor-in-chief of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud.
– The Palestinian Chronicle (@PalestineChron) January 10, 2022
“Settler violence has long been part of the daily life of Palestinians under occupation,” according to Human Rights Group B’tselem. “The Israeli security forces allow these actions, which result in Palestinian losses – injuries and deaths – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks ”.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in exclusively Jewish settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, in violation of international law.
(The Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social networks)