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450 settler attacks on Palestinians in two years — Israeli NGO

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Palestinians gesture amid clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration in the village of Beita in the occupied West Bank, on November 14, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — An Israeli rights group said Sunday that it had documented 451 incidents of Jewish settler violence on Palestinians since early 2020, with Israeli forces not intervening to stop the attacks in most cases. اضافة اعلان

In a report, the B’tselem rights group said that in 66 percent of the incidents when settlers in the occupied West Bank attacked Palestinians, Israeli forces did not go to the scene. 

In 170 of the cases where Israeli forces did arrive, troops either chose not to intervene to protect the Palestinians or actively joined the attack. 
In just 13 cases, Israeli forces took action to “prevent the settler violence”, B’tselem spokesman Dror Sadot told AFP. 

“Settler attacks against Palestinians are a strategy employed by the Israeli apartheid regime, which seeks to advance and complete its misappropriation of more and more Palestinian land,” B’tselem said in the report. 
Israel, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, rejects claims that its treatment of the Palestinians amounts to apartheid.

Israel forces did not immediately respond to questions regarding B’tselem’s latest allegations. 

Sadot said the group did not contact Israeli forces for comment on the report because “we understood they do nothing about our accusations”.

The group highlighted five examples in different parts of the West Bank that saw violent settlers take over more than 2,800 hectares of land.

It cited the case of Ma’on Farm, erected illegally in the southern West Bank but which together with a sub-outpost now controls some 264 hectares, including roads and pasture used by the area’s Palestinian residents.

Shepherd Jummah Ribii, 48, of the Palestinian community of Al-Tuwani, told B’tselem that assaults by settlers were pushing him away from farming that had sustained his family.

He said settlers attacked him severely in 2018. “They broke my leg, and I had to spend two weeks in hospital and continue treatment at home,” B’tselem quoted him as saying.

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

Nearly half a million Israelis have moved to illegal West Bank settlements.
Some settler outposts, including the Ma’on Farm, are also illegal under Israeli law, however, the government has been slow or unwilling to evacuate them.

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