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Video| “No school for Palestinians today,” Israeli-French settler brags about harassing Palestinian students in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- An Israeli settler was bragging in a video he captured about harassing Palestinian residents and students of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village in Nablus in the occupied West Bank after raiding it on November 24.

Residents of the Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village have got a video captured by an Israeli settler on November 24 while he was bragging about harassing and provoking Palestinians after raiding the village.

The settler can be heard in the video saying: “No school today for stone-throwers,” referring to the Palestinian students of the village who were denied access to their school due to a raid by Israeli soldiers and settlers.

The settler says, “Why are you afraid to come? Come, our friends. Beautiful atmosphere is in al-Luban today”, calling other settlers to join the mob.

“We closed al-Luban village. The residents aren’t allowed to enter. Al-Luban village is closed today.”

“Our battle is just, right, and legal,” the settler says, adding that the raid was “in cooperation with the army and the police.”

The settler can also be heard speaking French at the end of the video, saying: “There will be no school today. We will not allow you to learn today.”

On November 24, dozens of extremist Israeli settlers backed by the Israeli forces raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya. They obstructed the students’ access to their school and intimidated them.

The residents of the village tried to confront them and prevent the raid.

However, the occupation forces responded by firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets directly and intensively towards the residents and the students, who were heading to their school, injuring and suffocating at least 70 of them.

Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian students and residents of the village have increased lately.

Earlier on Sunday, November 28, the settlers were seen chasing and intimidating Palestinian students heading to their school in the early morning hours, after raiding the village again. The occupation forces responded by attacking and beating the residents and parents who were securing the way of their children to the school.

They also attacked at least three journalists who were covering their attacks against the Palestinians, causing them severe bruises.

Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya is a home to about 3,500 Palestinians, 20km south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Two illegal Israeli settlements, Eli and Ma’ale Levona, straddle the sides of the village and are built on land belonging to it.

Every afternoon, Israeli forces are stationed at the village’s entrance near the main highway between Ramallah and Nablus.

Nearby Israeli soldiers patrol on foot as groups of schoolchildren from Lubban attempt to take alternative routes to get home following numerous settler and forces attacks.

Parents are forced to drive their children to and from school every day because they are scared of their children being hurt or arrested by the soldiers.

The schoolchildren are also forced to take an alternative route through village fields to get home as Israeli soldiers patrolled the main road.

In May, a Palestinian man named Nidal Safadi was killed when settlers and Israeli soldiers raided the village and jointly shot him four times.

According to an August 15 statement by Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian and resident coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, 24 Palestinian children – five girls and 19 boys – were injured by settlers in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

“Israel has a responsibility to protect children and teachers from harassment and violence by settlers on their way to and from school – and in any event,” said Hastings.

“All parties must commit to the protection of children in accordance with international law no matter where they are.”

Thus, the residents of the village have decided to prevent Israel’s attacks against their schoolchildren and the village.

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