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24 August 2021

May 2021: Two Palestinians were fatally shot in two joint attacks by settlers and soldiers in the villages of Iskaka and Urif - Awad Harb and Nidal Safadi

On 14 May 2021, settlers and soldiers invaded two villages, ‘Urif and Iskaka, in two incidents. The settlers, some armed, threw stones at homes and residents, who came out to defend themselves by throwing stones. In both villages, settlers and soldiers fired live rounds, injuring of 12 residents and killing two: ‘Awad Harb in Iskaka and Nidal Safadi in ‘Urif. Collusion between soldiers and settlers in the attacks on Palestinians has long been part of the routine in the West Bank that endangers the lives, property, and wellbeing of the villagers.

12 August 2021

Israeli soldiers shot and killed Fadi Washahah, although he posed no risk, during a demonstration near al-Birah

On 15 May 2021, violent clashes took place between soldiers and dozens of Palestinians at the northern entrance to al-Birah. Fadi Washahah (34) came to join a protest march that was about to reach the area, and headed with two other people towards a group of protesters hurling stones at soldiers. Before he reached them, soldiers unlawfully shot him, although he posed no risk, injuring him in the head from 70-100 meters away. He died two weeks later. Based on experience, the MPIU investigation launched will likely serve to whitewash the killing.

8 August 2021

Border Police and settlers attack family in Hebron during argument over crossing a checkpoint, arrest member and demand he not complain against a settler in exchange for releasing him

On 5 July 2021, sisters Rima and Iman a-Talhami were driving home within Hebron in the former’s car, which has Israeli license plates. Border Police officers at Checkpoint 160 inexplicably refused to let them through. In the ensuing argument, settlers joined in and one knocked Iman over. The officers beat her son Muhammad, arrested him and demanded the family not file a complaint in exchange for releasing him. Palestinians depend on the whims of security forces in Hebron and throughout the West Bank, and are familiar with this violent routine.

4 August 2021

Settlers violently attack farmers from Khirbet Tana and Beit Furik in Nablus District and threaten them

On 14 June 2021, a fire broke out on pastureland that lies on a ridge south of Beit Furik and Khirbet Tana. The settlement of Itamar was established on the ridge in 1984 on land belonging to Palestinian villages, and later joined by several outposts. The following day, settlers attacked Palestinian farmers, accused them of setting the fire, threatened them and damaged their property. State-backed settler violence has become a routine part of the occupation, leading to the increasing dispossession of Palestinians throughout the West Bank.

4 August 2021

Settlers stone Palestinian residents; soldiers escorting them arrest B’Tselem volunteer for no reason, abuse him and release him two days later

On 11 May 2021, dozens of settlers attacked residents of the Gheith neighborhood in central Hebron and threw stones at them. The latter threw stones back. Soldiers ignored the settlers and hurled tear gas and stun grenades at the residents. At one point, settlers stoned neighborhood resident Nael Fakhuri, a B’Tselem volunteer who was passing by with his son and a neighbor. Six Border Police officers then arrested him. He was transferred between police stations, beaten by soldiers and released two days later after paying NIS 4,000.

2 August 2021

A-Tuwani and al-Mufaqarah, South Hebron Hills: Settlers escorted by soldiers attack Palestinians with stones and sticks and torch agricultural structure; soldiers fire live rounds and tear gas at the Palestinians

On Saturday, 26 June 2021, some 20 settlers invaded the village of a-Tuwani, stoned residents and beat some with sticks, injuring one. Soldiers then escorted the settlers to other communities. A settler fired at Palestinians and several others torched an agricultural structure of an a-Tuwani resident and damaged his olive grove. After the settlers retreated, other soldiers arrived and fired live fire and tear gas at the Palestinians and their homes. This is life for Masafer Yatta residents, whom Israel works to expel from their land.

1 August 2021

Israeli military violently raids al-Fawwar R.C., killing one Palestinian and injuring four

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, soldiers raided al-Fawwar R.C. to arrest three residents in their homes. After one arrest, soldiers remained on the home’s roof, firing live and "two-two" bullets at residents on nearby rooftops, balconies and streets. They injured four residents and killed Hussein' Atiyyah Titi, who was hit in the chest while on his roof. As they left, the soldiers fired at a Red Crescent ambulance, puncturing its tires. The unjustifiable shooting is another expression of the military's disregard for Palestinians’ lives.

29 July 2021

Israeli sniper fatally shoots Malek Hamdan (20) while Palestinians throw stones at soldiers

On 14 May 2021, some 15 Palestinians from Salem went to a road by the village and threw stones at a car coming from the settlement of Elon Moreh. The driver got out and fired several shots at them. Soldiers who arrived fired tear gas, “rubber” bullets and live shots at them. The youths fled to the village while throwing stones at the soldiers. A sniper then shot one in the chest with a 0.22-inch-caliber bullet as he was turning to face the soldiers several dozen meters away – although regulations allow lethal fire only to counter mortal danger.

26 July 2021

Lethal suppression: Soldiers kill three protesters in three demonstrations across West Bank

In May 2021, Palestinians throughout the West Bank protested against the fighting in Gaza, police violence at al-Aqsa Mosque and planned evictions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. They mainly burned tires, blocked roads and threw stones at soldiers. Israeli troops suppressing the protests killed 13 demonstrators, two of them minors. The reckless open-fire policy employed against protesters not endangering lives, illustrated in three cases below, conveys, yet again, Israel’s disregard for Palestinians’ lives and wellbeing.

21 July 2021

Soldiers in ambush shoot and kill Islam Dar Nasser, a 16-year-old throwing stones from a distance and posing no risk

On Tuesday, 18 May 2021, shortly before residents of Bil'in were about to protest near the Separation Barrier west of the village, two soldiers appeared from an ambush beyond the barrier. The soldiers fired from about 40 meters away at young men who threw stones, hitting Islam Dar Nasser (16) in the head, who died of his wounds shortly afterward. The deadly shooting was carried out unlawfully and is another expression of the Israeli military's open-fire policy in the Occupied Territories, which permits lethal live fire in response to any threat.