450 settler attacks on Palestinians in two years – Freedom and Justice Gate

A Zionist human rights organization said that it had “documented 451 incidents of violence committed by settlers against Palestinians since the beginning of 2020, with the Israeli occupation forces not interfering to stop the attacks in most cases, according to the Al Jazeera English website.”

B’Tselem said in a report that, “66 percent of the incidents in which settlers in the occupied West Bank attacked Palestinians, the occupying forces did not go to the scene, and in 170 of the cases in which the army did arrive, the soldiers either chose not to intervene to protect the Palestinians or joined Indeed, in only 13 cases did the occupying forces take measures to prevent settler violence, according to B’Tselem.

The human rights organization added in its report, “The settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians are a strategy used by the Israeli apartheid regime, which seeks to advance and complete the process of appropriating more and more Palestinian lands. They don’t challenge the state; they do whatever they like.”

Israel, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, rejects allegations that its treatment of Palestinians amounted to apartheid.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli occupation forces on B’Tselem’s findings.

Recent months have witnessed a sharp rise in violence perpetrated by settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians, including against farmers harvesting olive trees.

In an interview that Ghassan Douglas, who monitors settler violence in the northern West Bank, gave to Al Jazeera last month, he described the violence as “planned and not spontaneous.”

Last week, a group of settlers vandalized several cars in a town near Ramallah, and in September, dozens of settlers attacked a Bedouin village in the southern West Bank, injuring many, including a Palestinian child.

“The organization did not contact the security forces to comment on the report, because we understood that they were not doing anything about our accusations,” said Dror Sadot, a B’Tselem spokesman.

The team highlighted five examples in different parts of the West Bank where more than 2,800 hectares (6,919 acres) of land were seized by violent settlers.

The report cited the case of Maun Farm, which was established illegally in the southern West Bank, but now controls with a subsidiary center about 264 hectares or 652 acres, including roads and pastures used by Palestinian residents in the area.

The shepherd, Juma’a Rabiei, 48, from the Palestinian community of Al-Tuwani told B’Tselem that “the settlers’ attacks are pushing him to flee the farming that supported his family. He added that settlers attacked him severely in 2018, breaking my leg, and I had to spend two weeks in the hospital and continue treatment at home.”

“I had to sell most of our sheep to cover the cost of treatment,” he said.

Farmer Zuhdi Hassan told Al Jazeera that “he was facing a problem this season, due to settlers’ attacks, movement restrictions and lack of rain.”

The 57-year-old farmer added, “Normally, I produce about 20 large plastic containers of olive oil, but this year I will only produce about six to seven containers. I think next year’s harvest will also be bad, because of the settlers and the continuous destruction of our trees.”

It is noteworthy that hundreds of thousands of Israelis went to settlements in the West Bank, which are considered illegal under international law.

Some outposts, including Maun’s Farm, are also illegal under Israeli law, but the government has been slow or unwilling to evacuate them.


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