NABLUS, Palestinian villagers and residents of the village of Burqa, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, yesterday fended off an attack by hardcore Israeli settlers which targeted the village, according to a local source.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official in charge of monitoring Israeli settlement activities in the area, said a group of settlers who were performing a provocative tour of the area attempted to attack the village, but were confronted by local residents who forced them to leave.
Meanwhile, Daghlas said other groups of settlers attacked with stones several Palestinian vehicles passing at Nablus-Ramallah and Qalqilia-Nablus roads, but said no injuries were reported.
Settler violence is commonplace across the occupied West Bank, and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities as the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over Israeli settlers.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)