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Unprecedented Israeli Settler Violence Displaces over 1,100 Palestinians in the West Bank: UN Report

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Over 1,100 Palestinians Displaced by Israeli Settler Violence in the West Bank

A recently released report by the United Nations revealed that since 2022, more than 1,100 Palestinians have been forced to leave their homes in the occupied West Bank due to acts of violence by Israeli settlers.

Unprecedented Mass Migration

Officials have described this mass migration as an unprecedented event in recent years.

High Rate of Settler-Related Incidents

The report documented that there have been three settler-related incidents every day in the West Bank, which is the highest daily rate recorded since the United Nations began documenting such incidents in 2006.

Emptying Palestinian Communities

As a result of the violence, five Palestinian communities have been completely emptied, while six others have witnessed the departure of half of their residents, and seven others have seen a quarter of their population flee.

Expanding Israeli Settlements and Peak of Violence

Under the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli settlements have been expanding, leading to what Palestinians describe as a peak of violence by extremist Israeli settlers.

Response from the United Nations

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Len Hastings, the Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, stated that the United Nations has recorded unprecedented levels of settler violence against Palestinians this year. He emphasized that while the humanitarian community is responding to the urgent needs of those affected, respecting their basic rights would eliminate the need for such assistance.

Impact on Livelihoods and Prospects for a Palestinian State

Those who have been displaced report attacks on their pastoral lands and violence by settlement outposts as the reasons for leaving their homes permanently. Experts warn that this trend is changing the map of the West Bank and further undermining the prospects for establishing an independent Palestinian state.

International Views on Settlements

The international community overwhelmingly views Israeli settlements as illegal and a major obstacle to peace.

Concerns Raised by President Biden

During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Joe Biden expressed concerns about the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government, including the issue of settler violence.

Lack of Response from Israeli Authorities

Displaced Palestinians report that the Israeli authorities, who are responsible for administering the area, rarely respond to cases of settler violence. According to UN data, only 6% of communities that filed complaints with the authorities reported any follow-up action.

Escalation of Violence in the West Bank

The escalation in settler violence coincides with ongoing violent Israeli-Palestinian conflicts in the region. According to the Associated Press, around 190 Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed by Israeli fire this year, with Israel claiming that most of the deceased were armed fighters.

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