December 23, 2020 (In Palestine Today) – Israeli settlers, some of them armed, Tuesday night escalated their attacks on Palestinian vehicles across the West Bank, according to activists.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, confirmed that a group of settlers threw rocks at Palestinian vehicles near the entrance of Awarta town, south of Nablus, causing damages to some of them.
In Hebron district, settlers rampaged at the junction of Beit Einun town, east of Hebron, attacking vehicles passing at the junction, while they were under the protection of Israeli soldiers.
In Bethlehem district, Mohammad al-Badn, a local activist, confirmed that settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles in Tuqu‘ town, east of Bethlehem city, causing damages to them, while they were holding the Israeli flag and shouting racist anti-Palestinian slogans.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settlers‘ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.