UN consultants warn of uptick in settler violence in opposition to Palestinians

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Human rights consultants appointed by the United Nations warned Wednesday that Israeli settler violence in opposition to Palestinians has risen considerably in latest months. 

In the primary three months of 2021, the consultants documented 210 incidents of violence, together with one Palestinian demise by the hands of Israeli settlers — acts of violence they stated had been geared toward making each day life “untenable” for Palestinians. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recorded 771 incidents of settler violence in 2020, which injured 133 Palestinians and broken 9,646 timber and 184 automobiles. Most of the incidents had been ideologically motivated and came about in Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah, the consultants stated. 

“They primarily target the livelihoods of rural Palestinians, vandalizing livestock, agricultural lands, trees and homes,” they stated, including the assaults had been additionally geared toward intimidating and terrorizing residents. 

More than 440,000 Israeli settlers dwell within the West Bank. Captured by Israel within the Six-Day War of 1967, the Palestinians envision the West Bank as a part of a future impartial state. 

Critics of the Israeli settlements there say they undermine the prospects of a two-state answer, and most nations contemplate them to be a violation of worldwide legislation. 

The UN consultants described one incident final month in southern Hebron throughout which a Palestinian household — dad and mom and eight kids — had been attacked by 10 Israeli settlers, a few of whom had been reportedly armed. 

“We are deeply worried by the atmosphere of impunity in which these attacks are taking place,” the consultants stated, including that the Israeli army is commonly current or close by however fails to take steps to guard the Palestinians. “This amounts to a discriminatory two-tier approach to military protection and policing in the West Bank.”

The experts called on Israel as an occupying power to protect the Palestinians and for the international community to “impose meaningful costs” on Israel for its decadeslong occupation of the Palestinian territories.