Zooks Gone Wild
Thursday June 04, 2009
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli settlers continued their attacks and acts of revenge against the evacuation of smaller illegal outposts, and naturally directed their attacks against the Palestinians, as they burnt trees and farmlands, and blocked an intersection.
The settlers burnt dozens of Dunams of Palestinian farmlands in several parts of the West Bank, especially in the Nablus area.
Abu Al Abed, a resident of Aseera Al Qibliyya, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, said that the settlers repeatedly attacked the residents, their homes and their lands, and that the Israeli army protected the settlers and did not attempt to stop them.
He added that the settlers burnt trees, farmlands, attacked homes, residents, hurled stones at Palestinian cars, and closed the main junction in Nablus in addition to other roads used by the Palestinians.
Abu Al Abed further said that his village is one of many villages that are subjected to ongoing attacks carried out by the settlers, and added that the residents would remain steadfast and would defend their lands.
It is worth mentioning that the army prevented Palestinian fire-trucks from reaching the burnt lands.
Israeli sources reported that the settlers returned to outposts that were evacuated by the army, especially Maoz Esther and Ramat Migron, and installed two more outposts in the area.
Dozens of Palestinians took off to the streets in protest to the attacks and hurled stones at settlers’ vehicles, no injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, an extremist right-wing settler, Meir Bartler, said in an interview with the Israeli Army Radio, that the settlers will not adhere to the orders of the Israeli army, and added that the settlers would even double the construction of settlement outposts in every part of the West Bank. source
Tuesday June 2, 2009
by Saed Bannoura
A group of extremist settlers burnt on Monday hundreds of acres planted with olive trees, wheat and barley near the Palestinian villages of Burin, Aseera, Tal and Sorra, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers blocked several roads and attacked firefighters who were attempting to reach the burnt fields.
Ali Eid, head of the Burin village council, told the Maan News Agency that the fires consumed olives trees, and large areas planted with wheat and barley.
Also, local sources in Jeet and Far’ata villages, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, stated that the settlers set ablaze hundreds of acres planted with wheat.
The sources added that Israeli soldiers did not attempt to stop the settlers and instead protected them and barred Palestinian fire trucks from reaching the burnt lands.
The Civil Administration office in Qalqilia said that its firefighters and civil defense officers were alerted after the first attack took place on Monday morning.
The office added that most of the civil defense and fire-trucks were violently attacked by the soldiers, and some vehicles were set ablaze.
The attacks took place after the Israeli army evacuated an illegal settlement outpost close to Alon Moreh settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The evacuated outpost had three caravans.
On Monday morning, six Palestinians were wounded; one seriously, after the settlers attacked Palestinian laborers on the Nablus-Qalqilia road. source