Israeli settlers have set up several mobile homes in the southeastern part of the northern West Bank town of Kafr Qaddoum, to the east of Qalailia.
Sources from the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committeeâ€™s Office, in the northern West Bank, confirmed that extremist Israeli settlers, under heavy military protection, set up several mobile homes or caravans near the Kedumim settlement, WAFA reports.
This came as settlers stepped up their attacks against Palestinians in the northern West Bank, in retaliation for the killing of a number of Israeli soldiers and injuring another in a stabbing and shooting attack outside the settlement of Ariel, on Sunday.
On Sunday evening, settlers hurled rocks at Palestinian vehicles travelling along Nablus-Qalqilia and Nablus-Tulkarem Roads, causing damages.
They also attacked a Palestinian house with stones in Huwwara town, to the south of Nablus, shattering its windows. No injuries were reported to have occurred, in any of the attacks.
Israel imposes harsh penalties on Palestinian stone throwers, as it passed a legislation, in 2015, allowing for up to 20 years prison sentence if charged with throwing stones at Israeli vehicles, and a minimum of three years for the act of throwing a stone at any Israeli. In contrast, Israeli settlers are rarely prosecuted under the same standards of the law.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
(photo: mobile home in Abu Dis, PNN)
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.