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Israeli settlers torch classroom in West Bank village in new price tag attack

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)
Palestinian schoolchildren inspect the damage in the aftermath of an arson attack that targeted a classroom in the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, located 12 kilometers (7 miles) south of Nablus, on January 28, 2020. (Photo by Palestinian Wafa news agency)

A group of Israeli settlers have torched a classroom in the southern sector of the occupied West Bank as they press ahead with their acts of vandalism and violence, known as price tag attacks, against Palestinians and their property as well as Muslim holy sites.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring Israel's settlement expansion activities, told Palestine's official WAFA news agency that Israeli settlers entered the village of Einabus, located 12 kilometers (7 miles) south of Nablus, on Tuesday, smashed a window of a classroom in a local boy’s elementary school, and hurled flammable materials inside before setting the classroom on fire.

The settler also sprayed anti-Palestinian graffiti in Hebrew on the school's walls.

Daghlas noted that the assailants come from Yitzhar settlement, which lies south of the city of Nablus.

A Palestinian man looks at anti-Palestinian graffiti written in Hebrew on the wall of a school targeted by a group of extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank village of Einabus, located 12 kilometers (7 miles) south of Nablus, on January 28, 2020. (Photo by Palestinian Wafa news agency)

The incident came less than a week after the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned a recent attack by a group of extremist Israeli settlers on a mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds, calling on the international community to take effective measures aimed at stopping such desecration of places of worship in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement that the arson attack against the mosque in Beit Safafa town, located 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles) southwest of Jerusalem al-Quds, besides assaults on other Christian and Muslim places of worship reflects the nature of the Zionist regime’s politics and attitudes, and its intentions to accommodate settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The statement added that extremist Israelis follow a dark ideology based on racism, hatred, violence and religious intolerance towards others, and the school of thought seeks to create an atmosphere that deters others and denies their presence in the occupied Palestine.

Early on January 24, a group of extremist Israeli settlers torched al-Badriya Mosque southwest of Jerusalem al-Quds, and sprayed racist anti-Arab graffiti on its walls.       

Back in July 2015, a large fire broke out after settlers threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails into two Palestinian houses in the West Bank town of Duma, setting them ablaze while their inhabitants were asleep.

The arson attack killed 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabsheh, and critically wounded his father and mother, Sa’ad and Riham, who later succumbed to their injuries. Ali’s four-year-old brother, Ahmad, who was also wounded in the assault, remained the sole survivor of the ill-fated family.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

According to human rights groups, incidents of sabotage and violence by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the West Bank.

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