Israeli settlers Tuesday overnight hurled stones at a Palestinian house and wedding hall in Urief village, south of Nablus, said a local activist.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that settlers stormed the village, where they threw stones and empty bottles at a villager’s house and wedding hall, smashing some of their windows. The house owner as Jamal Abdullah Shehadeh.
No injuries were reported though in the attack.
The settlers reportedly came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement inhabited by hardcore fanatic Jews.
Israel imposes harsh penalties on Palestinian stone throwers, as it passed a legislation in 2015 allowing for up to 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and a minimum of three years for the act of throwing a stone at an Israeli. In contrast, Israeli settlers are rarely prosecuted under the same standards of the law.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settlers' violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
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.