Israeli settlers with guns attack elderly British volunteer in West Bank

Published October 15th, 2015 - 07:36 GMT

Israeli settlers injured four Palestinians and one foreigner with rocks on Wednesday in the village of Burin in the northern Nablus district, a local official said. 

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement threw stones at locals picking olives in the Jabal Suliman area of Burin, injuring four Palestinians and one foreigner.
 
Abudl-Muhaimen Asaous, 37, as well as a foreign volunteer identified as David Amos, 66, were both injured with rocks to their heads and taken to Rafidia hospital for medical treatment.

Daghlas said that Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of acres of olive fields in the area connecting Burin and Huwwara.
 
Earlier this month in Huwwara, Israeli settlers violently assaulted two Palestinians while they were picking olives in a similar incident and injured them. The two need to be transferred to a hospital for treatment after the attack.
 
During the incident, settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of agricultural land, a spokesperson from Fatah said at the time.
 
Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.
 
The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.
 
Palestinians are therefore left to fend for themselves as few options for their personal security remain.
 
While Israeli forces will detain a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank for possessing a knife or gun, Israelis living in the same area are legally able to carry such weapons.
 
Rights groups have criticized Israel for implementing different legal systems for Palestinians and Israeli settlers living in the same area.
 
Such practices, they say, protect the expansion of settlements while systematically removing the ability for Palestinians to move freely throughout the occupied territory.
 

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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