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Extremist Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinians’ cars in West Bank in latest act of vandalism

This file photo shows Israeli settlers hurling rocks at Palestinian vehicles in an undisclosed location in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Palestinian Information Center)

A group of extremist Israeli settlers have attacked vehicles of Palestinians traveling on the road between the occupied West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus, as they press ahead with their acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their property.

Palestine's official Wafa news agency, citing eyewitnesses, reported on Monday that the settlers blocked the road near the town of Silat ad-Dhahr, located 22 kilometers southwest of Jenin, and hurled stones at passing Palestinian vehicles.

The latest stone-throwing assault took place under heavy military protection by Israeli security forces, the eyewitnesses added.

Incidents of sabotage and settler violence by extremist Israelis against Palestinians and their property have become a daily occurrence throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank.

However, Israeli authorities rarely prosecute the Israeli settler assaults on Palestinians and their property and the vast majority of the files are closed due to deliberate police failure to investigate properly.

Settler violence includes property and mosque arson attacks, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

The acts of violence and vandalism, known as price tag attacks, committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property have risen in recent years.

The United Nations has already warned of a surge in Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, mostly in the areas of al-Khalil, al-Quds, Nablus and Ramallah.

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

The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

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