Palestinian farmer killed by Israeli settlers laid to rest in Nablus
The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Nablus
Thousands of Palestinians marched on Saturday in the funeral of Mahmoud Odeh, the 48-year-old Palestinian farmer who was killed by Israeli settlers in the Qusra village, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.
Mourners carried Odeh’s body throughout the village following prayers in the local school, to the village cemetery where he was buried.
Representatives of various Palestinian factions and institutions took part in the funeral.
Mourners waved Palestinians flags and repeated slogans condemning Israeli settlers’ attacks and promising a response to their “crimes.”
An upwards of some 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law. The international community has repeatedly called their presence and rising population the main impediment to potential peace in the region.
Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a culture of Impunity for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.
Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.