Four of the five Israeli paramilitary settlers who were arrested Tuesday under suspicion of involvement in the death of a Palestinian woman have been released from custody, according to Israeli sources.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the number of hate crimes by Israelis toward Palestinians drastically increased in 2018 compared to previous years.

The Israeli paper noted that there were, ” 80 incidents in the area of the Yitzhar settlement, up from 52 in 2017.

“Price-tag attacks, it said, increased from four to 45, and attacks against security forces went up from 14 to 42.

The United Nations said it noted a 69% increase in Israeli-Jewish violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. It said that 115 Palestinians were wounded, and 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles were vandalized by Israeli right-wing militia groups.


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5 Jewish Teens Arrested for Stoning Death of Palestinian Woman

Jan 8, 2019 @ 05:18

Palestinians carry the body of 48-year-old mother of eight, Aisha Rabi, who died of her wounds after the car she was travelling in with her husband was hit by stones, during her funeral in the West Bank village of Bidya, near Salfit, on October 13, 2018. – An Israeli police spokesman confirmed a car had been hit by stones but did not identify the perpetrators. He said an investigation was underway but did not give further details. (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

Five Jewish teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Palestinian woman in the West Bank, three months ago.

Aisha Mohammed Rabi, a 48-year-old mother from Biddya, was driving with her husband Yacoub near a West Bank checkpoint south of Nablus when the settlers began to throw stones at their vehicle. Rabi was hit in the head and died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

According to the PNN, Israeli police soon arrived at the scene and opened an investigation. Five teens have been arrested since December 30, as part of a major Jewish terrorism probe in the West Bank. The Shin Bet internal security agency said, in its Sunday statement, that all the suspects were students at the “Pri Ha’aretz” yeshiva, in the nearby settlement of Rehelim. A gag-order has been placed to prevent publication of more details in the investigation, including the names of the attackers.

A group of far-right Israeli activists gathered outside the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest the arrests and call for his intervention on Saturday night.