Friday, September 7

More orchards set ablaze by Israeli Settlers in Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A group of settlers set fire to an orchard in a northern West Bank village on Friday morning, eyewitnesses told Ma'an.

Residents of Eli settlement entered Qaryut village, torching olive and almond trees, villagers said. The people of Qaryit rushed to the site to douse the flames, they added.

On Wednesday, European Union Representatives said they were concerned at the rising number and severity of "continuous settler violence and deliberate provocations against Palestinian civilians."

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah called on Israel to prevent settler violence, protect Palestinians, and bring perpetrators to justice.

The statement came the day after vandals torched the wooden door of Jerusalem's Latrun Monastery and daubed pro-settler graffiti on the building's stone walls. British Middle East Minister Alistair Burt called the attack "a shocking and deliberately provocative act on a place of worship."

In August, PA official Ghassan Daghlas warned Palestinians to be cautious of settler attacks ahead of the evacuation of illegal Israeli outpost Migron, near Ramallah, which went ahead last week.

The evacuation of the illegal Ulpana outpost in June led to a spate of "price tag" attacks on mosques, Palestinians and their property.

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