OCHA Documents 2011 Settler Violence
A November Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for the Occupied Palestinian Territory discussed this year's settler violence to date. These facts were covered:
- on average, weekly settler attacks causing Palestinian injuries and property damage increased 40% compared to 2010, 165% to 2009;
- settlers killed three Palestinians, injuring another 167;
- another Palestinian was killed and 101 injured by soldiers intervening in settler-farmer clashes; Palestinians were harmed instead of protected;
- eight settlers were killed, another 30 injured, compared to five deaths and 43 injuries in 2010;
- settlers damaged or destroyed nearly 10,000 Palestinian trees, mainly olive ones; the livelihoods of hundreds of families were significantly undermined;
- in July 2011, repeated attacks entirely displaced a Palestinian community of 127;
- Israeli police summarily dismissed over 90% of Palestinian complaints; and
- OCHA identified over 80 Palestinian communities with a combined population of nearly 250,000 vulnerable to settler violence, including 76,000 at high risk.
OCHA concluded that:
(1) Settler violence undermines the security and livelihoods of West Bank Palestinians.
(2) Many attacks were committed by settlers living in unauthorized Israeli "outposts," many built on privately-owned Palestinian land.
(3) Settler violence stems from Israel's longstanding policy of stealing Palestinian land, displacing Arabs with Jews, and turning a blind eye to their lawlessness.
(4) International and Israeli laws are ignored. Most investigations are whitewashed. Settlers commit vandalism and assaults with impunity. As a result, they continue unchallenged.
(5) Settler violence increases the risk of Palestinian displacement. Stealing more land is facilitated.