Israeli settlers are continuing their latest spate of attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the occupied West Bank.
Starting Monday, the settlers have attacked Palestinians’ cars in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Hebron (al-Khalil).
In Hebron, settlers stoned Palestinian cars late on Monday night, and near Nablus they set fire and damaged crops of Palestinian farmers. At least three Palestinians were injured in the attacks.
In another incident on Tuesday afternoon, Israeli settlers attacked a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Walid Assaf, by throwing stones from behind at his car as he was driving in the direction of Qalqiliya on the Nablus bypass road. The car’s windshield was shattered completely.
The lawmaker tried to chase the attackers, but they escaped into the Israeli settlement of Gilad, close to the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Israeli media sources reported on Tuesday that the military is planning to evacuate 23 illegal settlers’ outposts in the coming days. The reports said that the military and police have conducted exercises to do all evictions in one day.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military issued a statement saying that the exercises were regular and it has neither plans nor orders to evacuate those settlements.
Since capturing the West Bank from Jordan in an aggressive war in 1967, Israel has followed a policy of constructing settlements for Zionists from far and wide, often through land-grabs from the native Palestinians. Such settlements are illegal under international law and have been condemned worldwide.
They are also an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. But their expansion goes on.