The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, on Sunday, condemned the killing of a Palestinian by armed Israeli settlers in al-Mughayer village, northeast of Ramallah.
â€śI condemn yesterdayâ€™s violence in the West Bank in which a Palestinian man was killed. My thoughts are with his family,â€ť Burt posted on his official Twitter account, WAFA reports.
Hamdi Talib Nasan, a 38-year-old father of four, was killed by settlers from the illegal Adi Ad outpost after the latter raided the village on late Saturday.
â€śThose responsible must be brought to justice,â€ť Burt added.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Such violence includes property, mosque and church arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, and attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
The number of settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to 834,000 and settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.
All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.