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23 Jun, 2015

Jewish extremists spray anti-Arab racist graffiti, attack Palestinians with rocks

TABARIYA, June 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli extremists Sunday sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on the walls running along a street in Tabariya, while settlers residing in illegal settlements in central Hebron attacked Palestinians with rocks, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli extremists sprayed racist graffiti on the walls running along a street in Tabariya, inside the 1948 borders, such as ‘Death to Arabs.’

This incident came only a few days after Israeli extremists set fire to the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Galilee on Thursday, which led to the injury of two people, including a monk, and caused considerable damage to valuable property estimated at several million shekels.

Meanwhile in Hebron, settlers from a number of illegal settlements built illegally on land belonging to Palestinians in central Hebron hurled rocks at Palestinians in the old town of Hebron, while Israeli soldiers provided settlers with protection.

The attack caused damage to a roadside toys stand belonging to Tha’er Jaber. There were no injuries reported.

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.

Al-Haq human right organization stated that, “Attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank against members of the Palestinian population and their property are an extensive, long-term, and worsening phenomenon.”

It said that, “Since the beginning of January 2015, the Palestine Centre recorded a total of 152 settler assaults on Palestinians; These assaults target Palestinian civilians, including children, and vary between hit-and-run attacks, the use of gunfire, kidnapping attempts, attacks against places of worship, and destruction of Palestinian property.”

Al-Haq said that, “The illegal Israeli settlement policy of transferring Israeli civilians into occupied territory is directly responsible for creating a hostile environment that puts civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, in harm’s way.”

Meanwhile, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said that, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

“The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory. Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions,” it added.