Salfit women say stoned by settler youth

Published May 22, 2011 21:58 | Ma’an News Agency

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Town officials from Salfit reported Sunday that a group of women returning home were assaulted by a group of 15 settlers harassing Palestinians near the Kfar Tappuah settlement.

The women, from the village of Iskaka, were on the main road between Za’atara and Yasuf, head of the local women’s society told Ma’an, when a group of settlers chased them, throwing stones and causing panic as the group sought shelter.

Ahlam Adnan Hareb said the settlers followed the women for about 250 meters, causing them to fear for their lives.

She called on the international community and rights organizations to put a halt to settler violence against Palestinians.

Israel began building Jewish-only communities in the West Bank shortly after the area was occupied in 1967. The communities were intended to settle the area for an Israeli state. The settlements are built on privately owned Palestinian land, village land and traditional Bedouin grazing land, and are considered illegal under international law.

The Geneva Convention holds that an occupying state must not move its civilian population into the area under occupation or profit from the use of its natural resources.

Settlement growth increased rapidly in the 1980s, and today estimates say more than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank.

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