Sat 30 Sep 2023 11:12 am - Jerusalem Time

National Bureau: UN monitors settler terrorism in Palestinian territories and remains idle

The National Office for Land Defense and Settlement Resistance, affiliated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, said on Saturday that the United Nations monitors settler violence in the Palestinian territories, and does nothing to stop their terrorist practices.

He touched on the latest report issued a week ago by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territory occupied in 1967, which sheds some light on the escalating settler violence under the Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, as three settler-related incidents occur per day on average during the months. The first eight incidents of the year 2023, compared to an average of two incidents per day during the year 2022 and one incident per day in the year 2021. This is the highest level of settler-related violent incidents since 2006. This violence resulted in the displacement of 1,105 people from 28 Palestinian herding communities, representing about 12 percent of the population of pastoral communities, from their places of residence since 2022.

Most of the displaced were in the governorates of Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Nablus, and Hebron, which also have the highest number of Israeli settlement outposts. The report states that since 2022, the residents of four communities have been displaced and are now empty, and more than 50 percent of six communities, and more than 25 percent of seven other communities, were distributed among the following governorates in the West Bank: 77 from three communities in Tubas Governorate, 276 from Seven communities in Nablus Governorate, 15 from one of the communities in Qalqilya Governorate, 30 from one of the communities in Salfit Governorate, 410 from six communities in Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, 53 from one of the communities in Jerusalem Governorate, 35 from one of the communities in Bethlehem, and 209 from Nine communities in Hebron Governorate, due to escalating settler violence.

The reasons for the total or partial migration of these communities are clear. About 93 percent of these communities reported that the reasons were due to an increase in settler violence, and 90 percent of them indicated an increase in the intensity of this violence since the beginning of 2022.

All of this is happening, according to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs, in the absence of accountability for settler violence. In 81 percent of the communities that were exposed to settler violence, residents filed complaints with the Israeli police in some or most of the incidents of settler violence to which they were exposed.


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National Bureau: UN monitors settler terrorism in Palestinian territories and remains idle