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Israeli settlers call for killing Palestinian bus drivers in occupied West Bank

Graffiti reading "kill Arab drivers" is spray-painted on a wall in the illegal Modiin Illit settlement, occupied West Bank, on January 21, 2021. (Photo the online newspaper The Times of Israel)

Israeli settlers have called for the murder of Palestinian bus drivers in 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.

The Israeli extremists sprayed the racist graffiti of “Kill Arab drivers” in Modi'in Illit settlement, situated midway between Jerusalem al-Quds and Tel Aviv, early on Thursday.

Other graffiti found in the West Bank city warned “the damage won’t stop” until Israeli Kavim bus company stops employing Arabs. The word “revenge” was also spray-painted on the back of a bus. 

“The writing on the wall is clearer than ever. The day isn’t far in which drivers will be harmed and it doesn’t matter what sector they’re from,” Kavim said in a statement.

Separately, coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committee in the mountains of southern al-Khalil, Fouad al-Amour, said a group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family and forced them out of a cave, which they were using as a residence in the village of Khirbet al-Tawamin.

Amour said the extremists attacked Barakat Morr and his family of seven as Israeli military forces participated in the assault as well.

Palestinian PM condemns 'organized settler terrorism'

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Thursday denounced the uptick in Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, and described them as organized terrorism.

Shtayyeh said the Israeli settlers have attacked and injured many Palestinians, including women and children, after hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at their homes and cars in several parts of the West Bank.

He called on the new administration of US President Joe Biden to intervene and put an end to the crimes, saying the policies of former President Donald Trump have led to an upsurge in the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlements construction and expansion activities as well as settler attacks against Palestinians and their property.

The Palestinian prime minister also expressed hope that the Biden administration would implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 concerning Israel's illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territory, and oblige Israel, as the occupying regime, to abide by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Shtayyeh also called on the United Nations to take promising measures regarding protection of Palestinians and stoppage of price tag attacks.

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, acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the occupied West Bank.

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