NABLUS, Saturday, January 25, 2020 (WAFA) – Two Palestinians were critically injured today evening after they were attacked by Jewish settlers in the village of Sawiya, to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
Head of the Sawiya village council, Morad Abu Ras, told WAFA that a group of settlers attacked a Palestinian farmer identified as Mohammad Hamed Khalil, 62, and his son, Nizar, while they were working in a farm of their own near the village. The father reportedly sustained a serious injury in the head as a result of being beaten and pelted with stones.
Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities. It includes arsons of property and mosques, 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.