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Settler violence Backed by the State

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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March 2019: Israeli settlers assault Palestinians, military assists

On the morning of 17 March 2019, a Palestinian stabbed and shot dead an Israeli soldier, Gal Keidan, and later shot a settler, Achiad Ettinger, (after stealing his car at Ariel junction). He also fired at other soldiers. Ettinger died of his wounds…

Expel and Exploit

The report B’Tselem published today shows how Israel has been taking over Palestinian rural space, fragmenting it, dispossessing its residents of land and water, and handing over these areas to settlers. The process is illustrated through a case…

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