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Settler Violence: Absence of Law Enforcement

Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks. Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency. The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources.

 

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Settlers and military continue their joint assaults on the village of ‘Urif with impunity

The shed settlers built on village land. Photo by Salma a-Deb’i, B’Tselem 9 July 2018The village of ‘Urif, with a population of some 3,600, is located southwest of Nablus. Due to its proximity to the settlement of Yitzhar and its satellite outposts…
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Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available…

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