RAMALLAH, April 25 (JMCC) - Incidents of settler violence against Palestinians and their property are increasing, reports the Israeli rights group Yesh Din. When an outpost is dismantled, settlers are now imposing a price tag on Palestinians by damaging their homes or agricultural lands.
At the same time, little is being done by official Israel
to curb the practice.
Investigations fail to result in convictions even when eyewitnesses provide accurate descriptions of Jewish suspects seen at or fleeing the scene, holding incriminating evidence - as in a case reported earlier this month by the Jerusalem Post's Dan Izenberg. According to the April 6 article, a settler from Kedumim was caught by police last summer, fleeing a burning Palestinian orchard while holding a jerrican filled with flammable liquid, and with the smell of the liquid on his hands. The suspect refused to answer police questions during interrogation; and less than a year later, the courts dismissed the case for lack of evidence. Michael Sfard, Yesh Din's legal advisor, described the court's decision as scandalous. Read
the article at Haaretz