Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinian Farmers during Olive Harvest

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank. (Photo: File)

Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers on Thursday during the olive harvest in the town of Burin, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that some 60 Jewish settlers attacked the olive harvesters in an area south of Burin.

One of the farmers confirmed that the settlers, who came from the illegal Yitzhar settlement, attacked his family and other farmers while they were harvesting their olive crops.

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Israel settler uses soldier’s gun to shoot at Palestinians in West Bank

The video, taken in Al-Tuwani village, also shows the settlers attacking Palestinian property, ripping branches off olive trees, throwing stones as Palestinians and setting Palestinian property on fire, all in the presence of occupation forces.

An Israeli settler shot at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank using an Israeli soldier’s weapon, footage released by rights group B’Tselem shows.

Palestinian who witnessed the incident, which took place on 26 June, said the soldier gave the settler the weapon, while the Israeli military claims the settler “took the weapon from the soldier and shot in the air”, Haaretz reported.

“With me there were 10 children on the roof and all of us shook, he didn’t fire in the air, he shot toward us,” one Palestinian resident said. Another eyewitness, who was on the same roof, also said he saw the soldier give his gun to the settler, Haaretz added.

The video, taken in Al-Tuwani village, also shows the settlers attacking Palestinian property, ripping branches off olive trees, throwing stones as Palestinians and setting Palestinian property on fire, all in the presence of occupation forces.

The Israel army’s Spokesperson’s Unit said: “A violent incident developed between settlers and Palestinians,” which included “mutual rock throwing and [Palestinians] shooting fireworks at settlers. An IDF [army] soldier collected in a military vehicle a resident who asked to direct him, and when they reached the site rocks were thrown at the vehicle. In response, the resident took the gun from the soldier and fired in the air. There were no injuries. In light of the severity of the incident, the soldier was summoned for an immediate investigation and clarification by the brigade commander, and the regulations were clarified.”

This incident, Palestinian news site Safa said, is further proof of the joint cooperation between Israeli settlers and the army in their aggression against Palestinians.

In May, 11 Palestinians were killed in Israeli army and settler attacks in the occupied West Bank, Safa said.

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IDF announces Israeli GROUND TROOPS now ‘attacking’ Gaza Strip amid fears of imminent invasion

An explosion lights the sky following an Israeli air strike on Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2021 ©  Mohammed Abed / AFP
Israeli ground troops have now joined the air force in attacking the Gaza Strip, the IDF has announced, causing confusion before clarifying that no soldiers have actually crossed into the Palestinian enclave yet.

“IDF air and ground forces are now attacking the Gaza Strip. More details to come,” the Israel Defense Forces announced on Twitter just after midnight on Friday local time.

Artillery, tanks and infantry are firing into the strip but have not crossed its boundary yet, according to a reporter with the Israeli public broadcaster Kan 11. RT’s Paula Slier also reported that artillery units from Israel’s Golani Brigade are “shooting into Gaza from the border, but have not crossed over.”

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Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly nonviolent procession in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured six Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinians were marching against the Israeli closure of the eastern entrance of the village, in addition to marking Palestinian Land Day.

They marched towards the eastern entrance while chanting against the ongoing closure, the illegal Israeli occupation, and its colonies, in addition to the escalating violations against the Palestinian people.

The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters wounding six, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Amin Abu Alia, the head of the al- Mughayyir Village Council, said this closure is the third this year alone, and added that the blockaded road is essential to the Palestinians, especially since it leads to many areas in the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that al-Mughayyir witnesses frequent Israeli invasions and violations, in addition to the repeated attacks carried out by the colonialist settlers against the Palestinians and their lands, amidst ongoing attempts to illegal annex more Palestinian lands.

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Abbas said to refuse call from Blinken, wants to hear from Biden first

While US president called Netanyahu, PA leader has not received same courtesy; efforts underway to arrange conversation between top American diplomat and PA premier Shtayyeh

Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Joe Biden after their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 10, 2010. (AP/Bernat Armangue)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to accept a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken a month and a half ago, demanding that the new administration’s first call come directly from the Oval Office.

However, more than two months into the new presidency, a call between US President Joe Biden and Abbas has not taken place.

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Hamas: We will disrupt the election in Israel if it disrupts the elections in the PA

Hamas warned Thursday that it will disrupt Israel’s election if it will disrupt the elections in the PA, set to take place in May.
“I deliver this message to the leadership of Israel – we the leadership of Hamas, will not allow Israel to intervene in the [Palestinian] elections,” Hamas’ leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar during an election rally for the movement.
“If it tries to intervene in our election, we will intervene in Israel’s.”
Sinwar added that the election is a natural and basic right of the Palestinian people.


Israeli Forces Destroy Nature Reserve, Uproot 10,000 Trees in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces destroy a natural reserve in Jordan Valley. (Photo: via Social Media)

The Israeli army on Wednesday destroyed a natural reserve and uprooted at least 10,000 trees in a military campaign in the northern West Bank in a move that Palestinians termed a “crime”.

Moataz Bisharat, who is responsible for monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the Jordan Valley, told Anadolu Agency that the occupation army pushed military vehicles and dozens of soldiers into the Ainun area in Tubas city in the morning and destroyed a nature reserve built on an area of about 400 dunums (98 acres).

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