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Terror Attack: Israel Terrorist Yells ‘Death To Arabs’ And Stabs Palestinian Worker

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli man stabbed a Palestinian worker on a construction site north of Tel Aviv on Monday, Israeli police and media reported.The victim, a Palestinian worker for the Herzliya Municipality, told police that a man with a Russian accent shouted “Death to Arabs” before stabbing him in the shoulder.

The worker was transferred to hospital for treatment.

Israeli police are searching for the suspect, who fled the scene of the attack.

Anti-Palestinian attacks in Israel are frequent and often involve the desecration of holy sites in addition to physical assaults.

In February, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to part of a Christian seminary in East Jerusalem’s Old City and sprayed “Jesus is a son of a whore” and “Redemption of Zion” on the walls.

A day earlier, extremist Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in the southern West Bank town of al-Jaba and sprayed racist slogans calling for killing Arabs and Muslims on the walls in Hebrew.

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Masked Israeli Terrorists Injure 6 Year Old Palestinian Girl In Attack

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Masked Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on south of Hebron threw stones at a group of Palestinians injuring a six-year-old child on Saturday.

The child sustained a head injury and was taken to the nearest hospital for medical treatment, according to witnesses.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have any immediate information but told Ma’an she was looking into the incident.

Settlers routinely carry out acts of violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank but are rarely held accountable, as Israeli authorities are often complicit in the attacks on Palestinians, their property and their lands, according to Israeli human rights organization B’tselem.

There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, as reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The Ma’on settlement, home of the child’s attackers, is located in the South Hebron Hills, an area witness to ongoing tensions between Palestinian residents and settlers who reside there illegally according to international law.

Saturday’s incident occurred as recently reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces international criticism for openly denying the possibility of an independent Palestinian state, which he confirmed would never come into fruition if he was reelected.

Netanyahu’s Likud party garnered significant support from the right wing and settlement bloc, and critics argue Netanyahu’s policies encourage and facilitate rapid expansion of settlements and their protection.

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Israeli Terrorist Crashes Into a Wall After a Failed Hit and Run

Al Akhbar

An Israeli settler crashed into a wall after attempting on Thursday morning to run over a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, eyewitnesses have said.

The settler tried to ram his vehicle into a Palestinian man in Bethlehem’s al-Khader town, but the latter narrowly escaped the attack, the witnesses said.

According to the witnesses, the Israeli settler fled the scene after he missed the Palestinian man and crashed into a wall instead.

The attack came shortly after three Israeli soldiers were injured after a Palestinian driver rammed his van into them in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran over a group of Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem. Two Israelis were killed in the attack.

The incident comes two weeks after Palestinian Abdul-Rahman Shaludi rammed his car into Israeli settlers, injuring six and killing one. Shaludi was also shot dead.

Israeli officials have condemned the attacks and accused Palestinians leaders of “inciting” hatred against Israel, but Palestinian officials have blamed the continuing Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, increased illegal settlement construction exclusively for settlers in the city, and a summer Israeli offensive on Gaza that left nearly 2,200 dead, mostly civilians, for provoking anger.

The attacks come amid rising anger among Jerusalem Palestinians over widespread discrimination at the hands of Israeli authorities and Zionist settlers.

Hit and run attacks and other hate crimes by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, referred to as “price tag” attacks, are common in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and are rarely investigated or prosecuted by Israel.

On Tuesday, an Israeli settler driving through the occupied West Bank city of Beit Jala hit a Palestinian with his car on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma’an.

Locals said Ibrahim Hamdan was on his way to work when he was hit by an Israeli settler vehicle, lightly injuring him.

The sources said the settler appeared to hit Hamdan “deliberately.”

According to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) monthly report, a 5-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and six other Palestinians were injured in hit and run attacks by Israeli settlers in October.

On October 30, an Israeli settler ran over and injured a 13-year-old Palestinian boy south of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, said at the time that 13-year-old Ibrahim Odeh was knocked down by the car on the Huwwara road.

On October 19, a five-year-old Palestinian girl, Einas Khalil, was run over and killed by a settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil.

On September 29, an Israeli settler ran over and injured 6-year-old young Palestinian girl Islam Basim al-Amour in al-Dairat area south of Hebron.

On August 7, an 8-year old Palestinian girl was also run over by Israeli settlers near Hebron and moderately injured.

A week after that incident, on August 14, a 23-year-old Palestinian man was run over and killed by a settler car in the central West Bank.

In all incidents, witnesses and residents said they believed Israeli settlers deliberately hit Palestinians.

Back in 2013, an Israeli settler ran over a seven-year-old boy with his car as he walked to school in the West Bank town of Abu Dis.

About 550,000 Zionist settlers live in illegal settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on lands confiscated from local Palestinian communities.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

(Al-Akhbar, Anadolu, Ma’an)

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Israeli Terrorist Settlers Torch 100 of World’s Oldest Olive Trees- Some Over 900 YEARS Old

Israeli settlers in the northern occupied West Bank have razed to the ground huge swathes of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the town of Huwara, according to reports.

The fields were set on fire by “masked settlers”, Al-Resalah newspaper reports, who snuck on to the land and poured petrol on it before setting it alight. Around 100 olive trees were destroyed in the blaze, which spread as locals were prevented from attending the fire by Israeli forces.

Olive trees in Israel hold vast religious and cultural significance to both Jews and Palestinians. As well as being the livelihood of many Palestinian farmers, the trees are thought to be the “oldest on Earth” and are mentioned in the Old Testament numerous times.

Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane near the Old City of Jerusalem are believed to be up to 900 years old and belong to the same lineage as the olive trees among which Jesus Christ prayed the night before his crucifixion.

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A potent symbol of peace and harmony, the olive tree has become a source of confrontation and violence in the decades-old conflict that pits Israelis against Palestinians(Reuters)

The mayor of the Huwara said that Israeli occupation forces prevented Palestinian citizens from reaching the lands in order to extinguish the fire.

However the Jewish press in Israel is reporting that the cause of the fires is unknown and Israeli and Palestinian fire crews “worked together” to put out the blaze. The Jerusalem Post reports that police are investigating the incident.

Clashes in harvest season

In previous weeks, the owners of the fields have also reportedly being banned from working the land without being escorted by occupation forces, which means they have been unable to harvest the olive trees.

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A Palestinian boy stands next to Israeli left wing activists as they plant olive trees in an area that local Palestinians claim Jewish settlers uprooted olives trees last year in West Bank village of Mughaiyir in January 2011(Reuters)

Huwara has witnessed continuous clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinians due to its proximity to the Yitzhar settlement, where around 20,000 Jewish people live in 39 Jewish-only settlements.

“Palestinian residents, for their part, complain of repeated attacks by settlers, who usually enjoy the protection of Israeli military personnel”, Anadolu news agency reports.

Attacks on agricultural land are widespread at this time of year – the start of the olive harvest season – and several Palestinian towns have seen their crops stolen, olive trees cut and lands confiscated, says Middle East Monitor.

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Headlines From Palestine: October 21, 2014

West Bank and Occupied Lands

Ma'an News

Ma’an News

Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish 3 Palestinian Jerusalem Houses, Leaving 23 Homeless

Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian homes and three structures used for livestock in al-Tur east of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, residents said.

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Israeli Occupation Denies Palestinians Construction Permits=Everyday Apartheid

The Israeli authorities Tuesday demolished three Palestinian homes in addition to three animal sheds in the Jerusalem district neighborhood of al-Tour, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.

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Israeli Terrorist Settlers Jeapordise the Fate of UNESCO Heritage Site

For three weeks, Palestinian Muslims have been denied access to one of the holiest sites in Islam. Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem has become the site of frequent assaults by occupation forces and efforts to breach the complex by Zionist extremists.

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Picture on Al Aqsa

Picture on Al Aqsa

Israeli Occupation Proposed Bill to Divide Al-Aqsa Mosque Between Muslims, Jews

Israeli Knesset is expected to decide on a new bill next month which calls for both a temporal and spatial division of al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews, said Israeli sources.

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Erekat: If UN Resolution Fails, Palestine to Join International Organisations

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes.

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PLO Member Condemns Israeli Occupation Aggression at al-Aqsa, Slams Arab Silence

A Palestinian official on Monday called for holding an emergency Arab and Islamic summit to discuss Israeli plans to divide the al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinians and Israelis.

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Israeli Occupation Football Body to Discipline Only Palestinian Team Playing in Israel

The Israel Football Association said Monday it is to take disciplinary measures against an Arab club in the Premier League over a tribute it paid to a fugitive former MP.

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