March 1, 2011
Home set ablaze amid Jewish racial riots near Nablus
[ 01/03/2011 - 10:04 AM ]
Hundreds of Jewish rioters continue violent racial attacks against
Palestinians near the entrance of the villages of Hawara and Burin
southeast of Nablus.
They had set fire to the home of Rabee Taha in Hawara but Palestinian
fire crews managed to extinguish it, informed sources reported.
Hundreds of rioters gathered at the entrance of Burin at night and
planned to riot and set fire to the Salman al-Farisi Mosque there, a
holy site Israeli authorities allege was constructed without permit and
have threatened to raze.
The Israeli army has closed off entrances to Palestinian villages to
the southeast and west of the West Bank city of Nablus, and has also
blocked checkpoints to the west and north as well as the Yitzhar road
linking Nablus and Qalqilya.
Meanwhile, riots have turned violent as Jewish settlers led
provocative marches near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil. Locals there
reported them smashing car windows parked near Palestinian homes and
shouting anti-Arab and Islamic racial slurs.
The night before, settlers wreaked havoc in the Tel Rumaida suburb in
Al-Khalil's Old City, beating locals and vandalizing shops.
Israel To Legalize Settlement Outposts
Tuesday March 01, 2011 13:52 by David Steele - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
Israel has announced plans to legalize a total of 96 settlement
According to Israeli NGO Peace Now, there are a total
of 99 settlement outposts, of which the government is planning to
dismantle three. However, as part of the same decision, the government
is planning to legalize the remaining outposts as they are located on
This announcement coincides with a recent surge in
settler violence, particularly around Nablus and Hebron. Settlers near
Nablus have been outraged by government demolition of two sheds. In
contrast, a total of 24 000 Palestinian homes have been demolished since
1967, in contravention of article 53 of the 4th Geneva Convention.
"State lands" within the West Bank refer to areas that the Israeli
government has appropriated due to a lack of ownership papers or because
the land has not been cultivated in the past three years. In Palestinian
society, ownership has traditionally been determined through oral
contract, although Ottoman, British and Jordanian authorities often
formalized these. Due to movement restrictions it can be difficult or
impossible for Palestinian farmers to cultivate their lands.
settlements and settlement outposts are illegal under international law.
Settlers Attack Homes, Property In Hebron
Tuesday March 01, 2011 12:21 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
A group of armed fundamentalist Israeli settlers attacked on Tuesday
at dawn several Palestinian neighborhoods in the southern West Bank city
Eyewitnesses reported that dozens of settlers led by
extremist settler-leader Baroch Merzel, conducted a provocative march in
the Old city, and the area around the Ibrahimi Mosque, to protest the
evacuation of some homes at an illegal outpost near the northern West
Bank city of Nablus.
During the protest, the settlers broke the
windows of several parked Palestinian vehicles and hurled stones at a
number of homes.
The settlers were marching while chanting
slogans against the Arabs, the Palestinians and against Islam, local
The army was intensively present in the area but
did not attempt to intervene, local sources added.
On Tuesday at
dawn, extremist settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at a Palestinian home
in Huwwara village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus leading
to fire in one of its rooms.
On Monday at night, settlers
attacked and punched several residents in Tal Romedia neighborhood in
Hebron, and broke into a local shop destroying most of its property.
Also on Monday a 5-year-old Palestinian child was moderately wounded
after being rammed by a settler vehicle near the Ibrahimi Mosque in
The child, Qoteiba Al Rajabi, 5, was playing near his
parents’ home, and the settler fled the scene leaving the wounded child
on the ground.
Local residents rushed to the scene and
transferred the child to a local hospital in Hebron.
Settlers Set Fire To House in Huwara Village
Tuesday March 01, 2011 11:53 by David Steele - IMEMC & Agencies
A group of extremist settlers set fire to a Palestinian home near
Nablus Monday night, Palestinian media sources reported.
According to the Ma'an News Agency, the groups threw Molotov cocktails
at houses in Huwara village, near Nablus, which set fire to one home
that belongs to a resident identified as Rabee' Taha.
firefighters managed to control the blaze, two children were inside
sleeping and had to be hospitalized. Palestinian cars around Nablus were
also attacked, according to officials.
In a separate incident,
clashes erupted in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah,
on Monday when settlers attempted to enter the village. Locals burnt
tires in an attempt to prevent them entering. Eventually the army
intervened, prompting the settlers to return to their homes.
Settlers have recently been incensed by the demolition of small numbers
of buildings in settlement outposts near Nablus. Since 2008, many have
pursued a 'price tag' policy whereby local Palestinian communities 'pay
a price' for any attempt by the army to reign in expanding outposts.
Often the 'price' takes the form of graffiti or damage to property,
although sometimes it involves greater levels of violence.
should be noted, in contrast, that Palestinian homes are routinely
demolished by the Israeli military, in contravention of international
law under article 53 of the 4th Geneva Convention. According to the
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), over 24 000
Palestinian homes have been demolished since 1967.
presently widespread concerns both within the Palestinian community and
NGOs working the West Bank about a recent rise in settler violence. This
problem is compounded by a lack of law enforcement against the settlers.
Israeli NGO Yesh-Din claims that 91% of the 642 investigations that
it is monitoring are closed without any indictment filed against the
defendant. The situation is, in fact, even worse than this because only
a small proportion of complaints are ever taken to the authorities: most
Palestinians are wary about dealing with the Israeli police.
settlers are charged then the case is dealt with in Israeli courts
according to civilian law, which provides a significant number of
safeguards and legal protection. Palestinians live under Israeli
military rule and as a result do not enjoy the same legal protection
that they would have under civilian rule. This 'dual system of law' is
of concern to Israeli human rights group, BT'selem.
settlements are illegal under international law, although the US
recently vetoed a resolution condemning them in the UN Security Council.
Blaming Palestinians for Outpost Demolition, Settlers
Tuesday March 01, 2011 10:38 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Angered by the Israeli army for demolishing, on Monday, four homes at
the Gilad illegal settlement outpost near the northern West Bank city of
Nablus, Israeli settlers carried out several attacks against the
Palestinians, and vowed further attacks in coming days.
started rioting after the army demolished four homes in the illegal
Gilad outpost, and announced that the Palestinians “will pay a high
price” for the evacuations.
They said that they marked down
several Palestinians targets, and that they might also conduct attacks
against mosques in the Nablus area.
Settler leaders said that
the army’s “use of violence against them will have direct effects
against the Palestinians who will pay the heavy price for that”.
Israeli Ynet News reported that the settlers vowed that what happened on
Monday will not just pass, and that the coming days will prove that the
Israeli army’s use of force against them will result in attacks against
The settlers blame the Palestinians for any
evacuation of illegal outposts, while a number of Facebook settler
groups called for “retaliation against the Palestinians”.
Following the removal of some illegal structure at the Gilad outpost,
the settlers conducted several attacks against the indigenous
Palestinians in the area.
Jerusalem, Nablus roads blocked by Israeli settlers in
protest against outpost removal
Tuesday March 01, 2011 03:35 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Hundreds of Israeli settlers blocked the Nablus road in the northern
West Bank, and dozens more tried to block a main road in Jerusalem on
Monday, calling for the Israeli government to allow the expansion of a
settlement colony located in the northern West Bank.
came after a group of settlers tried to expand the settlement of Havat
Gilad, in violation of Israeli and international law, and the government
dismantled a caravan constructed on Palestinian land that the settlers
were trying to seize.
In Monday's protest, the settlers burned
tires and shouted slogans at drivers on a main Jerusalem road, and
called on the Israeli government to allow settlements to continue to
All Israeli settlements are considered illegal under
international law, as they are constructed on Palestinian land occupied
by the Israeli military since 1967. Transferring civilians onto land
seized by military force is in direct violation of Israel's duty as an
occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a
According to Jerusalem police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld, "They set fire to a number of tires, one arrest was
made...they have been dispersed." Rosenfeld said the protesters came out
in order to support the eight settlers who were arrested on Monday
morning during the dismantling of the structure near Havat Gilad.
Rosenfeld told reporters with Agence France Presse that when the
military administration came to dismantle the outpost, settlers from
Havat Gilad began throwing stones and trying to physically stop the
soldiers from dismantling the structure. Several people were arrested
with knives, trying to slash the tires of military vehicles.
estimated 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in
settlements, in violation of international law. Many of these
settlements are also illegal under Israeli law, although provisions in
Israeli law allow these expansions to be turned into 'legal' settlements
once they establish a certain number of people in new structures. This
policy has implicitly supported the expansion of the state of Israel
onto Palestinian land.
Israel remains the only nation on earth
that has refused to define its borders, and has continually expanded its
territory through military force.