Jewish Settlers have again attacked a Palestinian household in the village of Beit Fureeq near Nablus city, blowing up a car and room of a house.
Eyewitnesses from the area said the settlers, believed to be from Elon Moreh settlement, attacked and ranasacked the house which belongs to citizen Shaheer Hanani and burnt one of its rooms.
Atef Hanani, the mayor of the village, said the settlers had poured inflammable liquid on the car and placed a gas tank inside a room in the Palestinian house before setting both on fire.The family's furniture, TV, laptop and cell phone were destroyed in the blast, he added.
Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas said the attack marked an escalation in settler violence. He urged the international community to intervene.
Palestinian People's Party politburo member Nasr Abu Jaish told Maan news that the incident was an organized and provocative action targeting civilians.
Abu Jaish said parties would meet in Nablus on Thursday to form committees to protect homes and guard communities from further attacks.
David Haivri, an advocate for settlements in the northern West Bank, said his community was unaware of the allegations and doubted their validity.
Last Wednesday night, a number of Jewish settlers smashed several Palestinians' cars passing through "Yitzhar" road, while other settlers blocked Palestinian farmers from accessing their fields to harvest their olives in Hawra village, southern Nablus.
Settlers have conducted several attacks against Nablus area villages in recent months, sabotaging property and carrying out arsons.
Meanwhile,some 20 olive trees that belong to a resident of Jerusalem's neighborhood Beit Safafa were cut down Thursday night. A sign printed with the slogan "price tag" was left on the premises. Police launched an investigation into the case.
Over the past weeks, Jewish settlers have uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the west bank and east Jerusalem.Israeli soldiers have occasionally clashed with the settlers, who describe their violent attacks against Palestinian households, mosques and farming as the “price tag” for “unfair” policies of the Israeli regime.
Palestinian farmers in the West Bank have struggled to harvest their olive trees in order to improve their livelihood under Israel's harsh restrictions.