Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

EU Parliament Denounces Israeli Settlements Law In The West Bank

An Israeli settler was set free by police on Thursday, after he shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank, saying that he "feared for his life".

"You wanted to support Marwan Barghouthi", the settler said, referring to the imprisoned Fatah leader who is leading some 1,600 Palestinians on the hunger strike.

The prisoners who are on a hunger strike are engaged in a legitimate, nonviolent action to demand their basic rights, including an end to torture and ill-treatment, the use of administrative detention, unfair trials, the detention of children, demeaning detention conditions including sleep and food deprivation, insufficient medical care, solitary confinement and the denial of the right to education.

The death of the Palestinian led to clashes between dozens of local youth and Israeli soldiers, who also closed Huwwara road.

A similar incident occurred the day before near the Palestinian village of Silwad in the West Bank. An Israeli police officer and soldier also sustained injuries as protesters hurled stones at security forces.

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Two Palestinian were seriously wounded by live fire near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The killed Palestinian was identified by the Palestinian Maan news agency as Muataz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, from the Nablus-area village of Beita.

When the settler drove through the crowd, protesters began beating the vehicle and throwing rocks at it.

On Wednesday Barghouti reportedly began refusing water in an effort to increase pressure on Israel to meet prisoners' demands which include the installation of public telephones and televisions in prison wards, the resumption of academic studies and bi-monthly visitations for inmates, and re-location to facilities in the Palestinian territories. They condemn all acts of violence and terrorism attacking or endangering civilians, as well as all acts of provocation and incitement.

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