Over 100 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in past 10 days alone

Over 100 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in past 10 days alone
Palestinians in the West Bank were subject to over 100 attacks in the past 10 days alone, with even elderly settlers and children joining in.
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21 October, 2022
Israeli security forces often turn a blind eye to settler attacks on Palestinians [Getty/archive]

More than 100 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians have been documented in the last ten days alone, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

Most of the attacks took place in the north of the occupied West Bank, particularly in the town of Huwara in Nablus governorate.

The Israeli newspaper reported that older adults, women, and children from settlements are increasingly involved in attacks on Palestinians, quoting a security official.

"Older adults, women with children are also arriving and simply starting to go wild," the official said.

All the victims of these assaults were Palestinians.

Haaretz said that Israeli army chief Aviv Kochavi "did not publicly express interest in any of those incidents", but was quick to condemn an attack on an Israeli army patrol this week by the settlers.

Israeli security forces most of the time turn a blind eye to attacks by Israelis against Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"Kochavi clearly knows, as do Israel's Central Command brass, that the same settlers rioting and attacking Palestinians are the same ones responsible for attacking his officers and fighters," reported Haaretz.

"However, security establishment sources familiar with the details say they all prefer avoiding statements that could be interpreted as political, especially during the sensitive election campaign."

Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Around 475,000 Israelis now live in settlements across the territory, which are considered illegal under international law.

The West Bank is home to around 2.8 million Palestinians, who in different areas of the West Bank are subject to Israeli military rule or live under limited Palestinian governance.

Aside from the settler attacks, more than 100 Palestinian fighters and civilians have been killed since the start of the year by Israeli forces, the heaviest toll in the West Bank for nearly seven years, according to the United Nations.