Days of Palestine – Ramallah
An elderly Palestinian farmer was injured in his head after Jewish settlers threw stones at a group of farmers near Na’lin village to the west of Ramallah on Tuesday.
Local sources said that the settlers threw stones at the farmers near the Apartheid Wall established on village lands injuring 73-year-old farmer Khalil Umaira.
They added that the settlers broke ladders used by farmers in picking olives and tore covers used to collect the olives.
Violence by settlers (and sometimes by other Israeli civilians) toward Palestinians has long since become part of daily life under occupation in the West Bank. These actions range from blocking roads, throwing stones at cars and houses, raiding villages and farmland, torching fields and olive groves, and damaging crops and property to physical assault, sometimes to the point of hurling Molotov cocktails or using live fire. Over the years, this widespread violence toward Palestinians has resulted in injuries to life and limb, as well as damage to property and land.
Under international law, "Israel" has a duty to protect Palestinians in the West Bank from this conduct. However, Israeli authorities routinely shirk this responsibility, even when the violent actions can be anticipated.
Thousands of testimonies, videos and reports, as well as many years of close monitoring by B’Tselem and other organizations, reveal that Israeli security forces not only allow settlers to harm Palestinians and their property as a matter of course – they often provide the perpetrators escort and back-up. In some cases, they even join in on the attack. In other instances, security forces have prevented anticipated harm by removing the targeted Palestinians, rather than the Israeli assailants.