Settlers set fire to Palestinian land near Nablus

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A number of Israeli settlers set fire to several acres of Palestinian agricultural land yesterday on Wednesday, May 10th.

The incident occurred in the village of Burin, which is located in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

According to Ma’an News Agency, an official named Ghassan Daghlas who monitors settlement activity in the West Bank confirmed the reports of settler violence in Burin, adding that many settlers also joined in attacking a Palestinian home belonging to a person named Hami al-Zein.

The settlers proceeded to pelt the house with rocks before attempting to enter it before locals intervened and forced them out of the area.

This type of behavior from Israeli settlers has become commonplace in the West Bank in an attempt to further force Palestinians out of the land they have called home for thousands of years.

In the past month alone, dozens of attacks have been carried out against villages near the illegal Yitzhar settlement, injuring and hospitalizing several Palestinian villagers.

Israeli NGO Yesh Din recently revealed that indictments have been served by Israeli authorities in only 8.2% of cases of settler violence and intimidation against Palestinians.

According to statistics, there are between 500,000 and 600,000 Israeli settlers residing in illegal settlements across East Jerusalem in violation of international law.

Reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have confirmed that there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank since the beginning of 2017.

Since the beginning of the occupation, thousands of acres of land have been confiscated from Palestinian farmers by the State of Israel to make room for settlements. As a result, 20% of the population in the West Bank and between 60 – 80% of Gaza’s population struggles with food insecurity.

80% of the population in Gaza is dependent on international emergency food aid, according to statistics from 2015.

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