Officials said that when a Palestinian man drove through the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers threw stones at his car, causing him to veer off the road and crash. He was seriously injured.
Ramallah, West Bank-A Palestinian man threw stones at his car as he drove through the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, causing him to veer off the road and crash. Palestinian officials said he was seriously injured.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settler violence, near the village of al-Mughayir in the West Bank, stones thrown by settlers smashed the windshield and Raid Kharaz lost control of the vehicle. control.
According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Karaz was taken to a nearby hospital while his son was also in the car and suffered minor injuries.
The Israeli army raised questions to the police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the fall, settler violence rose sharply. In mid-November, dozens of settlers attacked a group of Palestinians and Israeli militants with stones and sticks, causing one woman to be hospitalized and wounding others. In the same week, Jewish settlers attacked a group of Palestinian farmers with pepper spray and sticks near the outpost of an evacuated settlement, injuring four people.
In recent months, settlers’ destruction of Palestinian property has also increased dramatically, known as “price tag” attacks, a term coined by far-right settlers in response to Israel’s efforts to limit settlement expansion.
Israeli officials openly opposed violence, especially after dozens of settlers attacked a Palestinian village in September, wounding a toddler. But Palestinians and human rights organizations say that Israeli soldiers rarely intervene and often side with settlers.
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians sought the territory of the future nation. Most of the international community considers settlements illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel regards the West Bank as the center of the Bible and history of the Jews, and stated that its status should be determined through negotiation.
Nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers live in more than 130 settlements in the West Bank. Many buildings are highly developed and resemble urban suburbs, while more radical settlers have established dozens of rural outposts without Israeli authorization.