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Illegal Israeli Settlers Deface Home of Israeli Peace Activist, Burn Palestinian Protest Tent in Jerusalem

Illegal Israeli Settlers Deface The Home Of An Israeli Left-wing Activist

Monday September 12, 2011 15:23 by George Rishmawi - IMEMC & Agencies

 Illegal Israeli settlers defaced the home of an Israeli left-wing activist with graffiti proclaiming “death to the traitors” and “price tag Migron” on Monday, Israeli sources reported.

The activist, who refused to publish her name told Israeli media that she believes this is an act to make her and other left-wing activists scared.

Settlers have stepped up retaliatory attacks after the government removed three settler structures form Migron unauthorized outpost near Ramallah, last week. Palestinians have been the main victims of these acts, and apparently, left-wing Israelis are joining them.

"We know there is someone who is making sure we are scared," she said. "I'm sure the police will handle this and I'm sure it will find those responsible."

On their part the Peace Now movement said this incident is a serious one that requires emergency steps.

The movement, who is know of their opposition to the presence of most of the settlements in the West Bank, believes such groups are supported by some Knesset members.

"This is a serious incident that requires emergency steps against what seems like a new Jewish underground. The atmosphere of hate… is seeping from elements in the Knesset deep into Israeli society."

 Illegal Israeli Settlers Burn Protest Tent In Jerusalem

Monday September 12, 2011 14:27 by George Rishmawi - IMEMC & Agencies

Illegal Israeli settlers, who forcefully occupied part of the house of Rifka al-Kurd in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, burned the protest tent setup in the backyard of the house.

Mrs. al-Kurd reported that her son noticed noise near the house after midnight and confirmed that the settlers set the tent on fire. Neighboring youth managed to put the fire out, but all the contents of the tent where charred.

Settlers have stepped up retaliatory attacks after the government removed three settler structures from the unauthorised outpost of Migron, near Ramallah, last week.

Locals repel fresh settler attack in Qusra

[ 13/09/2011 - 06:52 PM ]


Locals in recently targeted Qusra village, south of Nablus, managed to repel an illegal Israeli Jewish settler attack on the Monday night.

The youths managed to repel a planned attack and chase down the assailants upon trying to enter the village from the south using the shadows of houses, said Hani Abu Reida, head of the village’s local council.

The civilian defense mission was operating in the framework of popular committee organized by the Qusra municipality after settlers set fire to the village’s main mosque Al-Nourein last week, Abu Reida said, adding that the municipality supplied them with food, drink, and means of communication.

Abu Reida called on other village councils where settler attacks are frequent to form similar councils in an effort to maintain security of Palestinians in the West Bank.

B'Tselem: Army Denies Palestinians Right To Protest In WB

Monday September 12, 2011 17:48 by George Rishmawi - IMEMC News

The Israeli human rights organizastion B'Tselem have stated that the Israeli military denies Palestinians the right to protest in the West Bank.

A report published by the group on Monday, titled 'Show of Force' says that Israel does not recognize the "basic right" of Palestinians to protest and responds to demonstrations with an "excessive use of crowd control weapons."

The report adds that the Israeli military violates its own law and regulations by firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters, and in most cases the army treats protests as disturbances and disperses nonviolent processions with the use of military force.

The report was based on a study made in the town of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, whose residents have been organizing protests, for more than eighteen months now, every Friday, against settlers seizing nearby land that belongs to residents of the village.

In the past five years, nonviolent processions have been the dominant form of protests against all Israeli military operations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip including the construction of the wall and expanding settlements, such as, Bil'in, Ni'lin, al-Walaja, Saffa, Beit Ummar and many other villages in the West Bank.


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