Settler Attacks on Palestinians
Settlers attack Palestinians with impunity.
by Stephen Lendman
Last February, a Jerusalem Fund/Palestine Center (PC) report titled "When Settlers Attack" discussed data collected from 2004 to 2011. It includes over 3,700 separate incidents. It explains when, how, and why they occur.
PC discovered a disturbing increase in violence. Palestinian civilians are targeted. Northern rural West Bank villages are most affected.
Each year, attacks peak during olive harvest season. Most aren't "price tag" revenge incidents. They're structural and systemic. They're occupation related.
Over 90% of areas experiencing violence are under Israeli security jurisdiction. According to PC's executive director Yousef Munayyer:
"The dramatic rise in settler violence in the last several years demands investigation and analysis into why this happens."
"We believe our report is the most comprehensive undertaking regarding settler violence and we hope it can move the general discussion about this important issue forward while also advancing policy formulation aimed at ending settler violence and protecting Palestinian civilians and their property."
"With a 300 percent+ increase in settler violence of the past five years and nearly 2.7 incidents per day in 2011, settler violence presents a daily challenge to Palestinians."
Increasing Israeli setter violence directly and consistently threatens Palestinian civilians and their property.
From 2010 - 2011, incidents increased 39%. From 2007 - 2011, it's up 315%. Over the same period, Palestinian violence decreased 95%.
Geographically dispersed West Bank violence is shifting. Earlier, incidents occurred mostly in southern areas. In recent years, northern locations are increasingly targeted.
Incidents peak seasonally during olive harvest. Working in olive groves makes Palestinians easy targets.
Arson attacks are increasing in numbers and frequency. In 2005, they represented about 6% of attacks. In 2011, they rose to 11%.