Israeli settlers have attacked a girls’ school in the West Bank as the Israelis step up violence against Palestinians in the occupied territory.
The incident occurred on Thursday
when a group of Israeli settlers raided Kortoba girls’ school in the southern city of al-Khalil (Hebron), Xinhua reported.
The assailants engaged in throwing stones and empty bottles at the small girls at the school.
The incident, the latest act of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, comes as the United Nations Security Council is debating on the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood. Acting Palestinian Authority Chief
Mahmoud Abbas presented the Palestinians’ statehood request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 23, despite fierce opposition by the United States and Israel.
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) warned recently of Israeli plans to embolden settler attacks on the Palestinians to drag them to a new cycle of violence in the wake of the Palestinian UN motion.
Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said on Thursday that the Israeli forces arrested six Palestinians in the West Bank, mainly in al-Khalil and in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
On Wednesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) called on the Israeli regime to halt its attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank. Israel is legally obliged to protect Palestinian civilians and their property, it said.
In recent weeks, the occupied
territories have seen a rise of Israeli violence, with hundreds of Palestinian olive trees and olive harvest ruined, holy sites as well as mosques desecrated and the sanctity of Arab cemeteries dishonoured by settlers.
A high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer has also admitted to the dramatic increase in the acts of violence and destruction committed by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Tel Aviv occupied and then annexed the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) — the promised capital of any future Palestinian state — in the Six-Day War of 1967, but the move has
never been recognized by the international community.