Israeli settler violence
UN rights experts warn of surge in Israeli settler violence against Palestinians
“The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported 771 instances of settler abuse in 2020, injuring 133 Palestinians and destroying 9,646 trees and 184 vehicles, mainly in the areas of Hebron (al-Khalil), Jerusalem [al-Quds], Nablus, and Ramallah,” the experts said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Over 210 settler violent incidents were reported in the first three months of 2021, with one Palestinian fatality.
According to the declaration, Israeli authorities should "investigate and prosecute these violent actions with vigor and determination."
Michael Lynk, special rapporteur on the condition of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, special rapporteur on appropriate housing and the right to non-discrimination, and independent expert Claudia Mahler were among the experts who contributed to the study.
According to the paper, the violence was largely politically driven and intended to take over land as well as “intimidate and terrorize” Palestinians.
According to the experts, “they mainly target the livelihoods of rural Palestinians, vandalizing cattle, agricultural lands, trees, and homes.”
Scores of Palestinian families in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah face displacement, according to human rights experts.
Over 70 families living in the Karm Al-Ja'buni region of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem [al-Quds] are facing forced eviction to make way for new settlements, according to reports.”
“Eviction notices have already been issued to seven families, requiring them to vacate their homes by May 2, 2021. Under internment law, all forced evictions that result in population movements are strictly prohibited.
The statement concluded, "Palestinians must be shielded from settler abuse, and perpetrators must be kept accountable for their acts."
Since Israel's 1967 takeover of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds, over 600,000 Israelis have lived in over 230 settlements.
Palestinians want the West Bank to be a part of a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.