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11,000 Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians in 2015: Arab League

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo taken on July 31, 2015, shows Palestinians looking at the damage as they stand in a house set on fire by Israeli illegal settlers in the West Bank village of Duma. (AFP)

The Israeli regime’s illegal settlers have committed 11,000 assaults against Palestinian residents and their properties across the occupied West Bank since January 2015, the Arab League says.

In a Sunday statement, the Arab body's secretariat further underlined that the number of attempts by the Israeli settlers to force their way into East Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque compound have surged significantly within the same period, the Middle East Monitor reported Monday.

The Arab League further blamed the Israeli authorities for "providing funds to settlers and extremists to continue their assaults against al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem."

The Israeli violations "run counter to the UN Charter, international law, and international legitimacy resolutions," added the organization, which also blamed the Tel Aviv regime for "the crimes committed by extremist settlers."

Palestinian and foreign activists confront Israeli soldiers on Route 60, mainly used by settlers, north of the West Bank city of Hebron on August 8, 2015 during a protest rally to condemn the firebomb attack on the Dawabsha home last week. (AFP)

On Sunday, settlers hoisted the flag of the Israeli regime outside the gates of the compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), which was captured and annexed by the Israeli occupying forces in 1967.

The statement was released a week after a Palestinian toddler was burnt to death in an arson by Israeli settlers near the West Bank city of Nablus. The child’s father also succumbed to his injuries days later.

The league also urged the UN Security Council and signatories of the UN Charter and Geneva Accords to intervene in the case in a bid to halt the persisting assaults carried out by the settlers.

Palestinians carry the body of Saad Dawabsha, the father of a Palestinian toddler killed last week when their home was firebombed by Jewish extremists, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Duma on August 8, 2015. (AFP)

In recent months, groups of radical settlers – often accompanied by Israeli military forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the al-Aqsa complex. The recurrent violations have enraged Palestinian Muslims and occasionally led to violent confrontations between the local Palestinians and the occupying settlers.

Meanwhile, a United Nations human rights committee concluded its annual evaluation of the situation impacting millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territories, pointing to the Israeli regime’s settlement expansion policy as the key factor in the surging violence in the area.

In a Monday press release, the UN Special Committee, tasked with investigations into Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinians, stated that a series of meetings with civil society groups and Palestinian authorities had revealed that “root cause” of the surging violence in the territories is “the continuing policy of settlement expansion and the climate of impunity relating  to the activities of the [Israeli] settlers.”

The press release went on to underline that over the past weeks tensions between the Israeli settlers and native Palestinians in the occupied territories have been further inflamed after a rash of fatal incidents involving the two sides.

It then cited the most recent case of the baby killing by the settlers in the West Bank village of Duma, where suspected Israeli assailants fire-bombed a Palestinian home, instantly killing an 18-month-old toddler and seriously injuring his father, who later died of his wounds on August 8. The child’s mother also sustained severe injuries and remains in a critical condition.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves, and other properties.


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