UN human rights experts have warned that violence against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, including attacks and destruction of property by Israeli settlers, has increased significantly in recent months.
In the first three months of 2021, they said, more than 210 settlements were recorded as violent, with one Palestinian killed.
“By 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has injured 13 settled Palestinians and mostly 771 trees, mostly in Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah, with 9,646 trees and 184 vehicles damaged 77,771. “Experts said in a statement on Wednesday.
The team of experts behind the report included Michael Link, the highly respected Balakrishnan Rajagopal on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967, and Claudia Mahla, an independent expert on the subject of adequate housing and inequality.
They called on the Israeli army and police to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence.
According to experts, the violence was largely driven by ideology and prevented Palestinians from entering their territory while “intimidating and terrorizing” Palestinians and forcing others to flee.
“They are mainly targeting the livelihoods of rural Palestinians by vandalizing cattle, agricultural land, trees and houses,” they said.
Experts mentioned in their statement A violent incident in Hebron On March 13, some of the Palestinian families in which 10 Israelis settled their parents and eight children were armed.
“The injured parents were treated in a medical file in Hebron and the children fell into an injured condition,” it said.
Scattered throughout the Palestinian territories, about 500,000 Israelis have settled in more than 200 settlements and dozens of unauthorized outposts.
The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – the territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
Palestinians, who have limited self-government in the West Bank, say Israeli settlements deny them an effective state. Most countries consider settlements illegal under international law.
Sheikh Zararah evicted
Rights experts also point out that dozens of Palestinian families living in Sheikh Zararah’s East Jerusalem neighborhood are under threat of eviction from their homes.
The statement said, “It is equally disturbing news that more than 80 families living in the Sheikh Jararah Karam al-Jabuni area of East Jerusalem are under threat of eviction, forcing them to settle in new settlements.”
“Seven families have already received eviction orders and have been asked to vacate their homes by May 2, 2021. National evictions are strictly prohibited in accordance with international law.”
Located just north of the Old City on Mount Skopus, Sheikh Jarrah, home to 3,000 Palestinians, is a refugee who has been ethnically cleansed from their homes in other parts of historical Palestine. 1948 Nakba.
In October last year, an Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem ordered the eviction of 12 of Sheikh Zararah’s 24 Palestinian families and the eviction of 12 Jewish settlers. The court further ruled that settlers must pay a fee of 70,000 shekels (20,000 20,000) to each family to cut legal costs.
According to Grassroots Jerusalem, a platform for Palestinian community-based integration, there have been a number of Jewish settlers since 2001.
Responsibility to protect
Inaugurating the Fourth Geneva Convention, the expert called on Israel to comply with international law, which requires it to protect its people.
Experts also called on the international community to “impose meaningful costs on Israel’s protracted occupation” and to stop expanding its settlement in the West Bank.
“Palestinians must be protected from non-violent violence and perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions.”