Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes in occupied Hebron
Dozens of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba threw rocks and glass bottles at Palestinian homes in the Hebron neighbourhood of Jaber, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA.
The settlers were protected by a military escort as they chanted profanities and racist slogans against local Palestinian residents.
Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, and commits various abuses against Palestinian civilians, human rights groups say.
Hebron is known to be an exceptionally hostile environment due to its high concentration of settlers in the city. Its Palestinian residents reportedly live in fear of Israeli aggression.
More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.
The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three: Area A, Area B and Area C.
Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B's administration is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.
Along with stealing land, Israeli soldiers and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories in various ways.
Israeli forces and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories through harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property and other forms of violence.
Israel often forces Palestinians to demolish their own homes under the pretext of not having a building permits.
Applications for building permits often take years to be processed, giving Israeli courts a loophole to increase Palestinian home demolitions by branding structures as "illegal".
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