Report: “Settler Attacks Increased By 40% During 2011”

November 12, 2011 4:21 PM IMEMC Agencies Human rights, News Report, West Bank 0
12 Nov
4:21 PM

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported that compared to 2010, this year witnessed a 40% increase in attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against the Palestinians, leading to dozens of injuries amongst the Palestinian residents, and extensive property damage.The OCHA reports revealed that three Palestinians, including two children, were killed by Israeli settlers in 2011, and that 167 were injured.

Over one hundred Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers and policemen during clashes between Israeli settlers and local Palestinian residents, with one being killed.

Israeli settlers also uprooted, damaged or destroyed more than 10,000 Palestinian Olive Trees in 2011, significantly undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of families

Israeli settler violations, including home take-over, led to the displacement of 127 Palestinians from a single community, who were forced to relocate to Area A or B within the West Bank (from Area C, which is under full Israeli civil and military control).

According to the report, eight Israeli settlers have been killed, and thirty others were injured by Palestinians in 2011, comparing to five killed and 43 injured during the same period in 2010.

Settler attacks also led to the displacement of 127 Palestinians in different Palestinian areas.

Palestinian residents filed dozens of complaints to the Israeli police after being attacked by settlers, but the Police closed over 90% of the complaints without an indictment.

OCHA further reported that more than 80 Palestinian communities, inhibated by 250,000 Palestinians are vulnerable to settler violence, including 76,000 Palestinians who are considered at high risk.

This report is only regarding settler attacks and violations, and does not include casualties of Israeli military violence against the Palestinians.

Full OCHA report:

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