The governor of Nablus, Jibrin Al-Bakri, has pleaded for the protection of mosques and religious shrines in the Occupied Palestinian Territories against the "repeated and escalating" attacks by settlers. The latest such attack was the burning of a mosque in the south Bethlehem town of Beit Fajjar.
Al-Bakri called on Palestinian citizens to take all the necessary precautions and procedures for the protection of Palestinian religious shrines and stressed the need for unity and cooperation in the face of settler attacks and provocations.
In the same context, the governor reported that this clear escalation in the repeated attacks by settlers on Palestinians, their property and their holy places "comes in conjunction with the olive harvest."
According to Al-Bakri, the purpose of this escalation is to "terrorise Palestinian farmers, to prevent them from reaching their lands, and thus to seize them".