Jewish settlers set fire to girls school while expanding Rahalim settlement
NABLUS, – As Jewish settlers spent Sunday morning digging up hundreds of dunums of land in the south Nablus region of Sawiya to expand the Rahalim settlement, Nablus lawmaker Yasser Mansur warned that the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank was on the rise.
39 settlements have been erected in the city of Nablus alone, accommodating 20,000 Jewish settlers.
“Occupation forces encourage these crimes with prior planning and with full protection for [Jewish] settlers and their abuse against the Palestinian citizens and amidst continued official Palestinian and Arab silence over these crimes that paves the way for more of them,” Mansur said addressing the media Sunday.
He added that the residents of the new residents of the settlement are just like other settlement residents: extremists who wage on the property of Palestinians continuous acts of vandalism, the latest of which was an arson of a classroom in the Sawiya girls school.
Settlers unlawfully seized hundreds of dunums of land in the area along the Rahalim settlement outpost belonging to a number of local families inside the village of Sawiya. The Abu Dola, Abu Saalih, Abu Shahein, Al-Beik, and Hajj Sulaiman families were some of the households who lost land in the process.