The Israeli rights group B’tselem said Sunday that in 170 incidents of Jewish settler violence against Palestinians, Israeli forces did not intervene to protect Palestinians and at times actively joined the attacks.
In the report, the B’tselem rights group said it documented a total of 451 settler attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank since early last year.
““When the violence occurs with permission and assistance from the Israeli authorities and under its auspices, it is state violence. The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding,” the organization said in its report.”https://t.co/d8Fybd8yCD
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) November 14, 2021
“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,” it said.
Israel, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, rejects claims that its treatment of the Palestinians amounts to apartheid.
Last night, settlers fired live ammunition, threw stones, smashed car windows and injured at least five Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills. The military evacuated a tent settlers had set up in Firing Zone 918, and when it left the area, > pic.twitter.com/54rSx5TRrp
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) November 11, 2021
According to B’tselem, in 170 incidents of settler violence, the Israeli army stood by or assisted the attackers.
Over 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
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