A Palestinian man has died after being severely beaten by a group of extremist Jewish settlers at a settlement in the central part of the occupied West Bank, amid acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians as well as Muslim holy sites.
Palestinian news outlets reported that the man, identified as 37-year-old Abdel-Fattah Obeyyat, was found dead at Har Gilo settlement, located two kilometers (1.24 miles) west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday night.
Fathi Obeyyat, the Palestinian man’s brother, said the victim was working in the field of construction along with their brother and their second cousin in an apartment inside the settlement.
“My brother was alone after Abdel-Fattah finished his work and waved goodbye. They later tried to contact him, but he did not answer his phone. After several attempts, they finally informed the Israeli police who did not know anything about him.
“We, therefore, had no option but to return to the settlement and his workplace. We were shocked to find Abdel-Fattah tied and bludgeoned to death with a noose around his neck,” Fathi said.
The Palestinian man added that Israeli police forces and ambulances then showed up, and interrogated family members at the scene.
“My brother's body was taken away, and it is still being held. The Israeli police are refusing to clarify the circumstances surrounding the death and those responsible for the criminal act, especially as a number of security cameras are installed in the area,” he noted.
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.
Over 100 Israeli settlers storm Aqsa Mosque under police protection
Moreover, scores of Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds under the strict protection of the regime’s security forces.
The Department of Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem al-Quds said in a statement that 107 Israeli settlers had stormed the compound from the Moroccan Gate (Bab al-Magharib) on Thursday morning.
The settlers began their provocative tour of the compound under the full protection of Israeli soldiers. They converged on the eastern flank of the mosque and performed Talmudic rituals.
Hard-line Israeli legislators and extremist settlers regularly violate the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds – a provocative move that infuriates Palestinians.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to an agreement signed between the Israeli regime and the Jordanian government after Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship at the compound is prohibited.
Palestinians want the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of their future sovereign state.
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