Israelis detain West Bank Palestinians

Israelis detain West Bank Palestinians
Sat Oct 12, 2013 08:36:33

The Israeli military has announced detaining five Palestinians accused of collaborating in the killing of a Jewish settler in the occupied West Bank.

The regime authorities claimed Friday that two men armed with axes and metal bars attacked the Israeli settler at his residence in Brosh Settlement in the northern Jordan Valley.

The male settler, identified as Sarya Ofer, was killed during the attack but his spouse reportedly survived with minor injuries.

Palestinian chief negotiator Nabil Shaath slammed the Israeli regime for conducting security operations in connection with the incident without prior coordination with the Palestinian authorities.

"The Israelis should have come to us immediately asking for security coordination" following the latest incident, Shaath said.

On Monday, Israeli forces stormed the Palestinian town of al-Bireh in central West Bank, firing tear gas and rubber bullets on the Palestinian residents.

The attack came after an Israeli child was reportedly shot and injured by a mentally unstable person in the Israeli settlement of Psagot located near al-Bireh last week.

The development comes following a Monday attack by Israeli settlers on the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah, throwing stones at residents and vandalizing their cars.

Israeli settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

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