63 SETTLERS’ ASSAULTS CARRIED OUT AGAINST PALESTINIANS IN APRIL

Photo: PIC
Photo: PIC

Bethlehem, 23 Rajab 1436/12 May 2015 (MINA) – Over the last month, 63 Israeli settlers’ attacks carried out against Palestinian citizens and properties were documented in a new report issued by the Applied Research Institute Arij.

Around 21 of the settlers’ attacks were reported in occupied Jerusalem, while 14 attacks were documented in al-Khalil, according to the report, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

All of the reported attacks were carried out under Israeli forces and police protection, Arij pointed out.

The settlers’ attacks include break-ins into archaeological sites, damaging Palestinian-owned properties, uprooting and destroying trees, bulldozing agricultural lands, building illegal settlement units, and closing main roads and entrances to a number of towns.

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25 of the assaults were carried out against archaeological and religious sites, while nearly 11 physical attacks were reported.

The monthly report said that during April Israeli authorities invited tenders for the construction of 77 new homes in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Neve Ya’akov and Pisgat Ze’ev in the north of the capital city. Israeli government also declared tenders for the construction of 708 Jewish homes in Gilo settlement in Bethlehem.

Arij warned against an Israeli attempt to take control over theMount Ebal after the Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, promised settlers to open the Palestinian mountain in front of the settlers to enable them to perform their prayers in the so-called “Joshua Ben Nun”.(T/P008/R04)

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Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)